Some Insights into the Impact of ICTs on Learning Agency and Seamless Learning

Some Insights into the Impact of ICTs on Learning Agency and Seamless Learning

Hitendra Pillay (Queensland University of Technology, Australia), John A. Clarke (Queensland University of Technology, Australia) and Peter G. Taylor (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-953-3.ch005
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Abstract

The learning capacity of individuals is becoming recognised as the most valued commodity in a knowledge and information society and this has fostered an increased attention on the innovation, transfer, and management of knowledge. To explain these processes, it is necessary to move beyond what has traditionally been conceived of as a learning environment and to develop alternative models that acknowledge and accommodate the learning competencies required to successfully engage with a contingent and dynamic learning culture, the changing nature of knowledge, and the influence of the cultural background of learners. Such models need to explain the lifelong and continuous nature of learning as learners move seamlessly among a range of diverse learning environments. This chapter proposes the concept of learning agency which incorporates the intelligence inherent in learning environments as a mechanism to explain seamless learning within and across environments, particularly those that are rich in technology.

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