Emerging Frontiers of Learning Online: Digital Ecosystems, Blended Learning and Implications for Adult Learning

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Title Emerging Frontiers of Learning Online: Digital Ecosystems, Blended Learning and Implications for Adult Learning
Author Finger, Glenn; Sun, Pei Chen; Jamieson-Proctor, Romina
Book Title Adult Learning in the Digital Age: Perspectives on Online Technologies and Outcomes
Editor Terry T. Kidd & Jared Keengwe
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United States
Publisher Information Science Reference
Abstract The potential for online education for adult learning have been well argued, and in recent times there have been eLearning initiatives to realise the potential offered by online education. Adult learning institutions, particularly Universities, have adopted and introduced infrastructure to support Learning Management Systems (LMS), Local Area Networks (LAN), Learning Management Content Systems (LMCS), and Virtual Learning Environments (VLE). Following discussion of those eLearning environments, this chapter will suggest that the limitations of those digital systems is leading to the next phase with the development of digital ecosystems conceptualised as learning platforms which keeps learning central, enables interoperability, and forms a base for building upon through use of new technologies and increased capabilities of educators to use information and communication technologies (ICT) for curriculum, pedagogy and assessment (Ingvarson & Gaffney, 2008). Digital ecosystems enable the integration of student administration, LAN (requiring teacher and student logins and passwords), VLE, content repository, community links, utilise Web 2.0 (social networking) technologies, and can have the adult learner as the central focus of the design of the platform and its functionalities. Subsequently, the chapter draws upon the findings of a research project (Sun, Tsai, Finger, Chen, & Yeh, 2007) which identified the critical functionalities for eLearner satisfaction to provide suggestions that the architecture and design of an eLearning system should be informed by the adult learners' perceived usefulness of the system (Pitnuch & Lee, 2006). More recently, the presentation of face to face teaching and online learning as alternatives has been superseded by conceptualisations of blended learning. Through presenting these learning environments in terms of their possibilities and limitations, and the emergence of blended learning, implications for adult learning will be synthesised.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://old.igi-global.com/reference/
Chapter Number 1
Page from 1
Page to 12
ISBN 978-1-60566-828-4
Date Accessioned 2010-02-24
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Educational Technology and Computing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/33630
Publication Type Book Chapters
Publication Type Code b1

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