Evolving Use of Technologically Supported Learning Environments

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Abstract

This article outlines how technologically mediated learning environments can offer an opportunity to reshape pedagogical models. Traditional learning processes place learners along a common and controlled starting point. We guide our students through avenues of selected materials and we assist and support them as they work towards predefined end points. Nowhere along this learning route are students offered opportunities to speak to or learn from students who took the course previously. We do not capture the conversations or challenges of students as they work through any given course and as a result, current and future students are not offered an opportunity to hear from and potentially engage with those who went before. This article challenges current models and suggests that one of the more powerful aspects of online learning communities is that we have the ability to capture and use the work of others to build different approaches to learning and knowledge creation.