Sustainable e-learning, activity theory and professional development

Robertson, I 2008, 'Sustainable e-learning, activity theory and professional development', in Hello! Where are You in the Landscape of Educational Technology? Proceedings ASCILITE Melbourne 2008, Melbourne, Australia, 30 November - 3 December 2008.


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Title Sustainable e-learning, activity theory and professional development
Author(s) Robertson, I
Year 2008
Conference name ASCILITE 2008 Melbourne
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 30 November - 3 December 2008
Proceedings title Hello! Where are You in the Landscape of Educational Technology? Proceedings ASCILITE Melbourne 2008
Publisher ASCILITE
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Abstract Sustainable e-learning can be defined as e-learning that has become normative in meeting the needs of the present and future. This exploratory paper proposes that activity theory is a theoretical framework that provides the potential to contribute to change management towards sustainable e-learning. Using organisational, technological and pedagogic perspectives, the paper demonstrates that activity theory provides a common language for discussion across the three activity systems. Activity theory provides an opportunity for the assumptions, values and beliefs that underpin each system to be made more explicit. With debate, discussion and critique, expansionist learning becomes possible. That is, learning beyond what would have been possible if actors from each perspective were to remain insulated. The power dynamics that occur at the interface of the organisational, technological and pedagogic activity systems are considered to conclude that any change management towards sustainable e-learning must address this issue. The role of professional development for teachers in establishing sustainable e-learning emerges as a central issue. It is concluded that professional development that does not address teacher¿s beliefs about what constitutes good teaching practice is likely to be unsuccessful.
Subjects Educational Technology and Computing
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