This presentation will describe the Doctorate in Education study entitled, ‘How university teachers and students use educational technology in university classroom contexts to optimise learning: a study of purposes, principles, processes and perspectives’. It will outline the rationale of the research, its qualitative research design and will report on the thinking and decision making behind how 15 university students used learning technologies to optimise the quality of their learning in the first two years of their undergraduate chemistry studies.
The study identified the influences of learning technology on student learning are mediated by students’ disposition towards learning and the task and social contexts of their learning. This presentation will provide a conceptual model abstracted from the research findings on the factors influencing the mediation of learning by learning technology (Pea, 1993).
It argues that those students who are pioneer users of learning technology and ahead of the university teacher’s curve need to be incorporated into the planning and evaluating of experiences of learning and teaching in learning technology-mediated classroom contexts and how they could be appointed as learning coaches to those students who are somewhat bewildered and frustrated by learning technology use.
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Jisc (2013) ‘Digital Literacies as a Postgraduate Attribute’, Developing Digital Literacies Programme, Available at: http://jiscdesignstudio.pbworks.com/w/page/50732695/Digital%20Literacies%20as%20a%20Postgraduate%20Attribute%20project
Markauskaite, L. and Goodyear P. (2009) ‘Designing for complex ICT-based learning: understanding teacher thinking to help improve educational design’ in Same places, different spaces, Proceedings ASCILITE Auckland 2009, Available at: http://www/ascilite.org.au/conferences/auckland09/procs/markauskaite.pdf
Pea, R.D. (1993) ‘Practices of distributed intelligence and designs for education’, in Salomon, G. (ed.) Distributed cognitions, Psychological and educational considerations. UK: Cambridge University Press, pp.47-87.