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H809 – Reflecting on frameworks (A3.8)

February 26, 2011

After listening to the week 3 podcast where James Aczel, Chair of H809, speaks to Gráinne Conole and Peter Twining about the various frameworks that have been used to examine the impact of information and communication technology (ICT) on education we are asked to  reflect on the frameworks.

  1. In the light of the podcast and this week’s work, consider how you might revise the way in which you are making notes on studies. Do the questions from Activity 1.4 need elaborating?
  2. Look back at Reading 1 and consider the questions that were asked in that research. Do you think they represent a dominant ‘paradigm’ for research in any particular period? Are the research questions and methods still relevant today?

First of all, compliment to the course team who produced the interesting podcast. Gráinne Conole is a constant figure in all the MAODE courses and I like her work and her argumentation.  It is comprehensive, clear to understand and her work shows that she is pretty much in touch with the real world and not too theoretical, that’s what I like most. She often expresses my innermost thoughts.

The podcast would also nicely fit in H807 Innovations in elearning, because all three people in the interview agree that innovations are not necessarily depend on speed, similar to what Pettit said in the H807 course material and they also claim that  innovation are not solely related to technology. They state a lot of these discussions we get hung up on the technology, and we focus on the technology, and we forget that actually what we need to focus on is the educational vision.

Revising my way how I make notes on studies, I must say I definitely spend too much time on detailed description in my blog. Well, the deep learning approach facilitates my learning, but I think regarding my busy schedule I should sometimes take a more strategic approach. Do the questions from Activity 1.4 need elaborating? Not really I think, well we could elaborate it by the questions what methodology is used and perspectives are dominant and how might they influence the study. I incorporated perspectives already under the heading concepts:  What theories, concepts and key terms are being used, and as methodology describes the relationship between all the perspectives I would simply extend the questions by this point.

Looking back at Reading 1 – Hiltz and Meinke (1989) I think they were definitely ahead of their time, or let’s rephrase it, early adopters, introducing a Virtual Classroom and emphasising on collaborative work and allowing learners to have a greater ownership of learning, thus negotiating power. At that time Sfard’s acquisition metaphor, i.e. knowledge ‘out there’ still the dominant paradigm, at least in German school, where this perspective of the knowledge society still persists. So I think the research questions and methods are still relevant today.

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