Comparing the Block 2 Readings (A8.6 + A9.3)
Since about week 6 it seems that only two or three people actively contribute to the tutor forum. Please no offense, everybody have their reasons for not contribution, and I am a seldom seen guest in H807 as well , but especially right now with all the different perspectives and methodologies introduced it would be great to discuss our answers in a little bit more depth. However, sometimes only one contribution is available, or in the worst case the forum is empty, except for the initial blog post from the tutor. I recently spoke to another student that is in another tutor group and he raised similar issues that the forums are somehow deserted.
I already started sneaking into other tutor groups, yet there are just three altogether, and they do not yield much more information :-(. But, I found at least some students who posted something in their forums and/or blogs which help me to contrast them with my answers. I would call the communities of practice. We are a group, we share the same interests, have the same purpose – to survive the course 😉 and we are guided by formal and informal policies and supported by computer technology (Preece 2000).
We are asked to extend the table from activity 8.6 (which I somehow forgot :-S with the reading from Greenhow and Belbas (2007). I also added Jones and Preece and their ‘Online communities’ .
Comparing perspectives and methodologies
- Key features of the theory
- Defining context
- Aspects of learning foregrounded
- Application and uses
- Appropriate data collection methods to use
- Appropriate data analyses to use
Please download the table to see the results
Crook, C. and Dymott, R. (2005) ‘ICT and the literacy practices of student writing’ in Monteith, M. (ed.) Teaching Secondary School Literacies with ICT, Maidenhead, Open University Press.
Greenhow, C. & Belbas, B. (2007) ‘Using activity-oriented design methods to study collaborative knowledge-building in e-learning courses within higher education’, Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, vol. 2, pp. 363–391, available online at http://libezproxy.open.ac.uk/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11412-007-9023-3 (accessed 31 January 2011).
Jones, A. and Preece, J. (2006) ‘Online communities for teachers and lifelong learners: a framework for comparing similarities and identifying differences in communities of practice and communities of interest’, International Journal of Learning Technology, vol. 2, no. 2–3, pp. 112–37.
Tolmie, A. (2001) ‘Examining learning in relation to the contexts of use of ICT’, Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 235–41; also available online at http://libezproxy.open.ac.uk/login?url=http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/links/doi
/10.1046/j.0266-4909.2001.00178.x (Accessed 2 December 2010).