Designing for Dialogue and Digitality in Higher and Continuing Education

Elsebeth K. Sorensen, Thomas Kjærgaard

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Abstract

This study investigates and contrasts three scenarios of further education; presence lessons and two types of blended learning. It addresses the conceptual challenge of creating learning designs for online learning communities of practice (COPs) with a focus on 'collaborative digital dialogue as the curriculum' (CDDC). The aim of the study is to identify the mechanisms that spawn and maintain collaboration and dialogue in digital/online discussions. Emphasis is put on locating the essential pedagogic-didactic elements giving rise to peer-to-peer dialogue, collaborative knowledge building (CKB) and reflection. As a basis for exploring, identifying, assessing and discussing pertinent elements in pedagogic design of online learning in COPs, we apply as the analytical optic a framework of Critical Realism (CR). In exploring the notion ‘nexus of cognition’ (NOC) and the emergence of an ‘open source learning stream’ (OSLS) in digital dialogue (DD), unfolding in virtual learning environments (VLEs), the paper further investigates the appropriateness in this respect of diverse scaffolding mechanisms, reaching from phatic teacher comments to academic, scaffolding video-clips. The empirical basis for studying these design aspects is constituted by learning designs from, both a University context and a University College context. The findings and discussion resulting from the analysis suggest that a meta-communicative learning-to-learn (L2L) approach to dialogue in the pedagogic aspects of the learning design may be fruitful in highlighting and promoting the establishment and maintenance of a collaborative digital dialogue that is conducive to achieving deep learning quality in digital CoPs unfolding in VLEs.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Networked Learning 2016
RedaktørerThomas Ryberg, S. Cranmer, N.B. Dohn, M. de Laat, J.A. Sime
ForlagThe Networked Learning Conference
Publikationsdato2016
Sider103-112
ISBN (Trykt)978-1-86220-324-2
StatusUdgivet - 2016
BegivenhedNetworked Learning Conference 2016 - Lancaster University, Lancaster, Storbritannien
Varighed: 9 maj 201611 maj 2016
Konferencens nummer: 10
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KonferenceNetworked Learning Conference 2016
Nummer10
LokationLancaster University
LandStorbritannien
ByLancaster
Periode09/05/1611/05/16
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