Exploring the online students’ learning context at their own home

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The underlying basis for this paper is research-based evaluation of a digital innovative educa-tion in nursing at Faculty of Health Sciences, VIA University College in Denmark, called NETeducation. The purpose of NETeducation is to develop an e-didactic approach to profes-sional learning both in an individual, educational and organizational perspective (Nielsen et al 2011). As all professional educations NETeducation enters into the challenges of aligning the interaction between scholastic learning and practical learning.
The new approach includes a clear focus on preparing students to engage in a digital and high-tech healthcare. Research shows that young people's use of technology educationally leads to achieving digital literacy or technacy (Borgnakke 2012), but also that the nursing students’ IT habitus may complicate this (Kolbæk 2013). Furthermore, the e-pedagogical ap-proach challenges 100 years of tradition with emphasis on classroom teaching (ibid.).
The project is methodologically inspired by both ethnographic methods and evaluation re-search (Borgnakke 2013a, Dahler-Larsen 2003). The methodological approach draws on in-ternational experience with school and education ethnographic methods and case studies described both as blended methodology and multi-sited (Hammersley, Atkinson 1996, Borgnakke 2013b, Marcus 1995). This means that periods of document collection at different organisational levels and participating observations in different learning contexts alternate with spontaneous conversations, interviews and document collection in the shifting learning situations in the classroom, the digital classroom, the clinical settings and at home with the students.
In the paper the focus will be on the observations at the students’ home and the methodologi-cal challenges it presents. The first observation periods at home with students show examples of how they create their own strategies and a digital space for interactions, communication and learning. There has been experimented with methods that are suitable to follow the stu-dents online and offline activities in this space.
This paper will provide an insight into what the project achieves by observing at the students' home and not just follow the students in the more institutional learning contexts as classroom and clinical settings.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date26 May 2014
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2014
EventRethinking Educational Ethnography: Exploring the learning context: Exploring the learning context - Københavns Universitet, Det Humanistiskte Fakultet, Institut for Medier, Erkendelse og Formidling, Afdelingen for Pædagogik, København, Denmark
Duration: 3 Jun 20144 Jun 2014


ConferenceRethinking Educational Ethnography: Exploring the learning context
LocationKøbenhavns Universitet, Det Humanistiskte Fakultet, Institut for Medier, Erkendelse og Formidling, Afdelingen for Pædagogik


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