Teachers’ Ideas about Learning, their use of Technology and Learner-Centred Classrooms

Tim Seifert, Bruce Sheppard, Marg Wakeham, Memorial University, Canada

Abstract

Despite the ubiquitous and prolific application of computer technologies in educational contexts, technology has not yielded significant transformations of classroom practice. One reason may be due to teachers’ understandings of effective learning and how technology can be used to support learning. In this study, we observed and interviewed ten teachers who were considered to exemplary and known to use technology. While there were instances of technology being used to create learner-centred lessons, much of the time technology was used to make teacher-directed practices more efficient. Teachers’ understanding of effective learning appears to play an important role in using technology to create learner-centred classrooms.

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e-learning, distance learning, distance education, online learning, higher education, DE, blended learning, ICT, information and communication technology, collaborative learning, internet, learning management system, MOOC, interaction, LMS,

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