Constructing learning spaces? Videoconferencing at local learning centres in Sweden
2010 (English)In: Studies in Continuing Education, ISSN 0158-037X, E-ISSN 1470-126X, Vol. 32, no 3, 183-199 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article explores videoconferencing in the context of local learning centres in Sweden. The practice is described as a learning space in which adult learners construct socio-spatial relations. The study goes beyond a sociological apprehension of actors and opposes the idea of the material as neutral, passive and conformed by practice. On the contrary, the classroom layouts and the technical artefacts have a profound impact on interaction, communication and learning. The results of the study concern how human actors have to take on different strategies to escape the influence of material actors. It will be argued that the learning space of videoconferencing is a network of interrelations in which control is handed over from humans to material actors. In terms of learning, we may have to rethink the roles of environments and technical artifacts and reconsider such predetermined and static roles of material objects.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor and Francis , 2010. Vol. 32, no 3, 183-199 p.
videoconferencing, adult education, local learning centres, learning spaces, actor-network theory
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-64234DOI: 10.1080/0158037X.2010.517993ISI: 000285186700001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-64234DiVA: diva2:388425