Teaching practices in Second Life: Sociomaterial matters
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In this paper, technology use in a higher education setting online are analysed with a sociomaterial approach. The overarching aim with the study reported is to analyse the relation between teaching practice and technology in online pedagogy and the paper seeks to answer the question on how the online setting studied becomes intelligible as a teaching practice. A single subject university course in spoken language carried out online in the virtual world of Second Life® constitutes the setting. An online ethnographic approach with a major focus on participant observation of the teaching in the course has been used. Theoretical concepts on practice based on Schatzki are used in the analysis. The result shows that teaching practices in online settings are made intelligible through intentional, causal, spatial and prefigurative relations between teaching practices and material arrangements. The intelligibility of a setting is not created in advance, but is emergent and multifaceted.
Practice theory; sociomaterial; virtual world; higher education; educational technology; internet research
Pedagogy Educational Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-117195OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-117195DiVA: diva2:806800