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Posted on 21 Jan 2011 with 0 comments
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As the 2011 academic year starts, educational leaders in schools, training colleges and universities will be planning for student classes and programs. The spaces in which students learn on campus are very often traditional classrooms or lecture theatres built for didactic teaching. In a recently published freely available and succinct OECD paper Technology-enabled active learning environments: an appraisal, Fisher suggests that wireless broadband internet access and mobile communication devices can provide ‘remarkable opportunities for 21st century learning models’ (p. 1). In Technology-enabled active learning environments: an appraisal, Fisher uses the concept of the ‘third space’ which ‘supports social forms of student interaction’ (p. 1). What this recognises is that students can learn on-campus and off-campus online using a matrix of synchronous/asynchronous and virtual/physical technologies. For example, face-to-face teaching can be complemented by video conferences, text messages and cyberlinks as well as web services and virtual studios. Technology enhanced learning environments (TEAL) encompass the use of ICTs and visual educational technologies.

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