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Title: Videoconferencing and learning in the classroom : the effects of being an Orphan Technology?
Authors: Lawson, Tony
Comber, Chris
First Published: 11-Mar-2014
Publisher: Common Ground Publishing
Citation: The International Journal of Technologies in Learning, 2014, 20 (1), pp. 69-79
Abstract: Drawing on a decade of evaluation research into videoconferencing in English schools, this paper explores the relative lack of pedagogical innovation in the educational application of videoconferencing. Initial surveys on the frequency and patterns of use of videoconferencing provided baseline data for selected case studies involving in-depth interviews with key personnel involved in the deployment of videoconferencing and observations of lessons in which videoconferencing was being used. Data analysis reveals that the main models of videoconferencing use were either ‘substitution’ (videoconferencing replacing face-to-face curriculum delivery) or ‘enhancement’ (whereby videoconferencing augments traditional pedagogical practices). Examples of ‘adaptive’ use (exploring the innovative potential of videoconferencing) were relatively rare. This apparent conservatism, at odds with the emergence of shifting pedagogies with other ICT tools, was allied to videoconferencing being positioned as an ‘orphan’ technology, whereby interested teachers were offered quasi-autonomy – that is, power to innovate was limited by highly localised policy and curricular systems. The authors conclude that for videoconferencing to enter the mainstream of school ICT provision, wider learning benefits need to be demonstrated to a broader audience, so that videoconferencing can reach its transformative potential. Ways to achieve this are presented.
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2014, Common Ground Publishing. Archived with permission of the publisher.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Education

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