The E-Learning Design and its Relationship and Rapport to Culture

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The research project explores how to incorporate culture's features in elearning design. As a first step toward a framework for educational and pedagogical considerations, we propose to portray the evolution of the learning environments design through the instructional engineering process based on computer mediated communication, from the generic learning environments to specific learning spaces and learning territories. The distinction between the interactivity of the system -as technology attributes- and interaction -as emergent social phenomena- permits an analysis that highlights the actors role in this evolution and how actors start determining the cultural features of the learning environment resources. This evolution also smoothens the current, but artificial separation between designers and users of conventional learning environments, by making them co-builders of emerging learning territories. The dynamic interaction of diverse inhabitants for cozy, functional territories leads towards truly interactive systems, based on the ownership of their creators. Ownership, on the other hand, calls for using the interactivity tools of the territory for authentic, culturally meaningful needs and, thus, fosters interaction. The preliminary analysis results show why and how culture is becoming an unavoidable element to be considered. The paper presents IMIFET (Interconnected Model for Informal and Formal Elearning Transactions) for designing and contextualizing elearning environments and exposes the main points that make the informal learning process becoming the new driven dynamic in designing for formal elearning environments.

Keywords: ELearning, Design Constraints, Cultural Features, Learning Territories, Learning Space, Interaction, Interactivity, Formal Learning, Informal Learning
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Laila Oubenaissa-Giardina

Associate Researcher, CIRTA, Montreal
Montreal, QC, Canada

Dr. Erkki Sutinen

Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Joensuu
Joensuu, Finland

Dr. Richard Hotte

Professor, Télé-université, University of Quebec In Montreal
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Ref: T08P0306