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Journal Issue
Volume 15 Issue 1 / Apr 2017  pp1‑103

Editor: Robert Ramberg

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Editorial for EJEL Volume 15 Issue 1  pp1‑2

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Motivational Gaps and Perceptual Bias of Initial Motivation Additional Indicators of Quality for e‑Learning Courses  pp3‑16

Rosário Cação

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Redefining Practice: Challenging Academic and Institutional Traditions With Clinical Distance Learning  pp17‑32

Laura E Delgaty

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An e‑Learning Team’s Life On and Offline: A Collaborative Self‑Ethnography in Postgraduate Education Development  pp33‑45

Alison Clapp

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Mobile Eye Tracking Methodology in Informal E‑Learning in Social Groups in Technology‑Enhanced Science Centres  pp46‑58

Rikke Magnussen, Maria Zachariassen, Nikita Kharlamov, Birger Larsen

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Moving Outside the Box: Researching e‑Learning in Disruptive Times  pp59‑69

Paula Charbonneau-Gowdy

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Abstract

The rise of technology’s influence in a cross‑section of fields within formal education, not to mention in the broader social world, has given rise to new forms in the way we view learning, i.e. what constitutes valid knowledge and how we arrive at that knowledge. Some scholars have claimed that technology is but a tool to support the meaning‑making that lies at the root of knowledge production while others argue that technology is increasingly and inextricably intertwined not just with knowledge construction but with changes to knowledge makers themselves. Regardless which side one stands in this growing debate, it is difficult to deny that the processes we use to research learning supported by technology in order to understand these growing intricacies, have profound implications. In this paper, my aim is to argue and defend a call in the research on ICT for a critical reflective approach to researching technology use. Using examples from qualitative research in e‑learning I have conducted on three continents over 15 years, and in diverse educational contexts, I seek to unravel the means and justification for research approaches that can lead to closing the gap between research and practice. These studies combined with those from a cross‑disciplinary array of fields support the promotion of a research paradigm that examines the socio‑cultural contexts of learning with ICT, at a time that coincides with technology becoming a social networking facilitator. Beyond the examples and justification of the merits and power of qualitative research to uncover the stories that matter in these socially embodied e‑learning contexts, I discuss the methodologically and ethically charged decisions using emerging affordances of technology for analyzing and representing results, including visual ethnography. The implications both for the consumers and producers of research of moving outside the box of established research practices are yet unfathomable but exciting. 

 

Keywords: qualitative research, socio-cultural contexts, ethical issues, critical theory, visual ethnography

 

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Workshops as a Research Methodology  pp70‑81

Rikke Ørngreen, Karin Levinsen

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Identifying Consistent Variables in a Heterogeneous Data Set: Evaluation of a Web‑Based Pre‑Course in Mathematics  pp82‑93

Katja Derr

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The E‑Learning Setting Circle: First Steps Toward Theory Development in E‑Learning Research  pp94‑104

Marco Rüth, Kai Kaspar

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