The STIN in the Tale: A Socio-technical Interaction Perspective on Networked Learning

Walker, Steve and Creanor, Linda (2009). The STIN in the Tale: A Socio-technical Interaction Perspective on Networked Learning. Educational Technology and Society, 12(4) pp. 305–316.

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Abstract

In this paper, we go beyond what have been described as 'mechanistic' accounts of e-learning to explore the complexity of relationships between people and technology as encountered in cases of networked learning. We introduce from the social informatics literature the concept of sociotechnical interaction networks which focus on the interplay between participants, technology, learning artefacts and practices. We apply this concept to case material drawn from transnational trade union education to identify and to analyse three aspects of networked learning: the local sociotechnical networks of learners; the construction of an overarching, global sociotechnical network for learning; and the evolution of such networks over time. Finally we identify issues for further research highlighted by these models.

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