Embodied subjects and intentionality in virtual learning environments

Hyvonen, Pirkko; Lahti, Jaana; Marjomaa, Esko and Littleton, Karen (2003). Embodied subjects and intentionality in virtual learning environments. In: EdMedia- World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunciations, Jun 2003, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

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Abstract

The aim of the paper is to introduce the role of 'intentionality' of students' embodied subjectivity in virtual learning environments. Our intentional stance is a means to interpret the behavior of students. Our empirical material consists of narratives and discussions produced by students in a virtual university course and it gives an authentic view of reality in this respect. These narratives were continuously in process of construction within social interaction. We don't interpret the emotions and feelings posed in students' texts as psychical facts, as if they were hidden at the bottom of consciousness; rather they are visible types of behaviour. Intentions have three tasks: to orient students to work together in virtual learning environment, to involve into group processing, and to get students to know each other. These facts form the central factors in virtual learning environments.

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