Curran, Sheila and Golding, Tyrrell
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The last decade has witnessed significant growth in the use of digital technologies. These changes have impacted on learning and teaching in Higher Education and also impacted on youth workers’ professional practice and the lives of the young people they are working with.
What are the implications of this growth in digital technologies, which includes the development of virtual learning environments, for the professional education of youth workers studying in Higher Education? To what extent do digital technologies present new opportunities for pedagogical innovation and provide opportunities for students to become part of a wider, networked community of peers? How can the potential benefits of online learning environments be harnessed to promote conversation, develop professional communities of practice and support students’ in developing their professional identities as youth workers? And what are the implications of the growing use of learning technologies for the practices of academics teaching on youth and community courses? How can they enhance their skills in teaching and providing support for students in online environments, building on their skills and experience in promoting conversation in their face-to-face engagement with students?
In this paper the authors will draw on a range of research on students’ engagement with technologies and on the way they make use of it to support their learning, as well as their experiences of teaching on the Open University’s BA (Hons) in Youth Work. Issues to be explored will include what ‘participation’ might mean and look like in an online learning environment; the extent to which digital literacy might be a widening participation issue; and the development of online identities.
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|Copyright Holders:||2012 The Authors|
|Keywords:||youth work; e-learning; community of practice|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Education and Language Studies|
|Interdisciplinary Research Centre:||Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
|Depositing User:||Tyrrell Golding|
|Date Deposited:||19 Sep 2012 14:57|
|Last Modified:||24 Feb 2016 05:58|
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