AODM as a framework and model for characterising learner experiences with technology

Mwanza-Simwami, Daisy (2011). AODM as a framework and model for characterising learner experiences with technology. Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society, 7(3) pp. 75–85.



The task of characterising learner experiences with technology is increasingly becoming complex due to continuous technological advancements that enable learners to connect, collaborate, generate educational resources and promptly share them in various settings. The challenge for the educator is to understand how to effectively capture and represent learners’ current and future experiences with technology. This paper presents ‘Activity-Oriented Design Method’ (AODM) as a framework and model for characterising personalised and contextualised learner experiences with technology. The objective is to show how AODM can be used to understand learner experiences by examining learner practices with technology and interactions with each other. The aim is to assess the significance and adequacy of AODM as a framework and model that contributes to future understanding of learner experiences with technology. In order to support our arguments, we draw practical insights from two studies that applied AODM to e-learning investigations. The outcome of this analysis is an assessment of the capacity of AODM as a model and framework for characterising both current and future learner experiences with technology. Furthermore, the analysis illuminates the processes of change that inform the design and use of future technologies for learning.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 29663
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1971-8829
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  • Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
    Not SetNot SetThe Open University
  • Keywords
  • activity-oriented design method; models; learner experiences
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
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  • © 2011 Mwanza-Simwami
  • Depositing User
  • Daisy Mwanza