Using virtual learning environments to facilitate new learning relationships

Ramsey, Caroline (2003). Using virtual learning environments to facilitate new learning relationships. International Journal of Management Education, 3(2) pp. 31–41.



This paper presents a study of the use of Virtual Learning environments in the conduct of three undergraduate modules in organisational behaviour and organisational change. The study is embedded within a discussion of social constructionist, or relational, premises on person, knowing and learning. These premises promote the importance of learning relations in a conception of learning as a process of becoming a member of a knowledge community. In particular, co-learning relations are privileged over subject-object relations, evident in conventionally taught courses. The study illustrates the development of such co-learning relations and presents evidence of their impact on the learning of students and tutors involved. Rather than treat the study as complete, it is treated as an open-ended, cyclical process. Consequently, potential future developments that are supported and justified by the reported evidence are presented in place of conclusions.

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