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There is no 'virtual learning': The materiality of digital education

Gourlay, L; (2021) There is no 'virtual learning': The materiality of digital education. Journal of New Approaches in Educational Research , 10 (1) pp. 57-66. 10.7821/naer.2021.1.649. Green open access

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Abstract

The distinction between face-to-face and distant digitally-mediated educational engagement is a complex one, and the two modes are often combined in practice, via ‘blended learning’ or the use of a VLE to support campus-based teaching. The current Covid-19 pandemic has thrown this distinction into relief, in a context where educationalists have been forced to move to fully distant engagement in a very short timeframe. This paper explores how this predicament has brought to the fore the nature of our engagement with digital knowledge practices and screen-based communication, arguing that the notion of ‘virtual learning’ is a flawed one. Instead, adopting a sociomaterial perspective, it argues that all aspects of digital engagement are in fact grounded in material and embodied entanglements with devices and other artefacts.

Type: Article
Title: There is no 'virtual learning': The materiality of digital education
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.7821/naer.2021.1.649
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.7821/naer.2021.1.649
Language: English
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Keywords: COVID-19, SOCIOMATERIAL, DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT, EMBODIMENT, ONLINE LEARNING
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10119298
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