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Creating time: students, technologies and temporal practices in higher education

Gourlay, L; (2014) Creating time: students, technologies and temporal practices in higher education. E-Learning and Digital Media , 11 (2) pp. 141-153. 10.2304/elea.2014.11.2.141. Green open access

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Abstract

The nature of time has been considered in some depth within philosophy and social theory, while theoreticians have also explored interrelationships between temporality, artefacts and social process. However, the notion of time in mainstream educational theory and research has arguably been regarded as fixed, naturalised, undifferentiated 'context', and has tended to escape examination or problematisation in the learning technology literature. However, as the contemporary university becomes increasingly permeated by digital mediation both online and ?face-to-face?, relationships between digital media, time and socially-situated practices of meaning-making are foregrounded. This paper will report on a UK-based research project which investigated postgraduate students? day-to-day engagements with technologies, drawing on a combination of qualitative focus group, interview and multimodal journalling. The data suggest that for these students the dimension of time is in complex, dynamic and contingent interplay with a range of networked devices, and shifting material domains and practices which are mobilised for textual engagement and production. It will argue that student entanglements with devices and digitally-mediated texts serve to pause, distribute, elongate and render simultaneous the temporal nature of their practices in emergent ?temporal practices? in complex relationships of co-agency with devices and technologies. It will conclude that a typological analysis is inadequate to understanding of these complex, emergent engagements.

Type: Article
Title: Creating time: students, technologies and temporal practices in higher education
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.2304/elea.2014.11.2.141
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/elea.2014.11.2.141
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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/1475540
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