Engaging learners in online learning environments
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Education
Internet technologies allow learners to access up-to-date information anywhere and anytime, allow just-in-time learning, promote active and independent learning with reflection and support communication between experts and novices. Attracted by these opportunities for learning, many organizations and educational institutions have focused on the technological challenges of buying the right courseware, getting enough bandwidth allocated to online learning and obtaining the latest state-of-the-art online learning platforms and tools. However, hardware, software and infrastructure only provide the necessary conditions for online. State-of-the-art Internet technologies do not ensure that learners are willing or know how to engage in the context of their learning and make sense of the information provided to construct their own knowledge.