From e-learning space to e-learning place

Ari Wahlstedt, Samuli Pekkola (Corresponding Author), Marketta Niemelä

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    In this paper, it is argued that e‐learning environments are currently more like ‘buildings’, ie, learning spaces, rather than ‘schools’, ie, places for learning. The concepts originated from architecture and urban design, where they are used both to distinguish static spaces from inhabited places, and more importantly, as design objectives. The transformation from space to place is supported and enabled by social interactions between the (learning) community members. We argue that this distinction between the concepts explains some of the problems with current e‐learning systems and propose issues to consider when designing new systems. By acknowledging the importance and characteristics of a place, designers and researchers can justify the need and support for social interactions in learning space, consequently enabling social community building in e‐learning environments, and most importantly, supporting the development of a user‐friendly and motivating e‐learning place.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1020-1030
    Number of pages11
    JournalBritish Journal of Educational Technology
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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