Recent Submissions

  • Educational technology: what it is and how it works 

    Dron, Jon (Springer, 2021-04-03)
    This is the submitted version of the paper, published with corrections in AI&Society. This theoretical paper elucidates the nature of educational technology and, in the process, sheds light on a number of phenomena in ...
  • Distributed Teaching 

    Dron, Jon (Springer, 2019-11)
    The central phenomenon that this entry seeks to explore is that people with the job title of “teacher” are almost never the only teachers in a learning transaction, and autodidacts are almost never solely responsible for ...
  • P-learning’s unwelcome legacy 

    Dron, Jon (2016)
    Formal teaching of adults has evolved in a context de ned, initially, by the constraints of physical boundaries. Classroom walls directly entail timetables, norms and rules of behaviour, social segregation into organized ...
  • Lost in social space: Information retrieval issues in Web 1.5 

    Dron, Jon; Anderson, Terry (Journal of Digital Information, 2009-01)
    This paper is concerned with the application of Web 2.0 technologies within a conventional institutional learning setting. After considering the affordances of Web 2.0 technologies vs Web 1.0 technologies and a framework ...
  • Agoraphobia and the modern learner. 

    Dron, Jon; Anderson, Terry (Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2014-03)
    Read/write social technologies enable rich pedagogies that centre on sharing and constructing content but have two notable weaknesses. Firstly, beyond the safe, nurturing environment of closed groups, students participating ...
  • On the Design of Social Media for Learning 

    Dron, Jon; Anderson, Terry (social sciences, 2014-08-08)
    This paper presents two conceptual models that we have developed for understanding ways that social media can support learning. One model relates to the “social” aspect of social media, describing the different ways that ...
  • The Distant Crowd: Transactional Distance And New Social Media Literacies. 

    Dron, Jon; Anderson, Terry (International Journal of Learning and Media, 2014)
    Sociality is not just a cultural phenomenon but is embedded in our genes as eusocial creatures (E. O.Wilson 2012). Learning is an innately social activity, and the processes of teaching, the passing of knowledge from one ...
  • Social Interaction in Self-paced Distance Education. 

    Anderson, Terry; Upton, Lorne; Dron, Jon; Malone, Judi (Open Praxis, 2015)
    In this paper we present a case study of a self-paced university course that was originally designed to support independent, self-paced study at distance. We developed a social media intervention, in design-based research ...
  • Self-paced and social 

    Dron, Jon (AACE, 2012-11-14)
    Traditionally, much institutional self-paced distance learning has been a largely individual activity, offering limited opportunities for teacher-student interaction and almost none for student-student interaction. This ...
  • "Open and Closed" Getting the mix right. Who gets to Decide?? 

    Dron, Jon; Anderson, Terry; Siemens, George (2012-10-26)
    Despite the desirability of "Making Open the Default" as the theme of this year’s open access week, there are many reasons that can and should influence a person and an organization to restrict access to content. In this ...
  • Learning technology through three generations of technology enhanced distance education pedagogy 

    Anderson, Terry; Dron, Jon (European Open and Distance Learning Journal, 2012)
    This paper updates earlier work in which we defined three generations of distance education pedagogy. We then describe emerging technologies that are most conducive to instructional designs that evolve with each generation. ...
  • Virtual platforms at Athabasca University 

    McGreal, Rory; Dron, Jon; Ellerman, Evelyn (2012-08-12)
    The Athabasca University environment includes a virtual media lab (the e-Lab) which is an integrated website platform for curriculum enhancement and development, social networking, and pedagogical and disciplinary research. ...
  • Fun and Fear in Open Spaces 

    Anderson, Terry; Dron, Jon (2011-10-27)
    This presentation presents the theory and practice of Open Learning as implemented in Athabasca University’s Beyond the LMS social networking system. The presentation discusses the motivation , design and challenges ...
  • Three generations of distance education pedagogy 

    Anderson, Terry; Dron, Jon (2011-06-16)
    This paper defines and examines three generations of distance education pedagogy. Unlike earlier classifications of distance education based on the technology used, this analysis focuses on the pedagogy that defines ...
  • On the Design of Collective Applications 

    Dron, Jon; Anderson, Terry (2009-09-09)
    In this paper we define collective applications as those that employ the aggregated distinct behaviours of individuals in a crowd to shape their environment and to provide structure and influence in that environment. Such ...
  • Designing the Undesignable: Social Software and Control 

    Dron, Jon (2008-02-28)
    In this presentation, Dr. Jon Dron will discuss his recently published article, “Designing the undesignable: Social Software and Control”. In this article, Dr Dron states that social software, such as blogs, wikis, tagging ...

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