University teachers’ interactions with their online students at an Australian university

Mamun, Shamsul Arifeen Khan and Danaher, P. A. and Rahman, Mohammad Mafizur (2015) University teachers’ interactions with their online students at an Australian university. In: Handbook of research on advancing critical thinking in higher education. Advances in Higher Education and Professional Development (AHEPD) Book Series. IGI Publishing (IGI Global), Hershey, PA. United States, pp. 142-169. ISBN 978-1-4666-8411-9

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This chapter focuses on teacher-student interactions in the context of the use of digital technologies for online teaching and learning in an Australian university using thematic analysis and focus group discussion data. Cotemporary scholars agree that the factors influencing teacher–student interactions in online environments are diverse and multiple and are framed by a complex set of historically grounded and socially mediated forces. One potentially fruitful way to interrogate these factors and forces is to draw on aspects of affordance theory, by examining the kinds of relationships that are (and are not) afforded by particular digital technologies in those online environments. More broadly, affordance theory emerges as a useful conceptual lens for understanding the influences on and the impacts of teacher– student interactions using digital technologies in online environments. Those influences and impacts in turn are crucial to (re-)visioning digital futures in the context of students’ learning outcomes in tertiary education, and to advancing critical thinking in higher education.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2015 05:56
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2018 03:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: affordance theory, online teaching and learning, focus group discussion, Australia
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8411-9.ch007

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