This theoretical review sits within the field of education, particularly technology- enhanced learning. But the notion of ‘technology-enhanced learning’ implies that learning exists, and is somehow ‘enhanced’ by technology. The line taken in the present article suggests otherwise: that learning and technology are reciprocal and coevolutionary.
In a previous work, in the Handbook of E-Learning Research (2007), Caroline Haythornthwaite and I identified the gap in theoretical perspectives on elearning: “what has been lacking in the literature is a work that emphasizes key theoretical frameworks that underpin the field, addresses the complex interplay of technical, social, and organizational aspects of e-learning endeavors, and the relationship between research, theory, practice and policy.” Such gaps in the field have provided the starting point for the present article, with its particular emphasis on whether e-learning requires a new theory of learning; or whether it requires merely an extension and ‘application’ of contemporary learning theories.
Via Paulo Simões