What are the affordances of information and communication technologies?

Conole, Grainne and Dyke, Martin (2004) What are the affordances of information and communication technologies? ALT-J, Research in Learning Technology, 12, (2), 113-124. (doi:10.1080/0968776042000216183).


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The paper examines the notion that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have affordances that epitomize the features of our late modern age (Giddens, 1991) and explores whether these affordances (Salomon, 1993, p. 51) can be used to facilitate particular approaches to educational practice. It argues that a clear articulation of these affordances would enable us to understand how these technologies can be most effectively used to support learning and teaching. We believe that any one affordance can be considered to have both positive and negative connotations and the paper draws on social and educational theory to provide an initial taxonomy of these affordances.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/0968776042000216183
ISSNs: 0968-7769 (print)
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Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Lifelong and Work-Related Learning
ePrint ID: 24141
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
January 2004Published
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:45
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/24141

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