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dc.contributor.advisorO'Rourke, Breffini
dc.contributor.authorMcAvinia, Claire
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-01T12:32:33Z
dc.date.available2016-12-01T12:32:33Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.citationClaire McAvinia, 'Investigating the adoption of a university virtual learning environment : an Activity Theoretic analysis', [thesis], Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Centre for Language and Communication Studies, 2011, pp 361
dc.identifier.otherTHESIS 9641
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2262/78075
dc.description.abstractRecent literature in e-leaming research and computer-assisted language learning (CALL) asserts that technologies are under-used in higher education. There has been specific criticism in e-learning research of the virtual learning environment (VLE) as perpetuating a transmission-based approach to teaching, instead of supporting constructivist methods. Meanwhile, much has been made of the power of Web 2.0 technologies to bring about the transformations in teaching and learning which the VLE has failed to deliver. This thesis examines whether there is evidence to support claims about the shortcomings of the VLE. It is argued that research has not adequately examined the place of the VLE within taught courses in campus-based institutions. An institution-wide examination of the adoption of the VLE, as well as its use in the context of specific disciplines, was needed in order to address identified gaps in the research literature concerning the VLE. The development of a framework with which to undertake such an analysis would be valuable to researchers, and the outcomes of the work would contribute to the discussion of whether the VLE was fit for purpose. These outcomes in turn could address whether there are indeed patterns of “cyclical failure" (Mayes, 1995, p. 1) in the adoption of new technologies.
dc.format1 volume
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherTrinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Centre for Language and Communication Studies
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://stella.catalogue.tcd.ie/iii/encore/record/C__Rb15124945
dc.subjectLanguage and Communication Studies, Ph.D.
dc.subjectPh.D. Trinity College Dublin
dc.titleInvestigating the adoption of a university virtual learning environment : an Activity Theoretic analysis
dc.typethesis
dc.type.supercollectionthesis_dissertations
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dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoral
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
dc.rights.ecaccessrightsopenAccess
dc.format.extentpaginationpp 361
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