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The Student Perspective: Can the Use of Technologies Transform Learning?, Roisin Donnelly, Jen Harvey, Kevin O'Rourke, Critical Design and Effective Tools for E-Learning in Higher Education: Theory into Practice, Hershey, New York, Information Science Reference (an imprint of IGI Global), 2010, 262 - 279, Eileen O'Donnell
This chapter explores students’ perspectives on the transformations that the use of technology has
brought to higher education. The use of technologies in higher education facilitates flexible learning
environments but the benefits to students who engage with these technologies will only be realised if the
design is pedagogically sound. The pedagogic approach employed by lecturers when designing their
e-learning platforms or learning management systems has the capability to transform learning. The
author’s discipline is Information Technology and Business Information Systems; from experience and
case studies there is ample evidence to suggest that the use of technology does not always necessarily
meet user requirements. Students are the end users of the technologies that educators use to enhance
students’ learning experiences. This chapter was undertaken to obtain students’ perspectives (as the end
users) on the uses of technologies in higher education to assist educators in improving the pedagogical
design of their e-learning platforms. The responses received from students clearly indicate they are of
the opinion that the use of technologies in higher education beneficially transforms learning but will
never replace lecturers. In essence, the benefits that can be achieved through the use of technologies
are totally dependent on the ways they are employed pedagogically by lecturers.
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