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Learning with Technology In, About, Through and Despite Context

Presentation by Mike Sharples at the CALRG 2012 conference.

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Rebecca Ferguson
19 June 2012

This presentation examines the experience of learning with technology in relation to context.  To ensure that the technology enhances learning rather than impedes it, we need to understand context from the perspective of the learner.  We propose four perspectives on context: learning in context; learning through context; learning about context; and learning despite context. These should not be seen as mutually exclusive; rather, they indicate a need for integrative and adaptive technology that supports learners in their efforts to understand and respond to changing contexts as they construct meaning within and across time, space and social settings.

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