An ecology of constraints on e-learning in higher education: The case of a virtual learning environment

William H. Dutton, Pauline Hope Cheong, Namkee Park

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Abstract

The implications of e-learning in higher education have been limited by an array of technical, institutional, social and economic constraints on innovation. This paper describes a case study of the introduction into a university of a widely diffused e-learning platform: an enterprise-wide virtual learning environment. The study suggests a variety of patterns and themes tied to the social dynamics of this innovation. These highlight variations across instructors in how the technology was employed, which illuminate the complex ecology surrounding its implementation and use. This offers insights into the faltering development of e-learning in higher education, and learning more generally.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-149
Number of pages19
JournalPrometheus (United Kingdom)
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jun

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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