EjSBS - The European Journal of Social & Behavioural Sciences

The European Journal of Social & Behavioural Sciences

Online ISSN: 2301-2218
European Publisher

Networked Learning in Storyworlds: An Alternative Approach to Online Learning


Despite the advances in technology, passive information transfer remains at the core of online course design which results in lower student engagement and instructional effectiveness. This study focuses on the design, implementation and delivery of an online learning experience that combines the creation of a storyworld based on a ubiquitous computing framework, supported by the epistemic, set and social aspects of networked learning. Our aim is to analyse experience dynamics and learning strategies that emerge in a narrative-based scenario. The Community of Inquiry framework, which has been extensively validated, is being used to classify different interactions. This study is in progress but initial coding shows that response to the critical incident is significantly higher when compared to traditional forums. We have identified strong group cohesion and emotional expression. Further improvements in instructional strategies are suggested.

Keywords: Online learningnetworked learningstoryworldscommunity of inquirysocial presence

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Published online: 01.01.2019
Pages: 2822-2831
Publisher: Future Academy
In: Volume 24, Issue 1
DOI: 10.15405/ejsbs.247
Online ISSN: 2301-2218
Article Type: Original Research
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