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The educational possibilities of dis-comfort

Instone, Lesley (2004). The educational possibilities of dis-comfort. In: Atkinson, R., McBeath, C., Jonas-Dwyer, D. and Phillips, R. ASCILITE 2004: 21st Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, Perth, 5-8 December 2004.

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Author Instone, Lesley
Title The educational possibilities of dis-comfort
Conference Name ASCILITE 2004: 21st Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Conference Location Perth
Conference Dates 5-8 December 2004
Conference Publication Title Beyond the Comfort Zone: Proceedings of the 21st ASCILITE Conference
Editor Atkinson, R.
McBeath, C.
Jonas-Dwyer, D.
Phillips, R.
Place of Publication Perth, W.A.
Publisher ASCILITE
Publication Year 2004
Volume Number 1
ISBN 0975170236   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 437
End Page 443
Total Pages 7
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract This paper draws on contemporary theory on technological change to problematise the notion of a ‘comfort zone’ for educational technology. By placing technology in a wider context I question discourses that assume that educational change is driven by progressive technological advance, and which posit a distinct divide between online and face to face education. I also challenge ways of thinking about technology that render invisible the social and cultural dimensions of educational technology practice. Drawing on this contextual analysis, the paper then explores the practical possibilities of moving outside the comfort zone by proposing an alternative engagement with technology for educational technologists, that of creative discomfort.
Keyword Educational technolgy
Change theory
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