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Seminar Series - Much ado about affordances: Implications for researching technological affordances
Date: 14 November 2012 Time: 12.30 - 2.00 p.m.
Venue: B.89 County South
Dr Gale Parchoma
Lecturer in e-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning
Department of Educational Research
Much ado about affordances: Implications for researching technological affordances
Ontological debates on the nature of affordances muddy the waters for interpreting, comparing, and critiquing research on technological affordances. The widespread use of affordances has naturalised the term, often masking the import of its evolving social science definitions. Diversity in applications of affordances across disciplines has led to calls to abandon the term altogether. Following an abridged survey of ontological debates about their general and more specific technological nature, I examine a selection of thematically linked and often-cited papers on technological affordances. I compare those with evolving social science theories of affordances and with various conceptualizations of technical affordances. Implications are discussed of ontological debates around subject-object and directions of agency for research on technological affordances for collaborative learning and co-creation of new knowledge.
Who can attend: Anyone
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