CIRCA:Jaffee David. “Virtual Transformation: Web-Based Technology and Pedagogical Change”


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Jaffee David. “Virtual Transformation: Web-Based Technology and Pedagogical Change” Teaching Sociology, Vol. 31, No. 2 (Apr., 2003), pp. 227-236.

This paper discussed how web-based technology applied to pedagogy in the form of virtual classroom is advantageous in promoting “learner-centered”, “active learning” pedagogical practice and help de-institutionalize traditional pedagogical roles and practices. The author therefore started with the discussion of pedagogical ecology, the teaching and learning environment, pointing out how web-based, non-class space could offer a “rich and authentic environment for active application and supportive instructional interaction.” (229) He then moved on to pedagogical isomorphism, a set of institutionalized social practices, and stressed how web-based methodology could “virtually transform both the pedagogical place and practice. Under this virtual setting, four pedagogical principles could be carried out and fulfilled: interactivity, active learning, mediation, and collaboration. (232) Interactivity among them is the master concept which could be applied to our focus on digitization and archiving with similar goal of sharing, creating active responses unrestrained by neither time nor space. This change of structure from class to virtual as noted by the author that shapes social perception and behavior in a positive light is therefore applicable to the practice of digitization and archiving of literary or non-literary texts, all of which are contributory to teaching and learning as a whole.

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