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Michael Allen's 2009 e-Learning Annual by Michael W. Allen

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7.4. CHALLENGES

The examples in the previous section (and many others, such as Alexander, 2006; O'Hear, 2006; and Plaisted & Irvine, 2006) illustrate some of the ways in which the social and technical developments of the knowledge society can be applied to different learning settings, both in formal courses and programs, and for informal professional development. Network technology, particularly groupware tools and tools for self-expression, provide key affordances. However, there are many potential barriers to realizing this kind of workbench use in educational practice.

If digital workbenches are made available in a learning context, they are usually not substantial enough by themselves to support the intended learning results. A good teacher, ...

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