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The pedagogical dimension

To realize the potential of TEL it is essential that we rethink our pedagogy. Education is about ideas not facts. Moreover, students in higher education are not receiving the educational experiences they need to develop the critical and self-directed high education skills required for lifelong learning. The current passive-information- transfer approaches to higher education are contrasted with the interactive and constructive potential of TEL. (Garrison and Anderson, 2003)

Social constructivism has brought to light the importance of interaction – among learners and between tutors and learners – in attaining specific learning goals. More generally, it has revealed the impact that these interactions can have on cognitive ...

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