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Time, space and structure in an e-learning and e-mentoring project

Loureiro-Koechlin, Cecilia and Allan, Barbara (2010) Time, space and structure in an e-learning and e-mentoring project. British Journal of Educational Technology, 41 (5). pp. 721-735. ISSN 0007-1013

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8535.2009.00975.x

Abstract

This study focuses on a project, EMPATHY Net-Works, which developed a learning community as a means of encouraging women to progress into employment and management positions in the logistics and supply chain industries (LaSCI). Learning activities were organised in the form of a taught module containing face-to-face and online elements and e-mentoring with successful professional women in the LaSCI. In this particular research, we have used structuration theory, a social theory that concentrates on the relationships between human agency (micro-level) and social structures (macro-level). We used structuration as an analytical tool to help us understand what happened within the project e-learning and e-mentoring processes. Our analysis suggests that there were two factors that influenced the way project participants carried out their learning activities: the first one being the issue of absence and presence in online environments, and the second one the issue of time frame changes for online users.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Westminster Business School
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