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The Learning Conference 2003

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Learning and Desire: Exploring Relations within Face-to-Face and Computer Mediated Learning Environments. Are They Really That Different?

Mitchell Parkes, Genevieve Noone.

The desire to connect is a fundamental element of the learning relationship. Using data from studies of two contrasting learning contexts: the first being a face-to-face, one-to-one tutoring of primary students, and the second, computer mediated learning among groups of tertiary students, we explore how building connectedness is a vital part of the learning process. This paper takes the position that despite difference in the learning environments, the desire for connectedness is fundamentally the same. The implication of this is that, irrespective of whether the learning space is physical or virtual, each participant’s desire for connectedness in the learning process must be recognised and nurtured in order to facilitate effective learning.


Mitchell Parkes  (Australia)
Lecturer in Information Technology Education
School of Education Faculty of Education Health and Professional Studies
University of New England

Genevieve Noone  (Australia)

School of Professional Development and Leadership
University of New England

  • Learning
  • Desire
  • Relationships
  • Connectedness
  • The Inbetween
  • Phenomenology
  • Computer Mediated Communication
  • Community Volunteers
  • Pedagogy

(30 min Conference Paper, English)