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Webs of Activity in Online Course Design and Teaching


Association for Learning Technology Journal Volume 12, Number 1, ISSN 0968-7769


In this study, we followed three faculty members' experiences with designing and teaching online courses for the first time. In order to complete the activity, the faculty members had to work collaboratively with others across the university. Activity theory provided a framework within which to study faculty members' collaborative activities with members of different activity systems that had different goals, tools, divisions of labor and accountabilities. In concordance with activity theory, such differences led to contradictions, disturbances, and transformations in thinking and work activities. The results of the study have implications for individuals and systems undertaking technology integration in teaching.


Peruski, L. & Mishra, P. (2004). Webs of Activity in Online Course Design and Teaching. Association for Learning Technology Journal, 12(1), 37-49. Retrieved December 16, 2018 from .

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