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Emerging Technologies in Learning: Impact on Cognition and Culture

, University of Victoria, Canada ; , California State University, United States ; , University of North Carolina, United States

Published . Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).


This book encompasses the technological influence on learning and cognition from a cultural prospective. It weaves together different kinds of learning technologies with the thread of cultural diversity to meet local and global educational needs and includes the latest developments in education, particularly emerging technologies. The book offers successful examples of student modeling for multimedia learning environment design, instructional delivery systems, and applications of technology where computer and mobile technologies play an indispensable role. Innovative ideas, as well as issues related to learning, teaching and assessment, work place learning, assistive technology, the roles of current and future technologies in learning are discussed by authors from various countries and educational settings.


Bhattacharya, M., Mach, N. & Moallem, M. (2011). Emerging Technologies in Learning: Impact on Cognition and Culture. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 19, 2021 from .


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  1. Foreword 1 7
  2. Foreword 2 9
  3. Preface 11
  4. Acknowledgements 13
  5. About the editors 15
  6. About the contributing authors 17

Section I

    Technological augmentation and the changing educational scenario

    1. Introduction 23
    2. Learning in a playful way: A theme based approach towards development of a technology facilitated integrative model for 21st century education 25
      Madhumita Bhattacharya and Rajni Dwivedi
    3. Building bridges across the Atlantic: The impact of technology facilitated classroom partnerships on cultural competency and language skills 35
      Margaret M. Thombs, Lena Ivarsson and Maureen M. Gillis
    4. Meeting the needs of all learners:The intertwining of culturally responsive pedagogy and emerging technologies Colleen R. Swain 45
    5. 4. Understanding global learners and bridging cultural differences in distance and online Education 57
      Yang Yang
    6. The current and future use of emerging technologies in higher education in Iran: A case study 73
      Morteza Karami and Mahnaz Moallem
    7. Creating a decentralized statewide online course network: A case study of the Texas virtual school network 99
      D. L. Bearden

    Section II

      Social learning and emerging technologies

      1. Introduction 111
      2. 7. Understanding how learning takes place in social practices 113
        Natalie Senjov-Makohon
      3. 8. Learning 2.0, gaming and the digital divide 123
        Nada L. Mach
      4. How web 2.0 empowered relationships enhance learning 2.0 133
        Reet Cronk
      5. Interaction in a planetary community: A case study of EFL integrated Web 2.0 technologies at a Japanese university 141
        Yayoi Anzai

      Section III

        Practical implications of new technologies for specific populations or purposes

        1. Introduction 151
        2. Assistive technology for students with learning disabilities: An overview of an educational implementation 153
          Caron Mellblom-Nishioka, Gwen Brockman and Clayton Brockman
        3. Blindness, computing, cognition and culture: Four case studies of blind programmers 159
          Simon J. Hayhoe
        4. 13. Using narrative inquiry for online educational assessment 171
          Lesley S. J. Farmer
        5. Developing a personal learning network for the workplace 183
          Elizabeth Langran
        6. Online counseling: The emergence of information technology in support of learning and cognition 195
          O.F. Adebowale and S.A. Ehindero

        Section IV

          Technology enhanced learning and research: New or not so new directions?

          1. Introduction 205
          2. 16. Scenes of struggle: Emerging technologies as tools for multicultural engagement 209
            Candace Thompson, Mahnaz Moallem and Hengameh Kermani
          3. 17. A sociocultural evaluation of an online learning community: Personal, interpersonal and community planes of development and transformations 225
            Elaine Khoo and Bronwen Cowie
          4. 18. Blending culture into learning: A toolkit developed for academics through learner feedback on culture and trust 241
            Siew Mee Barton, Daniel Novotný and Jason Sargent
          5. Guidelines for effective b-learning in teacher education: Experience gathered from the three cycles of higher education 259
            Lúcia Pombo, Maria João Loureiro and António Moreira
          6. e and b-learning in a developing country: A transdisciplinary perspective 269
            Laura Herrera Corona, Norma Elena Mendoza Zaragoza and Alys del Refugio Ávalos Rivera
          7. A personalized learning approach: Reducing adolescent obesity 299
            O. Jerome Hoskins
          8. Copyleft and copyright and the culture of sharing: New models for accessing media 317
            David M. Marcovitz