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Matching Intention with Agency: Lessons from Practice

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Journal of Learning Design Volume 3, Number 2, ISSN 1832-8342


The research project described in this paper was designed to explore the potential of a wiki to facilitate collaboration and to reduce the isolation of postgraduate students enrolled in a professional doctoral program at a Queensland university. It was also intended to foster a community of practice for reviewing and commenting on one another's work despite the small number of students and their disparate topics. The students were interviewed and surveyed at the beginning and during the face-to-face sessions of the course and their wikis were examined over the year to monitor, analyse and evaluate the extent to which the agency of the technology (wiki) mediated their development of scholarly skills. The study showed that students paradoxically eschewed use of the structured wiki and formed their own informal networks. This paper will contend that this paradox arose from a mismatch between the agency of technology and its intended purpose.


Beames, S., Klenowski, V. & Lloyd, M. (2010). Matching Intention with Agency: Lessons from Practice. Journal of Learning Design, 3(2), 50-60. Retrieved December 10, 2019 from .

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