Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

The More We Change, the More We Remain the Same: A Synchronous/Asynchronous discourse on Teaching, Learning and Technology Models

Dr. Jace Hargis, Gordon Rakita.

Throughout time, humans have utilized different technological tools to enhance both basic communication and learning. However, we are simply recycling these teaching tools to more effectively communicate to an audience that resembles a moving target—ever-changing, always evolving and expanding beyond all borders. For instance, humans have gone from cave drawings to web sites; from petroglyphics to blogging; from conversations to instant messaging; and from story telling to e-books. As such, technology has played a key role in shaping how humans communicate and understand one another.

The authors investigate how communication, new technology and learning theories work together to further human understanding across cultures and academic disciplines. Specifically, virtual worlds will be explored through an interactive synchronous discussion, combined with an artificial asynchronous environment with enhanced graphics. In doing so, the authors explore several teaching, learning and communication models, including Vygotsky’s dialectivism, Gerbener’s cultivation theory, and information processing. Finally, a discussion of future educational challenges with respect to teaching, communication and technology is provided.


Dr. Jace Hargis  (United States)
Office of Faculty Enhancement
University of North Florida

Dr. Hargis is the Director of Faculty Enhancement at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL. He was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy Degree at University of Florida in science education specializing in online teaching and learning. His teaching-research agenda includes university faculty support, technology integration, science education and project-based learning. Dr. Hargis is also an assistant professor in the College of Education, teaching science and technology courses.

Gordon Rakita  (United States)

University of North Florida

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Appropriate technology
  • Communication
  • Learning Theories

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)