3 results for Allan, M.K.

  • Access Grid Environments as Spaces of Mixed Spatial Interaction

    Allan, M.K.; Thorns, D. (2007)

    Conference Contributions - Published
    University of Canterbury Library

    Using Actor Network Theory, the paper investigates the relationships between people and technology and the way these relationships construct social spaces in Access Grid (AG) environments. This investigation challenges prevalent perceptions about the dominance of technology in driving innovative research practices, and proposes a cyclic relationship between people, the technology and other artefacts used in the course of AG sessions. The paper highlights the various elements comprising AG communications, and finds that these generate a unique setting of mixed spatial environments in which the physical and the virtual coincide as if residing in the same space to create an almost seamless flow of interactions and exchanges. However, the paper -shows that the seamlessness is occasionally disrupted by a ‘virtual divide’ generated sometimes by technology, the people, or the interactions between people and artefacts such as cameras, microphones, or furniture. The paper outlines a process which identifies assemblages of factors conducive to the creation of mediated collaborative research environments and the construction of globally accessible spaces of collaborative knowledge creation.

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  • Millennial teachers: Student teachers as users of Information and Communication - A New Zealand case study

    Allan, M.K. (2007)

    Journal Articles
    University of Canterbury Library

    Based on Brown and Duguid (1991) notion of interrelatedness of learning and work practices in which learners acquire "embodied ability to behave" in a certain manner, the paper argues that personal usage of ICT within student teachers own learning will form their models of teaching practices. This paper draws on a survey conducted in 2005 at a teachers' education college in New Zealand. The aim of the survey was to examine the ways in which students are using Web- based learning technology in their initial training period. Findings of the survey reveal insights into the perceptions of students for the use of ICT in their own studies. The findings provide a snapshot into the current situation of teachers' education in relation to the use of Internet technology and online learning systems. The findings have implication for teachers' education in the new millennium.

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  • A Methodological Quest for Studying Interactions in Advanced Video Conferencing Environments

    Allan, M.K.; Thorns, D. (2008)

    Conference Contributions - Published
    University of Canterbury Library

    The paper describes the development of a new methodological approach to the study of the features enabling the simulation of face-to-face (FTF) interactions using Advanced Video Conferencing (AVC) technologies. The methodology is based on the notion of Grounded Theory and utilises the study of users of the technology for discovering the criteria needed for the investigation of AVC as simulating FTF. The methodology enabled the development of an informed scheme of criteria which will be used in customising an annotation system suitable for the study of AVC interactions. The paper illustrates initial experimentations with various existing annotation systems in a search for further exploring the needs outlined by the methodology. The paper describes the implementation of the new methodology in a New Zealand based case study which investigated the reasons underpinning uptake of the technology across nationally dispersed research staff and students.

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