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Self-representation in online learning environments

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Publication date23/06/2014
Host publicationProceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2014
EditorsJan Herrington, Jarmo Viteli, Marianna Leikomaa
Place of PublicationTampere, Finland
Number of pages5
ISBN (print)9781939797087
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Learning scientists Online learning literature has documented how students self-represent their identities as they interact with each other and studied the relationship of identities to learning. However, our understanding may be incomplete since the online learning literature tends to oversimplify the dynamic relationship between identity and learning. Employing simplified cultural markers to explain humans, much online education research disregards how different identity traits come into play and affect learning practices. To more comprehensively address the relationship between identity and learning, we explore how individuals self-represent their identities and how they make sense of the subject-matter. The results show that identities do manifest themselves and play an important role in individuals’ online learning practices.