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Agency online: trends in a university learning course


This article aims to investigate how university students perform agency in an online course and whether the collaborative nature of the course affects such expression. A total of 11 online web forums involving 18 students (N = 745 posts in total) were qualitatively analysed through the use of a codebook composed of five categories (individual, interpersonal, epistemic, transformative and collective) and several sub-categories purposely developed for the sake of this research. The results show that each category follows a specific path, although two events – the re-mixing of the groups and the assumption of the peer-tutor role – particularly affected the evolution of trends. Although this study needs further development, the authors believe that an in-depth understanding of the nature of agency, including how to analyse it as well as empower it when implementing blended educational activities, engages relevant theoretical and pedagogical issues.


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hal-01566319 , version 1 (20-07-2017)



Maria Beatrice Ligorio, Maria Antonietta A Impedovo. Agency online: trends in a university learning course. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 2017, ⟨10.1080/1475939X.2017.1350599⟩. ⟨hal-01566319⟩
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