Research & Consulting: Digital Learning and Work

Original Research
April 18, 2021
Prepared for work in Industry 4.0? Modelling the target activity system and five dimensions of worker readiness

Beginning with a structured analysis of twenty-three Industry 4.0 readiness models, this study identified a major research gap. Existing Industry 4.0 readiness/maturity models fore-grounded technical, social and personal competencies already featured in 21st-century and digital-competence discourses. Novel factors addressing the unique characteristics of cyber-physical systems and human-machine partnering[...]

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April 17, 2021
Optimism, interest and gender equality: Comparing the attitudes of university students toward IT learning and work

This article, produced in the context of a two-year cross-cultural digital-education project, compares the attitudes of university students in Ukraine and Latvia toward information technology understood as a domain of study, a professional sector and a digital hardware and software systems. Using portions of an American survey instrument[...]

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April 17, 2021
Exploring technology attitudes and personal–cultural orientations as student readiness factors for digitalised work

This article, produced in the context of a two-year cross-cultural digital-education project, explores the attitudes and orientations of students toward the emerging world of digitalised work. Digitalised work is defined as activity systems that deploy 'smart systems' in which humans and machines form tight physical, sensorial and cognitive[...]

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April 16, 2021
Theorizing effective use of digital technology with activity theory

This article deployed activity theory to conceptualise four sub-systems of digitally mediated action. Eschewing techno-logical determinism, humans are positioned as active agents capable of identifying, taking up, modifying and even sub-verting established technology uses in pursuit of meaningful objectives. At the same time, attention is given to contextual[...]

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April 16, 2021
Ready for digital learning? A mixed-methods exploration of surveyed technology competencies and authentic performance activity

This study developed and piloted a novel techno-methodology to relate DCP (self-report) measures to digital-learning performances. Fifteen one-hour activity sessions were captured using a multiperspectival digital-recording setup, and analysis was conducted in two phases. In Phase 1, the audio-video data and activity artefacts were coded and scored. Correlational[...]

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April 16, 2021
Profiling the digital readiness of higher education students for transformative online learning in the post-soviet nations of Georgia and Ukraine

This study profiled the technology readiness of university students in Georgia and Ukraine for online collaborative learning. The DCP was used to gather data from 150 students in Georgia and 129 in Ukraine. Participants were grouped statistically into high-, medium- and low-readiness segments in four dimensions of technology[...]

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April 16, 2021
Reexamining digital-learning readiness in higher education: Positioning digital competencies as key factors and a profile application as a readiness tool

What was the research status of digital competences as e-learning readiness factors? Did the EILAB’s’ DCP application represent a viable instrument for profiling e-learning readiness? This critical literature review found that despite the prominent positioning of digital competences in the e-learning readiness research, survey instruments were limited by[...]

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April 15, 2021
Surveying digital competencies of university students and professors in Ukraine

The technology readiness of 244 academics in Ukraine for fully online collaborative learning was surveyed and assessed against the requirements of online collaborative learning.

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April 15, 2021
Democratizing digital learning: Theorizing the Fully Online Learning Community model

How might digital educators address the demand for graduates who are, digital competent, collaborative problem-solvers, and deliberative citizens? This study theorises the Fully Online Learning Community (FOLC) model as a target activity model. Extending and critically adapting the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework, FOLC emphasises technology experimentation, collaborative[...]

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August 26, 2017
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