The Entangled Web: The Quantum Perspective of Learning, Quantum Learning Environments and Web Technology

By Katherine J. Janzen, Beth Perry and Margaret Edwards.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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Our virtual and temporal worlds are experiencing rapid and vast changes as we enter into the second decade of this millennium. This almost frenetic pace of change can be seen in the development of Web technologies which have been applied to the e-learning context in an effort to reach and engage students who are becoming increasingly “technosocial” (Fuchs, 2010, p. 788). There is always the risk that students may become lost within the techno-educational spaces created for them (Dron & Anderson, 2009). Quantum learning environments may help students navigate e-learning and not become lost in cyber pedagogy. Quantum learning environments can be depicted as giant spider webs which exist as integral parts of infinite realms of learning. Such environments connect learners, instructors, technology, and environments. Using the metaphor of the spider web, quantum learning environments become an entangled web in which everything is connected to everything else. In this paper, quantum learning environments are explored in the context of the Quantum Perspective of Learning and Web technology.

Keywords: Quantum Perspective of Learning, Quantum Learning Environments, Artistic Pedagogical Technologies, Web Technology, SITE Model

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.1-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1023.242KB).

Prof. Katherine J. Janzen

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health and Community Studies, Mount Royal Univeristy, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Katherine Janzen graduated with a diploma in nursing from Foothills School of Nursing in 1981. She worked as a Registered Nurse for 30 years on Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery. She completed a Bachelor of Nursing in 2005 and Master of Nursing in 2011 from Athabasca University with honors. She is currently employed at Mount Royal University teaching undergraduate nursing. Her work, in conjunction with Dr. Beth Perry and Dr. Margie Edwards at Athabasca University, focuses on the continued development and refinement of a learning perspective, Quantum Learning, which utilizes exchange theory and applies the principles of quantum physics to the theory of learning. Her research interests centre on the experience of online learning for learners and teachers, and women with addictions.

Dr. Beth Perry

Associate Professor, Centre for Nursing and Health Studies, Athabasca University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Beth completed her PhD in Educational Administration at the University of Alberta. Currently Beth is a Professor, Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University. She teaches courses in research, leadership, organizational theory and change and her research focuses on exemplary nursing care and online teaching. Her website is http://moments@athabascau.ca

Dr. Margaret Edwards

Professor and Associate Dean, Center for Nursing and Health Studies, Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University, Athabasca, Alberta, Canada

Dr. Margaret Edwards is the Dean and Professor, Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University. Her research interests are in the areas of healthcare informatics, online education, and exemplary care of the older adults.