Interactions between Virtual Spaces and Schools: A Collective Case Study
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EducationCollective case studyInformal LearningICT
Martínez Martínez, J. M., & Tudela Sancho, A. (2020). Interactions between Virtual Spaces and Schools: A Collective Case Study. Future Internet, 12(12), 217. [doi:10.3390/fi12120217]
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) play an important role in the current educational panorama. Their presence in educational centers has increased in the last decade due to the constant development of educational policies focused on their inclusion in the classroom. However, the integration of ICT in educational spaces and practices has still not reach the levels desired by international organizations such as the OECD and UNESCO. The aim of this study is to understand the nature of the interaction between virtual spaces and school spaces, and how this interaction a ects the development of students’ learning processes. To this end, we follow an interpretive research methodology using a collective case study with four students from Spain. The results highlight the scarce integration of ICT into educational centers and teaching practices. However, virtual spaces play an important role in the development of other learning processes, such as informed learning, informal learning, and learning outside of the school context. In this work, we also provide a brief overview of changes in the current educational situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.