The Relevant Question and the Question of Relevance

Jon Mason, Tore Hoel

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This paper brings together two perspectives on current developments in information and communications technology (ICT) utilized for the purposes of learning, education, and training (LET). One perspective is concerned with governance and legitimacy issues regarding the process and relevance of standards development; the other, is concerned with the role of discerning relevant questions in LET and the potential scope for innovation that might develop tools to support such discernment. Discussion of information systems architecture is introduced as a means to set the context and provide a framework for bringing together an overall narrative and coherence to these two perspectives. Questions initiated by „why‟ are of particular interest because they typically demand an explanation in natural language to satisfy the questioner. By focusing on „why‟ as a key „primitive‟ of enquiry the authors present an approach that might inform improved processes of ICT for LET (a.k.a ITLET) standardization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of The 19th International Conference o Computers in Education, ICCE 2011
EditorsT. Hirashima
PublisherAsia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference of Computers in Education - Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 28 Nov 20112 Dec 2011
Conference number: 19th


ConferenceInternational Conference of Computers in Education
Abbreviated titleICCE 2011
CityChiang Mai


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