chapter  11
Analysing the impact of information technology on activity and learning
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Since the early days of using computers to aid learning, much of the research has been focused on what the technology can do and what difference this can make to learning. However, IT is just one component of the educational arena, and any attempt to focus only on the role of IT in enhancing learning is likely to produce results that show little effect compared with the influence of all the other factors involved. On the other hand, large-scale studies that attempt to isolate the impact of IT from all the other variables statistically will not produce large effect sizes because of the sheer variety of the ways in which IT is used in different cases; some uses of IT may lead to learning gains, others will make little difference and some may well be inferior to traditional methods.