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Learning Resources and Learning Ecology: 

Implications for Instructional Design

Presented by Theresa OFOEGBU (University of Nigeria-Nsukka)

From the Faculty of Education at the University of León, in discussion with: Royda KAMPAMBA (University of Copperbelt), J.M. DIAZ & Samuel ALVÁREZ

Coordination: J.M. Díaz-Nafría (ULE, BITrum)

Wednesday, Dec 2nd, 2015, 11:00 am (ECT)

Learning and learning process have been the concern of every nation. Since the advent of non-formal, semi- formal and formal learning systems, learning resources have been available. Science, technology and developments are continuously paving ways for newer categories of these resources, hence the concepts of traditional and modern learning resources. Several categorization schemes have been adopted for these resources. Renowned scholars have carried out researches on the impact of these resources on the learners and the learning system and various conflicting findings have been recorded.

The question being posed by some researchers is whether any learning resource is totally bad and if any is exclusively good. What then determines the choice of learning resource? The answer to this question takes us to the concept of learning ecology which is a system, a habitat or an organization made up of individuals of various categories and assorted resources interacting in different dimensions. These interactions are geared towards achieving equilibrium. Effective Equilibrium is reached by viable instruction design.

Theresa OFOEGBU 
is a senior lecturer in the Department of Arts Education, faculty of Education, University of Nigeria Nsukka. She has the following qualifications: PhD Educational Technology from University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2003;  M.Ed Educational Technology from University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1995; B.Sc. (Ed) from University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1984 and NCE from Alvan Ikoku College of Education Owerri. She teaches educational technology courses to both graduate and undergraduate students. Theresa has attended both national and international conferences and has about thirty- five publications in both national and international journals. Her research interest is in the area of instructional design and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Education. She is the Co-ordinator of the newly established educational Technology research group in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the faculty of Education representative in the Committee on enhancing global visibility. She belongs to the following Professional Associations: Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN), National  Association of Educational Media and Technology (NAEMT), Curriculum Organization of Nigeria (CON), World Council for Curriculum and Instruction(WCCI)