Information/Education

Where does education end and information begin? Where does information end and education begin? Studying information science in a department of education has given me pause. We are studying information behaviors, but so much of what I am studying are also tied closely to the educational process. I find it difficult to tease out the strands of information behavior in higher education.

When instructors instruct, they are sharing information at a most basic level. I am personally very curious how that is done in an online setting, minus non-verbal cues. Online education is so dependent on the student constructing knowledge for themselves, that the instructor is often more a facilitator than a traditional professor. The information sharing that happens in face to face instruction is transformed by the transactional distance. So the information behaviors are necessarily also transformed. I just don’t really understand how.

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