The Inescapable Technological Mediation of Online Learning

A talk given by Dr. Straight at the 14th Annual Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment conference.

February 11, 2023

The director of the MA{VR}X Lab, Dr. Ryan Straight, presented a conference talk at the 14th Annual Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment conference on February 13th.

The conference is run on Central (UTC-06).


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BibTeX citation:
  author = {Straight, Ryan},
  title = {The {Inescapable} {Technological} {Mediation} of {Online}
  date = {2023-02-11},
  eventdate = {2023-02-13},
  url = {},
  doi = {DOI 10.17605/OSF.IO/T86DB},
  langid = {en},
  abstract = {At each and every step, education in an online modality is
    necessarily mediated by innumerable technologies. In a variation on
    the traditional postphenomenological understanding of technological
    mediation, we will trace the experience through the learner, into
    the technology, the design of the instruction, to the content, and
    back again. At these “enigma points,” we find we end up playing a
    kind of pedagogical “telephone,” potentially divorcing what is
    actually being experienced from what and how it was intended. Like
    designing a user or learning experience, you can’t design the
    experience, only for it.}
For attribution, please cite this work as:
Straight, Ryan. 2023. “The Inescapable Technological Mediation of Online Learning.” Invited talk. Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment Conference. 10.17605/OSF.IO/T86DB.