A loophole in Moore's law of transactional distance

Jon Dron

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Michael Moore’s law of transactional distance predicts an inverse relationship between dialogue and structure in any educational transaction. The greater the dialogue, the lesser the structure and vice versa. This paper describes the theoretical underpinnings of types of virtual learning environment that in some senses break this law by generating structure through dialogue. Such systems might thus cater simultaneously for diametrically different types of learner as well as possess the ability to adapt closely to the needs of groups of learners. Three examples of such environments are described and opportunities for further developments in this field are explored.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, Joensuu, Finland, 30 August - 1 September 2004
Place of PublicationLos Alamitos, Ca
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)0769521819
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Virtual learning environments


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