Reconsidering Moore’s Transactional Distance Theory

An interesting paper from the European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning that attempts to redefine Moore’s notion of transactional distance as a distance in understanding between a learner and a teacher that needs to be closed. I’m not convinced by the conclusion – the authors neatly shoe-horn the theory into their own, but at the expense of not seriously considering the control dynamics and the psychological aspects that are perhaps the theory’s most valuable contributions. However, the paper contains a fine analysis of the literature via Dewey’s constructivist philosophy and a thorough examination of the concept of transactional distance from a refreshing perspective. It does begin to sound more than a little like a rephrasing of Vygotsky, which is not a bad thing.

Address of the bookmark:

I am a professional learner, employed as a Full Professor and Associate Dean, Learning & Assessment, at Athabasca University, where I research lots of things broadly in the area of learning and technology, and I teach mainly in the School of Computing & Information Systems. I am a proud Canadian, though I was born in the UK. I am married, with two grown-up children, and three growing-up grandchildren. We all live in beautiful Vancouver.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.