De-gendering in the use of e-learning

  • Bernd Remmele WHL Graduate School of Business and Economics - Lahr
  • Matthias Holthaus WHL Graduate School of Business and Economics - Lahr
Keywords: Gender governance, e-learning, co-construction of technology and gender

Abstract

The starting point of the paper is the co-construction of gender and technology, that is, the theory that the usage of and the attitude to certain kinds of technology are a way to “do” one’s gender. A survey is presented that supports the assumption that with the routinization of e-learning in higher education e-learning loses its character as a technology, which can be used for gender performance. With the routinization of its usage e-learning is becoming a gender-neutral tool with no outstanding technological appeal. However, though doing gender may disappear in certain fields the co-construction of gender and technology is still valid as basic structure. Furthermore, the results show that e-learning meanwhile supports the attitude we call study as consumption, that is, the expectation that the main e-learning features are usual services to be provided by the educational institution. This attitude is to be found among male and female students alike.

Author Biography

Bernd Remmele, WHL Graduate School of Business and Economics - Lahr
Professor for Economic Education
Published
2013-07-05
How to Cite
Remmele, B., & Holthaus, M. (2013). De-gendering in the use of e-learning. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 14(3), 27-42. https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v14i3.1299
Section
Research Articles