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E-learning Theory and Practice

E-learning Theory and Practice

August 2012 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

In E-learning Theory and Practice the authors set out different perspectives on e-learning. The book deals with the social implications of e-learning, its transformative effects, and the social and technical interplay that supports and directs e-learning.

The authors present new perspectives on the subject by:

  • Exploring the way teaching and learning are changing with the presence of the Internet and participatory media
  • Providing a theoretical grounding in new learning practices from education, communication and information science
  • Addressing e-learning in terms of existing learning theories, emerging online learning theories, new literacies, social networks, social worlds, community and virtual communities, and online resources
  • Emphasizing the impact of everyday electronic practices on learning, literacy and the classroom, locally and globally.

This book is for everyone involved in e-learning. Teachers and educators will gain an understanding of new learning practices, and learners will gain a sense of their new role as active participants in classroom and lifelong learning. Graduate students and researchers will gain insight into the direction of research in this new and exciting area of education and the Internet.

Introduction: New Learning Practices
What's New in Learning?  
What is Driving New Conditions for Learning?  
Chapter Outline  
Looking Forward  
Further Reading  
The New Media
Features of Computer-Mediated Communication  
Further Reading  
Theories of Learning
Transformation, Framing and Emergence  
Challenges for Assessment  
Toward E-Learning Theory  
Further Reading  
Theorizing Online Learning
Existing Theoretical Positions  
Further Theories  
Interim Summary  
Does E-Learning Require a New Theory of Learning?  
Three Questions Answered  
Further Thoughts  
Further Reading  
New Literacies, New Discourses in E-learning
From New Literacies to New Discourses  
Exploring Modes  
From 'Literacy' to 'Discourse'  
The Implications of a 'Discourse' View of E-Learning  
A Reciprocal, Co-Evolutionary Model of Literacy Development and Learning  
Developing a New 'Language' for E-Learning  
Further Reading  
Participatory Cultures
Technologies of Participation  
Brief History of IT Development  
Participatory Media  
Educational Spaces: 1.0 and 2.0  
Changes in Authority and Contribution  
Further Reading  
Learning Communities
Defining and Locating Community  
Why Collaboration and Community?  
The Concept of Community  
Creating an E-learning Community  
Promoting a Community  
Further Reading  
Sociotechnical Perspectives
Reviewing Social Processes and Technology  
Managing the Social and Technical Mix in E-learning  
Balancing the Social and Technical  
Further Reading  
E-learning Ecologies
The Ecology of the E-learning Environment  
Personal Ecologies  
Further Reading  
Ubiquitous Learning, Ubiquitous Learners
Becoming an Ubiquitous E-learner  
Who Is A Ubiquitous E-learner?  
What Does a Ubiquitous Learner Learn?  
The Ubiquitous Learner and the Economics of Attention  
Further Reading  
E-inclusion and Exclusion
Digital Divide  
Digital Spectrum  
Further Reading  
Cross-Cultural Issues
Issues Arising From Cultural Diversity  
E-learning Across the Globe  
Potential Problems with Cross-Cultural Approaches to E-Learning  
Further Reading  
Researching E-Learning
Getting Started in E-Learning Research  
E-learning Research Dimensions  
Research about and for E-learning  
New Forms of Research Formats in the Digital Age  
Becoming an E-Researcher  
Future Research  
From Research About E-Learning to Research For E-Learning  
Further Reading  

'Areas such as learning communities, e-learning ecologies and ubiquitous learning are discussed at a conceptual level, which all culminate with purposeful conclusions and indicators for future research'
- Paul Dolan, Learning and Teaching Update

as previous feedback, students also found this helpful, and it is useful for CPD events

Mrs Anke L Twigg-Flesner
HE Equine, Hartpury College
November 30, 2016

useful for a smaller number of our students, who may be looking to explore the use of innovative teaching or research methods.

Mrs Anke L Twigg-Flesner
HE Equine, Hartpury College
September 22, 2016

this will be useful for students wishing to investigate and understand newer learning approaches, hence it will appeal to a smaller number of students on this module.
very insightful and well presented text, logically structured and informative.

Mrs Anke L Twigg-Flesner
HE Equine, Hartpury College
May 10, 2016

This book presents in a clearly laid out format allowing easy access to the information I need.

Mrs Kathryn Peckham
School of Education, Northampton University
March 24, 2016

Great book for ER-learning references. Comprehensive. All ideas are explored in the text.

Mrs ellen margaret duncan-jones
Dept of Care & Continuing Education, Ystrad Mynach College
November 20, 2015

An easy to read an informative book on learning. New theories of learning are discussed as well as the dilemma of learners who are excluded as they are not online.

The text deconstructs and forms new ways of working and in particular looks at motivation.

Mrs Sandra Dawn Swinhoe
Education , Newcastle College
November 20, 2015

The authors use e-learning as an umbrella term covering various forms of computer-mediated communication and instruction. The text targets new e-learners as well as researchers and practitioners interested in the field. Some of the topics covered in the book include theoretical foundations, community building, literacy skills, and cross-cultural issues. I think real-life practices presented within information boxes provides a good foundation for application. Also, the organization of the text makes easy to read for every member of the broad audience it targets.

Mr Hakan IslamogŸlu
Education , Recep Tayyip Erdogan University
June 29, 2015

I'm currently studying a MSc in Technology Enhanced Learning so this book has been a life-saver. There's everything you could need to help you understand more about using technology in learning and explained in a straightforward and interesting way. I've used it for every module I've done as well as introducing new concepts of learning to students.

Miss Lisa Evison
Teacher Training, Rotherham College of Arts & Technology
April 12, 2015

This is a very useful and informative book that helps our students understand e-learning in more detail. This is particularly relevant given that e-learning is becoming increasingly adopted within healthcare due to its perceived cost benefits. Sadly there is a wealth of poor examples of e-learning in practice and this book helps students to understand that it does in fact have massive benefits if it is undertaken correctly.

Mr Tyler Warburton
Dept of Health & Social Studies, Bolton University
March 10, 2015

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