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E-learning Theory and Practice

E-learning Theory and Practice

April 2011 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"This is a must-read for every student, lecturer and professor. It establishes Internet Studies as essential to an understanding of how learners and educators can capture the value of our networked world."

Professor William H. Dutton, Director of the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

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

- emphasising 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



A very sound practical book which has led to some valuable discussions of the challenges and advantages of e-learning. Thought-provoking and practical.

Dr Katy Newell-Jones
GP School, Health Education Thames Valley
December 10, 2014

At a time when the early promise of ‘elearning’ to transform education is being questioned, this is a timely and relevant publication. Offering an approach to the practicalities of digital teaching and learning, it has the benefit of hindsight which in turn makes for realistic reading. The hope is the sector has moved on from early deterministic views and now sees technology as a product of the environment in which it is produced and used. This book offers a useful contribution to the debates around the wider social impact of the internet and its potential for enhancing the learning experience.

Ms Sue Watling
Centre for Educational Research and Development, University of Lincoln
May 22, 2014

Good background read for thise involved in elearning

Ms Glynis Gibbs
Education , Dundee University
November 28, 2013

I am going to use it as supplemental text book. It gives an information about theory of e-learning with practice. I strongly suggest it others.

Dr Omer Vural
Educational Psychology , Gaziantep University
August 20, 2013

There was no e learning in place atthis time.
This may change as next year we are undertaking a new course programme which will be e learning focussed.

Miss Carol Reid
scho, Brighton University
June 5, 2013

The text looks at some of hte different perspectives of e- learning. How learning and teaching are evolving with the development of Internet Studies

Mrs Carol Ellis
Health , Anglia Ruskin University
April 3, 2013

A must for those colleagues looking for the underpinning frameworks for facilitating Learning Online

Mr Patrick Saintas
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brighton University
March 1, 2013

This book provides a useful platform to discuss the use of e learning in the sector.there are a range of supplementary articles suggested in the book which provide the reader with further reading and reserach.The models and examples shown and discussed are ones taht can be easily implemneted by trainees.

Mrs Adele Sewell
tEACHER TRAINING , Bishop Burton College
January 21, 2013

I am still in the process of revising an EdTech certificate at my institution. Where I was considering the text was in a learning theory and technology course. Since the book does not fit the course to fully integrate the content,
I would be interested in writing a book on the topic of learning theory and technology. Although this text E-Learning Theory and Practice supports the topic, I cannot find one text suitable for my university audience which spans Pre-K through 16 educators as well as students from a business/technical background.

Dr Cynthia Sistek-Chandler
Teacher Education Dept, National University
November 7, 2012

This book is an excellent resource for those student continuuing their education on the Foundation degree programme. It highlights the process of learning from an 'e' perspective and provides an insight into how the learning process of individuals can be nurtured by the use of technology such as VLEs and other platforms. It is however an essential book for all lecturers and PGCE students who need to understand e-learning in this dynamic time of educational change.

Mrs Alison Cox
Health and Social Care, Merthyr Tydfil College
November 5, 2012

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