Online Learning

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Edited by: Michael Thomas

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2011 |
    • Online Publication Date: January 15, 2013 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446262719 |
    • Print ISBN: 9780857027658 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446262719 |
    • Series: SAGE Library of Educational Thought and Practice |
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Abstract

With the recent emergence of Web 2.0 technologies and the widespread use and availability of laptop computers and wireless networks, the integration of digital technologies is increasingly seen as an inevitable factor in e-Learning and education. Online Learning examines the influence of new technologies on online pedagogy and provides an authoritative synthesis of existing research in the field. It also investigates the direction of e-Learning in the digital age. Consisting of approximately 85 articles, the five parts focus on:

Part I. Professional Development and Training

Part II. Digital Pedagogies

Part III. Digital Literacies

Part IV. New and Emerging Technologies

Part V. Online Assessment

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  • Editor's Introduction: Online Learning - An Overview of Trends and Research in the Field

    MichaelThomas

    Introduction

    Over the last five to ten years, online learning has significantly improved its position in terms of strategic importance, popularity and perceived quality in the global educational community. This is due, in no small measure to the opportunities offered by the Web and virtual learning environments (VLE) (also known as course management systems in North America) (Cavus, Uzonboylu & Ibrahim, 2007). The Web has provided a platform for the standardized delivery of credit bearing courses under the control of institutional providers as well as recent experiments in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in which thousands of international participants pay nothing (Parry, 2010). Confirming these trends, Bill Gates’ influential 2010 “Annual Letter” ...

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