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The new edition of The SAGE Handbook of E-Learning Research retains the original effort of the first edition by focusing on research while capturing the leading edge of e-learning development and practice. Chapters focus on areas of development in e-learning technology, theory, practice, pedagogy and method of analysis. Covering the full extent of e-learning can be a challenge as developments and new features appear daily. The editors of this book meet this challenge by including contributions from leading researchers in areas that have gained a sufficient critical mass to provide reliable results and practices. The 25 chapters are organised into six key areas: 1. THEORY 2. LITERACY & LEARNING 3. METHODS & PERSPECTIVES 4. PEDAGOGY & PRACTICE 5. BEYOND THE CLASSROOM 6. FUTURES

Literacy and the Digital University
Literacy and the Digital University
Robin GoodfellowMary R. Lea
INTRODUCTION: FROM ‘E-LEARNING’ TO ‘THE DIGITAL UNIVERSITY'

In Challenging E-learning in the University: A Literacies Perspective (Goodfellow and Lea, 2007), we discussed technology and university ideologies through the lens of the institutional practices of literacy. The conclusions we reached focused on what we saw as a decoupling of ‘technological agendas, policies and practices’ from ‘established authoritative knowledge spaces’ by which we meant academic disciplines (2007, pp. 141–142). We drew attention to the increasing professional and vocational purposes of the university, identified with a growing political focus on employment as the key purpose of higher education. We argued that the pedagogical techniques of e-learning seemed to find the knowledge focus of disciplines more difficult ...

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