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

Introduction: New learning practices

What's New in Learning?

How we learn, with whom, and by what means is changing. Rapid changes in knowledge and technology are driving the need for new approaches to dissemination and integration of new information into workplaces and work practices, and new learning paths for adults. Education is no less affected. Universities, colleges, and secondary schools are rapidly adopting and integrating learning and course management systems into regular use. Distance learning, once supported through television broadcast and one-to-one correspondence between learners and teachers, has been transformed by the online spaces available for online or e-learning. Resources, in the form of published texts or subject experts, are increasingly easily available through the web, from anywhere, at any time, and to ...

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