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.

E-Inclusion and Exclusion

E-inclusion and exclusion


It is fitting that we follow a chapter on ubiquity with one that considers limits to ubiquity. The e-learning and ubiquitous learning revolution described so far draws a picture of near continuous use and easy facility with a computer and the Internet. Access may be accomplished on multiple devices, or on portable personal devices, but the individual is never far from their communication portal. With seamless integration into everyday life, managing the activities of searching, learning and communicating via the web is easy and swift. With adequate infrastructure, materials and contacts are where they are needed, when they are needed. New applications and devices are acquired on a just-in-time basis, and learning to use them is integrated into daily tasks. ...

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