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.

The New Media
The new media

The new media – from email to blogs to YouTube to Twitter – have driven major changes in who we communicate with, from where, and when. Similarly, they are driving changes in what we can and want to do in the online and on-campus classroom, and when searching and learning via the web. The differences and affordances of each of these modes of communication underpin the revolution in e-learning. Thus, it is well worth reviewing some of the fundamental differences between communicating via computer media and communicating face-to-face. This serves as a starting point for understanding what makes e-learning different from face-to-face learning.

We use computer media so frequently and in such an integrated manner with daily life that it is ...

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