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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.

Theories of Learning
Theories of learning
Introduction

What can conventional learning theory contribute to the development of e-learning theory? Learning theory provides an understanding of what it means to learn, and how learning can be seen by others to have taken place. It articulates the psychological process of learning based on an internal change in what we bring to a situation and how that transforms our understanding to a new state. It addresses how we make sense of the world around us, including people, technology and society, and how we assign meaning to situations as the basis of interpretation or action. In developing a sense of the world, we also gain an understanding of our place in the world, and thereby assume and learn to express our ...

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