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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 ...

Theorizing Online Learning
Theorizing online learning
Introduction

The principal question considered in the present chapter is whether the practices of e-learning require a new theory of learning, or whether existing theories of learning are adequate to account for what happens, and what is possible in e-learning. Our premise, which we will explore throughout the chapter and the rest of the book, is that e-learning is more than just an environment or site for conventionally conceived learning. Instead it is a new practice that calls for a new theoretical perspective. In this chapter, we highlight some existing theoretical positions that address the different learning experience and practice of the distributed, online learner.

‘E-learning’ itself is a term that is complex, and that attracts a degree of controversy and disagreement. ...

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