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.
Chapter 4: New Literacies, New Discourses in E-Learning
New Literacies, New Discourses in E-Learning
From New Literacies to New Discourses
This chapter continues the theme from the previous two in looking at how theories of learning and e-learning are manifest in communicative practices. In this chapter, we explore how e-learning affords opportunities for different kinds of communication than are traditionally used in learning. In a sense, whereas other chapters in this book look through transparent glass to the topic under discussion, this one regards the stained glass of the medium itself through which the understanding of the field is filtered. In this chapter we work simultaneously on seeing the stained glass, and also on looking through it to the focus of our book as a whole: e-learning theory and ...