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 idea that students need to take control of their learning pervades many progressive approaches to learning such as active learning, learner-centered learning, self-directed learning (Hase and Kenyon, 2000), and entrepreneurial learning (Senges et al., 2008). It also encompasses approaches that focus on how to motivate learners, capture their natural interest and curiosity, and use materials relevant to a learner's experience and needs, such as situated learning, apprenticeship models of learning and recognition of indigenous knowledge (e.g. Gee, 2003; Senges et al., 2008). However, it isn't until we come to e-learning, that is, learning on and with web-based methods and information, that the novice learner has the potential to be freed from authorities who control the content, method and delivery of information. ...