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.

Learning Communities

Learning communities


Chapter 5, Participatory Cultures, outlined new trends in learning, partly driven by the rise of social media. These new approaches emphasize collaboration over delivery of education, and recast the role of learner from a recipient of predetermined information to a joint creator of information and learning contexts. This emphasis on collaboration leads us to consider how to create the conditions that support pooling and co-construction of knowledge and resources, and thus to a concern about how to initiate, sustain and manage successful communities of learners, co-workers and knowledge creators. In online contexts, there has been an equal concern with how community can be sustained based only on lean computer-mediated communication. Much research and debate have surrounded the notion of virtual community, first ...

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