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.
Online initiatives are changing not only the way we teach and learn but who we learn with, where, and when. E-learning has left the classroom, and in doing so also leaves the sequestered space that comes with the face-to-face classroom or the campus library. E-learning happens in the workplace, at home, and on the road; in the (former) leisure spaces of coffee shops and hotels, and the learning spaces of public as well as academic libraries. E-learning has also left the campus, and with it the idea that higher education is completed at a certain age and produces graduates who go on to gain all future learning on the job. The content of interest also changes, from pursuit of an academic discipline ...