The new edition of The SAGE Handbook of E-Learning Research retains the original effort of the first edition by focusing on research while capturing the leading edge of e-learning development and practice. Chapters focus on areas of development in e-learning technology, theory, practice, pedagogy and method of analysis. Covering the full extent of e-learning can be a challenge as developments and new features appear daily. The editors of this book meet this challenge by including contributions from leading researchers in areas that have gained a sufficient critical mass to provide reliable results and practices. The 25 chapters are organised into six key areas: 1. THEORY 2. LITERACY & LEARNING 3. METHODS & PERSPECTIVES 4. PEDAGOGY & PRACTICE 5. BEYOND THE CLASSROOM 6. FUTURES
Chapter 8: Multimodality in Virtual Learning Environments: Exploring Traces of the Page in Designs of Screens
Writing on the page is in many ways being replaced with writing on screens. With these changes, the centuries-long naturalised relation of the site of the page and the mode of writing are being loosened and undone and displaced in many sites by new principles of composition on screens (Kress, 2003, 2010). This chapter will explore and describe the shifting functions of writing in online environments, and within this consider their implications for shaping learning pedagogies. The study of online environments has been approached from a number of disciplines, including communication, ...