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

Information Literacy and Information Practice

Information Literacy and Information Practice
Andrew Whitworth


Why include a chapter on ‘information literacy and information practice’ in a book on e-learning research? What problems with e-learning are being addressed by such an inquiry?

The first step in justifying this line of argument is to recognise that e-learning is a sociotechnical practice, as argued by Goodfellow and Lea (this volume, Chapter 21). The incorporation of a technology into workplaces or other organisations depends not on the technology itself, but on the practices that emerge around it (Whitworth and Benson, in press). Goodfellow and Lea use a ‘literacies’ perspective to assess the development of new digital textual practices within the university. The emphasis in this chapter is, rather, ...

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