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 1: Introduction to the SAGE Handbook of E-learning Research, Second Edition
The publication of the second edition of the SAGE Handbook of E-learning Research attests to the continued need for study and understanding of learning practices in contemporary technology-supported and technology-enabled educational, work and social settings. In preparing the first edition (Andrews & Haythornthwaite, 2007a), we found that while there had been considerable development in teaching and learning online, and in learning design, there was no coherent view of what constituted research in the field. Writing for this 2016 edition, we ...