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

Pedagogies in Virtual Worlds

Pedagogies in Virtual Worlds
Maggi Savin-Baden Gemma Tombs


In recent years, e-learning research has tended to focus on students’ experiences of virtual learning environments, discussion forums and perspectives about what and how online learning has been implemented. This has resulted in a suggestion that online learning takes place in an apolitical vacuum, and that success in learning can be achieved simply through an adequate structuring of learning activities. This chapter argues that:

  • Virtual worlds can offer new opportunities for curricula for uncertain times: Virtual world learning seems to offer opportunities to move away from pedagogical scaffolding and introduce new perspectives relating to the study of the socio-political impact of learning in higher education. This ...
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