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

Designing for Lifelong Learning

Designing for Lifelong Learning
John Cook


Overall, the recent emphasis on lifelong learning can be seen to be intimately linked to attempts to bring educational spending more closely in line with the needs of the economy inter alia through widening of access, provision of continuing learning opportunities, a greater emphasis on a wider range of modes of provision or an emphasis on learning from experience, informal learning and work-based learning. I view learning as a cognitive, psychological as well as a social and cultural phenomenon, which is mediated by tools such as language and technology. Informal learning I see as largely residing outside the infrastructure attendant to formal qualifications; formal and intentional informal learning are best understood ...

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