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

The Future of E-learning

The Future of E-learning

The Future of E-learning
Jon Dron Terry Anderson


This is not the first attempt to predict the future of e-learning and our first confident prediction is that it will not be the last. Our intent in this chapter is to focus less on the digital technologies involved and more on broad trends and consequences, especially as they affect and are affected by the pedagogies and their surrounding educational infrastructures. We do not wish to predict the future so much as to characterize its general form and examine the implications for the present and the futures that emerge.


The term ‘e-learning’ was independently invented several times in the mid-1990s (Cross, 2008): ‘it was in the ...

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