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 2: Online Pedagogy from the Learning Sciences Perspective
The field of e-learning has been informed by a number of both theoretical and methodological traditions, ranging from education, psychology, and communications to computer science, media design, and informatics. Here, I explore the relationship between learning theories and, in particular, the theories and methods of the learning sciences (LS) and e-learning. I focus primarily on the relationship between research in the learning sciences and in e-learning (as opposed to practical design and development strategies). The learning sciences are, as will be discussed later, an interdisciplinary field concerned with the design of learning environments and studying them in context. In what follows, I examine three broad ...