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
This chapter describes the underpinning theory and principles of networked learning, a research area in e-learning. The claim we make is that networked learning offers a different way of thinking about the relationships between digital and networked technologies and the processes of learning and education. The chapter begins with a definition and sets out some of the key contributions made by this field and the communities and networks that have arisen around its use. The chapter stresses the flexibility and resilience of the phrase ‘networked learning’ and its ability to include researchers and practitioners from different traditions. Networked learning has been applied successfully in a variety of ...