E-learning is at an exciting point in its development; its potential in terms of research is great and its impact on institutional practices is fully recognised. This book defines e-learning as a field of research, highlighting the complex issues, activities and tensions that characterise the area.
Written by a team of experienced researchers and commented upon by internationally recognised experts, this book engages researchers and practitioners in critical discussion and debate about the findings emerging from the field and the associated impact on practice. Key topics examined include:
Contemporary Perspectives in E-Learning Research provides a synthesis of research, giving readers a grounding in contemporary e-learning scholarship whilst identifying the debates that make it such a lively and fast-moving area. A landmark text in an evolving field, this book will prove invaluable for all researchers, practitioners, policy makers and students who engage with e-learning.
'Contemporary perspectives in e-learning research is a useful book for those actively pursuing research in this area.' - British Journal of Educational Technology
'Esssential reading for anyone interested in understanding more about the research and practice of e-learning.' - Teaching in Higher Education
1. Introduction 2. Epistemologies and social context 3. Political context 4. Technologies for learning and the information environment 5. Understanding organisational cultures, roles and identities 6. Learning theories and technologies 7. Designing for learning 8. Designing educational resources for learning 9. Assessment 10. Managing educational resources 11. Literacies 12. Collaboration 13. Affective and social issues 14. Evaluation 15. Conclusion
This internationally respected series features invaluable contributions from the world's leading experts in the field of online learning. It offers a combination of innovative research and practical advice, offering valuable insights into the comprehensive process of developing, teaching, learning, and managing online and distance learning materials.