The use of online learning environments is now widespread, and there is a wealth of literature providing practical advice on how to teach online, develop courses and ensure effective pedagogical practice.
What has been frequently overlooked is the insight offered by cyberspace theory, which considers broader social, cultural and theoretical contexts within which new technologies and learning models are situated.
This book provides a fresh perspective on current thinking in e-learning. It challenges orthodox assumptions about the role of technology in the teaching and learning of the future, and explores more varied and wider-reaching conceptual frameworks for learning in cyberspace.
Featuring the contributions of respected and experienced experts with a wide range of perspectives, Education in Cyberspace will be valued by anyone closely involved in the theory of e-learning and education.
Table of Contents
1. Mutability and metamorphosis in cyberspace education, Sian Bayne 2. New technologies, new identities: the university in the informational age, Caroline Pelletier 3. Learning from Cyberia, Glynis Cousin 4. Ambulating with megafauna, Bruce Ingraham 5. Education in the digital domain, Mark Poster 6. Metadata vs educational culture: roles, power and standardisation, Martin Oliver 7. Words, bridges and dialogue: issues of audience and addressivity in online communication, Colleen McKenna 8. Nobody knows you're a dog: what amounts to context in networked learning?, Chris Jones 9. Towards highly communicative e-learning communities: some features of a socio-cultural framework for cognitive change, Andrew Ravenscroft 10. Simulcra, embodiment and risk in cyberspace education, Ray Land 11. "Reading" cyberspace: the fetishising of information from an online environment, Trudy Barber 12. Screen or Monitor? Issues of surveillance and disciplinary power in online learning environments, Ray Land and Sian Bayne
Sian Bayne (University of Edinburgh, UK) (Edited by) , Ray Land (University of Edinburgh, UK) (Edited by)
'The focus on online education helps frame the larger conversation and facilitates the formation of a theoretical understanding of higher education by which we determine what we become or became.' - David R Cillay, Teachers College Review, September 2005
'This collection succeeds in its attempt to broaden the theoretical scope of debates about learning in cyberspace. My hope is that it will be widely read and debated, not least by those who are also engaged in designing learning environments.' - Sue Clegg, Teaching in Higher Education
'I commend Education in Cyberspace to you, heartily...A really good read.' - British Journal of Educational Technology