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Elearning: The Key Concepts

1st Edition

By Robin Mason, Frank Rennie


200 pages

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E-Learning has long been touted as the brave new frontier of education, offering fresh challenges to teachers, students and, indeed, the whole of the education system. Addressing this, Elearning: The Key Concepts is the perfect reference for anyone seeking to navigate the myriad of names, concepts and applications associated with this new era of teaching, training and learning.

Taking the reader from A to Z through a range of topics including blogging, course design, plagiarism, search engines and Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs), this timely work features:

  • full cross-referencing
  • a substantial introduction exploring the development of the field and putting modern-day challenges in context
  • extensive guides to further reading.

The only text of its kind to provide concise and user-friendly definitions of the crucial terms used in this growing field, this is a highly useful resource for online course co-ordinators, undergraduate students taking online courses, students on masters-level online learning courses, and trainers.


'As a handy companion to the e-learning literature as a whole, this book is second to none and is therefore highly recommended as a useful addition to the bookshelves of any staff room.' - ESCalate

'Everything you need to knnow about eLearning is well defined here.' - Mantex Reviews

'This book provides a well designed starting point for a reader with little or no knowledge of elearning.' - Educational Review

'For the new and the uninitiated, this is a useful book for concept clarification; and for those initiated and excpert, it is a reference source to find the meaning of a concept quickly…For the uninitiated, the introduction to this book is an excellent starting point.' - British Journal of Educational Technology

Table of Contents

1. Growth of E-Learning 2. Terminology 3. Underlying Theory 4. Course Design 5. Online Assessment 6. Role of the Tutor 7. Role of the Student 8. Online Community 9. Blended Learning 10. The Learning Platform 11. Trends in E-Learning 12. Conclusion

About the Authors

Professor Robin Mason is a specialist in the research and practise of online teaching and learning at The Open University. Dr Frank Rennie is Head of Research and Postgraduate Development at Lews Castle College, the University of Highlands and Islands Millennium Institute.

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Computers & Technology
EDUCATION / Distance Education & Learning