It is widely recognized that online and e-learning is no longer an exclusive approach used only in distance education and in isolation from traditional education programmes. A real difficulty facing educators and trainers is how to integrate these new learning methods and embed them in established and existing forms of learning, teaching or training.
This book forms a serious, in-depth study of the subject and proposes that e-learning is not simply a matter of 'digitizing' traditional materials, but involves a new approach, which must take into account pedagogical, technological and organizational features to form a well-designed education system.
A practical focus is maintained throughout, with advice on implementation and case studies drawn from the contributors' considerable experience.
Integrated E-Learning is essential reading for anyone wanting to implement, design, develop or deliver e-learning or training courses.
Wim Jochems, Jeroen van Merriënboer and Rob Koper are professors at the internationally-renowned Educational Technology Expertise Centre at the Open University of the Netherlands, Heerlen. Wim Jochems is also General Director of the Educational Technology Expertise Centre at the University.
'The book is an impressive distillation of the vast experience of one of the few world-class centres of expertise in educational technology. The authors combine wisdom with practicality, founded on a clear constructivist approach to improving the quality of the learning experience. It will be invaluable to all concerned with integrating and embedding e-learning in our educational systems.' - Diana Laurillard, Pro Vice Chancellor, Learning Technologies and Teaching, The Open University, UK
'If you are looking for a book that has solid recommendations on the whole process of course development, from management to evaluation, via content design and delivery, then this book is a good investment.' - Dr Matthew Fox, Director of Learning Solutions, Epic Group
'In a series of well-written, focused chapters and an excellent epilogue, the book lays out the complexities of contemporary thinking on e-learning in an accessible and stimulating fashion.' - Doug Rae, University College Northampton in LATISS 1, 2004
'Anyone looking for a good overview of current thought would benefit from this book. It deals with the subject at a good level, is based on research and it presents a realistic impression of the state of the art, the problems we face and the issues we already know about. It will be recognisable to readers who are familiar with the subject and describes everything sharply and clearly for them again, while presenting many eye-openers for those who are less well acquainted with research into e-learning.' -