Interactivity is at the very heart of learning and is evident at all levels of engagement, whether between fellow students, students and tutors, online learning materials or interfacing with the learning environment.
Covering both theory and the practical implications of the issues discussed, this book provides international perspectives on key topics including: analysing and designing e-learning interactions, social and conceptual dimensions of learning, interactions in online discussions, interactions in peer learning and professional development of online facilitators.
It is essential reading for all those involved in the design, implementation, management and use of open and flexible learning.
'This book focuses on the usefulness of interaction at all levels in online education. The different interactive modes of teaching and learning have been elaborately defined. The author has focused on some prime subjects like teacher-student interaction, online discussions, online forums and more. The book clearly defines positive impact of interaction as a vital necessity for better understanding of a subject. It includes research work and case studies from around the world. It is must-read for both online educators as well as course designers.' - Education-Advancement.com
'This is a very useful book to dip into.' - British Journal of Educational Technology
'The text as a whole should be of value to anyone designing, using or managing on-line or flexible learning systems.' - Physical Sciences Educational Reviews, The Higher Education Academy