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Interactions in Online Education
Implications for Theory and Practice

Edited By

Charles Juwah

ISBN 9780415357425
Published October 31, 2006 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Setting the Scene Charles Juwah  Section 1: Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives  1. Theoretical Perspectives on Interactivity Online Terry Mayes  2. Engaging Learners with Designers: Encounter Theory as a Model for Enhancing Communication, Interaction and Engagement Rod Sims and John Hedberg  3. Interaction Metaphors for Learning Transactions: Knowledge Construction and Conceptual Understanding Piet Kommers  4. A Framework for Analyzing and Designing e-Learning Interactions Atsusi Hirumi  5. Re-Thinking Interaction: Emotion, Cognition and Context Andrew Ravenscroft  Section 2: Design and Learning Environment
6. A Model for Authentic Activities for Online Learning Jan Herrington, Tom Reeves and Ron Oliver  7. Learning Designs, Learner Interactions and Learning Objects  Barry Harper  8. Simulation: Designing for Interactivity and Higher Order Learning Rik Min  Section 3: Practice  9. Interaction in Learning and Teaching on the Educational Semantic Web Terry Andersen  10. Interactions in Online Discussions. A Pedagogical Perspective Sanjay Mishra and Charles Juwah 11. Interactions in Peer Learning Charles Juwah  12. Interactivity and Interactions in Video Conferencing Teaching Wolfgang Greller  Section 4: Professional Development
13. Professional Development of Online Facilitators in Enhancing Interaction and Engagement: A Framework Santosh Panda and Charles Juwah  14. Developing Competencies for Distance Education Teaching Ramesh C. Sharma and Charles Juwah  15. Conclusions: The Way Forward Charles Juwah

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Charles Juwah is Senior Educational Development Officer and Deputy Head, Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK.


'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.' -

'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