Theory, Research, and Practice
Web-Based Learning: Theory, Research, and Practice explores the state of the art in the research and use of technology in education and training from a learning perspective. This edited book is divided into three major sections:
*Policy, Practice, and Implementation Issues -- an overview of policy issues, as well as tools and designs to facilitate implementation of Web-based learning;
*Theory and Research Issues -- a look at theoretical foundations of current and future Web-based learning; the section also includes empirical studies of Web-based learning; and
*Summary and Conclusions -- highlights key issues in each chapter and outlines a research and development agenda.
Within this framework the book addresses several important issues, including: the primacy of learning as a focus for technology; the need to integrate technology with high standards and content expectations; the paucity of and need to support the development of technology-based curriculum and tools; the need to integrate assessment in technology and improve assessment through the use of technology; and the need for theory-driven research and evaluation studies to increase our knowledge and efficacy.
Web-Based Learning is designed for professionals and graduate students in the educational technology, human performance, assessment and evaluation, vocational/technical, and educational psychology communities.
Table of Contents
Part I: Policy, Practice, and Implementation Issues. 1. Evaluating Web-Based Learning Environments. 2. Infrastructure for Web-Based Learning. 3. The ADL Vision and Getting From Here to There. 4. An Open Learning Model for Web-Based Learning Architecture. 5. A Framework for Studying the Process of Implementing Web-Based Learning Systems. 6. Issues in Synchronous Versus Asynchronous E-Learning Platforms. 7. Virtual Reality and Simulators: Implications for Web-Based Education and Training. 8. Heuristics for Selecting Distance or Classroom Settings for Courses. 9. Putting the "Advanced" Into Advanced Distributed Learning. 10. Beyond Content and Design: Employment Processes as the Missing Link in Web-Based Distance Learning Success. Part II: Theory and Research Issues. 11. Becoming a Self-Regulated Learner: Implications for Web-Based Education. 12. The Importance of Motivation, Metacognition, and Help Seeking in Web-Based Learning. 13. Learning and Transfer in Two Web-Based and Distance Applications. 14. Role of Task-Specific Adapted Feedback on a Computer-Based Collaborative Problem-Solving Task. 15. Teaching Procedural Knowledge in Distance Learning Environments. 16. Why Understanding Instructional Design Requires an Understanding of Human Cognitive Evolution. 17. Scalability and Sociability in Online Learning Environments. 18. Role of Simulation in Web-Based Learning. 19. The Use of Technology in Education. 20. Five Critical Issues for Web-Based Instructional Design Research and Practice. 21. Ten Research-Based Principles of Multimedia Learning. Part III: Summary and Conclusions. 22. Summary and Conclusions.
"This volume provides a discussion by researchers in education, both civilian and military, about an education delivery system that has been maturing for at least a decade. Recommended. Graduate students through practitioners."
"...a useful read for those who wish to explore this rich and complex area and, through their explorations, add clarity to the diversity of voices currently representing the field."
"The topic of this book is timely and addresses a need to step back from the flurry of Web-based instruction activity and assess where we are in the field and where we are going."
Pennsylvania State University
"...a valuable addition to the literature on Web-based learning..this volume is unique in its emphasis on a national research agenda, which weaves together research and policy issues."
—J. Michael Spector
Florida State University
"The book shows us the wide range of research issues and future possible developments of web-based learning. I recommend it highly for graduate students of educational technology and researchers in web-based learning."
--British Journal of Educational Technology; Vol 38 No 6 2007