e-Learning Ecologies explores transformations in the patterns of pedagogy that accompany e-learning—the use of computing devices that mediate or supplement the relationships between learners and teachers—to present and assess learnable content, to provide spaces where students do their work, and to mediate peer-to-peer interactions. Written by the members of the "new learning" research group, this textbook suggests that e-learning ecologies may play a key part in shifting the systems of modern education, even as technology itself is pedagogically neutral. The chapters in this book aim to create an analytical framework with which to differentiate those aspects of educational technology that reproduce old pedagogical relations from those that are genuinely innovative and generative of new kinds of learning. Featuring case studies from elementary schools, colleges, and universities on the practicalities of new learning environments, e-Learning Ecologies elucidates the role of new technologies of knowledge representation and communication in bringing about change to educational institutions.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Conceptualizing e-Learning
Chapter 2: Ubiquitous Learning — Spatio-Temporal Dimensions of e-Learning
Chapter 3: Active Knowledge Making — Epistemic Dimensions of e-Learning
Chapter 4: Multimodal Meaning — Discursive Dimensions of e-Learning
Chapter 5: Recursive Feedback — Evaluative Dimensions of e-Learning
Chapter 6: Collaborative Intelligence — Social Dimensions of e-Learning
Chapter 7: Metacognition — Cognitive Dimensions of e-Learning
Chapter 8: Differentiated Learning — Diversity Dimensions of e-Learning
Bill Cope is Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois, USA. He is Principal Investigator in a series of major projects funded by the Institute of Educational Sciences in the US Department of Education and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation researching and developing multimodal writing and assessment spaces.
Mary Kalantzis is Dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA. She was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Education, Language and Community Services at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, and President of the Australian Council of Deans of Education.