Flexible Learning In An Information Society

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The information age has brought about many ways for educators to help their students learn, creating an atmosphere where the learners desire flexibility in the way they learn. Modern students expect on-demand, high-quality learning environments that allow them to have more say in what and how they learn.

Flexible Learning in an Information Society uses a flexible learning framework to explain the best ways of creating a meaningful learning environment. This framework consists of eight factors - institutional, management, technological, pedagogical, ethical, interface design, resource support, and evaluation - and a systematic understanding of these factors can create successful flexible learning environments. Gathering the knowledge of leading researchers from around the world, Flexible Learning in an Information Society presents a broad understanding of the emerging field of flexible learning and provides guidance in creating these environments.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599043258
  • Publisher: IGI Global
  • Publication date: 8/31/2006
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. I Flexible learning in an open and distributed environment 1
Ch. II Modes of openness and flexibility in cognitive flexibility hypertext learning environments 18
Ch. III Authentic learning on the Web : guidelines for course design 26
Ch. IV Designing community learning in Web-based environments 36
Ch. V Intercultural collaborative project-based learning in online environments 50
Ch. VI We'll leave the light on for you : keeping learners motivated in online courses 64
Ch. VII Humanizing learning-at-distance : best practice guidelines for synchronous instructors 77
Ch. VIII Storytelling as a Web-based workplace learning pedagogy 86
Ch. IX Use of virtual exhibits for promoting science learning on the Webs of science centers 99
Ch. X Flexible learning : onsite! 110
Ch. XI Asynchronous content design for flexible learning : the macro and micro level of frameworks to share knowledge online between professionals and community 116
Ch. XII Online faculty proficiency and peer coaching 126
Ch. XIII What do they learn? 135
Ch. XIV Mobile learning technologies 146
Ch. XV Strategies for sharing the ReMoTe : changing the nature of online collaboration 153
Ch. XVI Integrating multimedia cues in e-learning documents for enhanced learning 164
Ch. XVII Interface design for Web learning 178
Ch. XVIII Improving the usability of distance learning through template modification 186
Ch. XIX Management of the learning space 198
Ch. XX Ethical issues in Web-based learning 209
Ch. XXI Moving toward the implementation of contextualized educational technology 218
Ch. XXII Evaluation strategies for open and distributed learning environments 226
Ch. XXIII Components of effective evaluation in online learning environments 236
Ch. XXIV Flexible assessment : some tensions and solutions 247
Ch. XXV Toward a comprehensive model of e-learning evaluation : the components 260
Ch. XXVI Evaluating flexible learning in terms of course quality 272
Ch. XXVII Assessing online collaborative learning : a theory, methodology, and toolset 282
Ch. XXVIII Evaluating the flexibility of learning processes in e-learning environments 294
Ch. XXIX Obstacles encountered by learners, instructors, technical support, and librarians 306
Ch. XXX A program satisfaction survey instrument for online students 320
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