Interactive Online Education

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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.

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'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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415357425
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Series: Open and Flexible Learning Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures     ix
List of tables     xi
List of contributors     xii
Series editor's foreword     xiv
Acknowledgements     xvi
Introduction     1
Theoretical and pedagogical perspectives     7
Theoretical perspectives on interactivity in e-learning   Terry Mayes     9
Encounter theory: a model to enhance online communication, interaction and engagement   Rod Sims   John Hedberg     27
Analysing and designing e-learning interactions   Atsusi Hirumi     46
Design and learning environment     73
Designing interaction as a dialogue game: linking social and conceptual dimensions of the learning process   Andrew Ravenscroft   Simon McAlister     75
A model of authentic activities for online learning   Jan Herrington   Thomas C. Reeves   Ron Oliver     91
Learning designs, learner interactions and learning objects   Sue Bennett   Lori Lockyer   Barry Harper     104
Methods of learning in simulation environments   Rik Min     117
Practice     139
Interaction in learning and teaching on the Educational Semantic Web   Terry Anderson     141
Interactions in online discussions: a pedagogical perspective   Sanjaya Mishra   Charles Juwah     156
Interactions in online peer learning   Charles Juwah     171
Interactions in teaching by videoconferencing   Wolfgang Greller     191
Professional development     205
Professional development of online facilitators in enhancing interactions and engagement: a framework   Santosh Panda   Charles Juwah     207
Developing competencies for online and distance education teaching   Ramesh C. Sharma   Charles Juwah     228
Conclusion   Charles Juwah     247
Index     252
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