The Theory and Practice of Online Learning / Edition 2

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In 2004 Athabasca University published one of the first books on online learning to be distributed online, at no cost to the user. The first edition has been downloaded over 80,000 times in its entirety and individual chapters have been used in many online courses. This comprehensively revised second edition brings us up to date with the rapidly evolving world of online learning and includes four new chapters.

Like the first edition, it is a wonderfully perceptive and complete guide to the theory and practice of online learning. Most of the authors are from Athabasca University and their shared experience of developing online learning within that extraordinarily successful open university allows them to analyse online learning for the wider world in an admirably coherent manner.

Starting with a comprehensive summary of relevant educational theory, the book revisits, in a lively way, the great dichotomies that have marked the history of open and distance learning. How should we balance the social and individual aspects of study? What is the right mixture between independent and interactive learning? Should courses be paced for cohorts of students, or unpaced for the benefit of individuals? Succeeding chapters give helpful and well-informed guidance on vital aspects of online learning practice, such as copyright, multimedia editing, supporting asynchronous discussion, library support, and quality assurance.

I am delighted that educators all over the world will be able to enjoy this book at no cost because, in the true academic spirit of an open university, Athabasca has published it as an open access book under a Creative Commons license. The Commonwealth of Learning stronglyencourages this form of publication as a way of bridging the digital divide and thereby helping to bring online learning to all the world's people.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897425084
  • Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Series: Athabasca University
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 484
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Terry Anderson Anderson, Terry 1

Pt. I Role and Function of Theory in Online Education Development and Delivery

1 Foundations of Educational Theory for Online Learning Mohamed Ally Ally, Mohamed 15

2 Towards a Theory of Online Learning Terry Anderson Anderson, Terry 45

3 Situating Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) in an Online Learning Environment Dianne Conrad Conrad, Dianne 75

4 Understanding e-Learning Technologies-in-Practice through Philosophies-in-Practice Heather Kanuka Kanuka, Heather 91

Pt. II Infrastructure and Support for Content Development

5 Developing an Infrastructure for Online Learning Alan Davis Davis, Alan Paul Little Little, Paul Brian Stewart Stewart, Brian 121

6 Technologies of Online Learning (E-learning) Rory McGreal McGreal, Rory Michael Elliott Elliott, Michael 143

7 Characteristics of Interactive Online Learning Media Patrick J. Fahy Fahy, Patrick J. 167

8 "In-Your-Pocket" and "On-the-Fly:" Meeting the Needs of Today's New Generation of Online Learners with Mobile Learning Technology Maureen Hutchison Hutchison, Maureen Tony Tin Tin, Tony Yang Cao Yang, Cao 201

9 Social Software to Support Distance Education Learners Terry Anderson Anderson, Terry 221

Pt. III Design and Development of Online Courses

10 The Development of Online Courses Dean Gallion Gallion, Dean Rodger Graham Graham, Rodger 245

11 Value Added - The Editor in Design and Development of Online Courses Jan Thiessen Thiessen, Jan Vincent Ambrock Ambrock, Vincent 265

12 Making Relevant Financial Decisions about Technology in Education David Annand Annand, David 277

13 The Quality Dilemma in Online Education Revisited Nancy K. ParkerParker, Nancy K. 305

Pt. IV Delivery, Quality Control, and Student Support of Online Courses

14 Teaching in an Online Learning Context Terry Anderson Anderson, Terry 343

15 Call Centres in Distance Education Alex Z. Kondra Kondra, Alex Z. Colleen Huber Huber, Colleen Kerri Michalczuk Michalczuk, Kerri Andrew Woudstra Woudstra, Andrew 367

16 Library Support for e-Learners: e-Resources, e-Services, and the Human Factors Kay Johnson Johnson, Kay Houda Trabelsi Trabelsi, Houda Elaine Fabbro Fabbro, Elaine 397

17 Supporting the Online Learner Susan. D. Moisey Moisey, Susan. D. Judith A. Hughes Hughes, Judith A. 419

18 Developing Team Skills and Accomplishing Team Projects Online Dehorah Hurst Hurst, Dehorah Janice Thomas Thomas, Janice 441

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