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Concepts and Practice

May 2006 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
e-Learning is now an essential component of education. Globalization, the proliferation of information available on the Internet and the importance of knowledge-based economies have added a whole new dimension to teaching and learning. As more tutors, students and trainees, and institutions adopt online learning there is a need for resources that will examine and inform this field.

Using examples from around the world, the authors of e-Learning: Concepts and Practices provide an in-depth examination of past, present and future e-learning approaches, and explore the implications of applying e-learning in practice.

Topics include:

- educational evolution

- enriching the learning experience

- learner empowerment

- design concepts and considerations

- creation of e-communities

- communal constructivism

This book is essential reading for anyone involved in technology enhanced learning systems, whether an expert or coming new to the area. It will be of particular relevance to those involved in teaching or studying for information technology in education degrees, in training through e-learning courses and with developing e-learning resources.

Bryn Holmes is an assistant professor in Education at Concordia University, Montreal and director of an Internet company, Inishnet, which offers research and consultancy in online education.

John Gardner is a professor of education at Queen's University, Belfast and his main research areas include policy and practice in information and communications technology in education.

Enter e-Learning
A Potted History of e-Learning
An Educational Revolution

e-Learning Theory
Communal Constructivism

e-Learning Design
Concepts and Considerations

Empowered Learners
Powerful Tools for Learning

Learner Emancipation

Endless Development?


An excellent read related to the different types of learning approaches using technology.

Mrs Sharon Tonner
Primary Education, Dundee University
March 7, 2012

A super book which you are able to dip in and dip out of. This book is ideal for any course which incorporates ICT/E-learning into the curriculum. Some interesting chapters about e-learning theories and suggestions for further research. I found it especially useful for the PGCE and BAHonours in Education programmes. Well recommended.

Mrs Ruth Baxter
Education , Blackburn College
January 23, 2012

This book has been written in a way that anyone new to e-learning can understand what it’s all about. The ‘boxes’ with activities and websites to view are really useful – they help bring the concepts to life and put theory into practice. The text is a decent size and there is plenty of white space on the page which makes the reading of the chapters comfortable. The inclusion of theories is a bonus and not too off-putting. This book will be a bonus to all our trainee teachers who will be using e-learning in their practice.

Ms Ann Gravells
Teacher Training, Bishop Burton College
January 13, 2012

I found this to be a most useful text that I would recommend as supplementary material for DTLLS students. It would be of particular use for the Level 5 Option Unit on Resources.

I very much liked Chapter 5 - theory of e-learning, I thought this would be of use to DTLLS students for Unit 5 - personal and professional development.

The activity boxes for each Chapter were of relevance however, there is a risk that these will go out of date quickly as the web changes.

Overall the book was clearly set out and accessible for all trainee teachers.

Thank you

Mrs Lorna Page
Teacher Training, Lincoln College
November 28, 2011

This is a useful supplementary text for trainees wishing to get to grips with aspects of e-learning. It is clearly written and accessible.

Ms Elicia Lewis
Cass School of Education, University of East London
November 14, 2011

I am recommending the newer e-earning book.

Mrs Maryke Mihai
Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria
September 2, 2011

I ordered the book for my students this year, but found it a little bit too wide, therefore viewing the next e-learning book to see if I want to change it for next year.

Mrs Maryke Mihai
Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria
July 19, 2011

This is a lovely simple text which explains a range of aspects on e-learning which i had been unable to find previously. This is great for learners looking at ICT and lecturers undertaking their PGCE.

Mr David Corry-Bass
CCLD / H&SC , South Leicestershire College
April 12, 2011

Useful text to support understanding for students with useful exercises to test developing skills.

Mrs Michelle Rogers
Centre for Early Childhood, University of Worcester
November 5, 2010

A very good text book looking at E-Learning in education and the many applications of this

Mrs Jane Wood
Vocational Education , Edge Hill University
February 17, 2010

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