The Theory and Practice of Online Learning

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Terry Anderson
Athabasca University Press, 2008 - Computers - 472 pages
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Neither an academic tome nor a prescriptive 'how to' guide, The Theory and Practice of Online Learning is an illuminating collection of essays by practitioners and scholars active in the complex field of distance education. Distance education has evolved significantly in its 150 years of existence. For most of this time, it was an individual pursuit defined by infrequent postal communication. But recently, three more developmental generations have emerged, supported by television and radio, teleconferencing, and computer conferencing. The early 21st century has produced a fifth generation, based on autonomous agents and intelligent, database-assisted learning, that has been referred to as Web 2.0. The second edition of "The Theory and Practice of Online Learning" features updates in each chapter, plus four new chapters on current distance education issues such as connectivism and social software innovations.
  

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I am writing a masters thesis related to online learning. I have been struggling to find a summary and overview of everything that is out there, related to online learning. This book gives me a lot of references to look at. I found it very helpful, and very informative. Its kind off scholary, but I also found it very readable. One of the best books I have read on Online Learning and on Learning in general. Thanks Terry for writing a great book. 

Contents

Understanding eLearning TechnologiesinPractice through
91
Infrastructure and Support for Content Development
121
Technologies of Online Learning Elearning
143
Characteristics of Interactive Online Learning Media
167
Meeting the Needs
201
Social Software to Support Distance Education Learners
221
Design and Development of Online Courses
245
Value Added The Editor in Design and Development
265
Making Relevant Financial Decisions about Technology
277
The Quality Dilemma in Online Education Revisited
305
Teaching in an Online Learning Context
343
Call Centres in Distance Education
367
eResources eServices
397
Supporting the Online Learner
419
Developing Team Skills and Accomplishing
441
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Terry Anderson is a professor and Canada ResearchChair in Distance Education at Athabasca University. He has publishedextensively in the area of distance education and educationaltechnology.

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