E-Learning in the 21st Century: A Framework for Research and Practice

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Taylor & Francis, 2011 - Education - 184 pages
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The second edition of E-Learning in the 21st Century provides a coherent, comprehensive, and empirically-based framework for understanding e-learning in higher education. Garrison draws on his decades of experience and extensive research in the field to explore the technological, pedagogical, and organizational implications of e-learning. Most importantly, he provides practical models that educators can use to realize the full potential of e-learning. This book is unique in that it focuses less on the long list of ever-evolving technologies and more on the search for an understanding of these technologies from an educational perspective.

The second edition has been fully revised and updated throughout and includes discussions of social media and mobile learning applications as well as other emerging technologies in today’s classrooms. This book is an invaluable resource for courses on e-learning in higher education as well as for researchers, practitioners and senior administrators looking for guidance on how to successfully adopt e-learning in their institutions.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 Theoretical Foundations
9
Chapter 3 Community of Inquiry
19
Chapter 4 Social Presence
30
Chapter 5 Cognitive Presence
42
Chapter 6 Teaching Presence
54
Chapter 7 Instructional Technologies
65
Chapter 8 Blended Learning
75
Chapter 9 Guidelines for Practice
83
Chapter 10 Assessment and Evaluation
100
Chapter 11 Organizational Issues
113
Chapter 12 Future Directions
123
Developing a Community of Inquiry Instrument Testing a Measure of the Community of Inquiry Framework using a Multiinstitutional Sample
133
References
144
Index
155
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Dr. D. Randy Garrison is the Director of the Teaching & Learning Centre and a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary. He is the author of eight books, including Blended Learning in Higher Education (2008) and An Introduction to Distance Education: Understanding Teaching and Learning in a New Era (2010). Dr. Garrison was the recipient of the 2009 Sloan-C Award for Most Outstanding Achievement in Online Learning by an Individual.

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