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The Theory and Practice of Online Learning, Second Edition

Every chapter in the widely distributed first edition has been updated, and four new chapters on current issues such as connectivism and social software innovations have been added. Essays by practitioners and scholars active in the complex, diverse, and rapidly evolving field of distance education blend scholarship and research; practical attention to the details of teaching and learning; and mindful attention to the economics of the business of education.

Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION / Terry Anderson

PART I: Role and Function of Theory in Online Education Development and Delivery

1. Foundations of Educational Theory for Online Learning / Mohamed Ally

2. Towards a Theory of Online Learning / Terry Anderson

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

4. Understanding e-Learning Technologies-in-Practice through Philosophies-in-Practice / Heather Kanuka

PART II: Infrastructure and Support for Content Development

5. Developing an Infrastructure for Online Learning / Alan Davis, Paul Little & Brian Stewart

6. Technologies of Online Learning (E-learning) / Rory McGreal & Michael Elliott

7. Characteristics of Interactive Online Learning Media / Patrick. J. Fahy

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, Tony Tin & Yang Cao

9. Social Software to Support Distance Education Learners / Terry Anderson

PART III: Design and Development of Online Courses

10. The Development of Online Courses / Dean Caplan & Rodger Graham

11. Value Added – The Editor in Design and Development of Online Courses / Jan Thiessen & Vincent Ambrock

12. Making Relevant Financial Decisions about Technology in Education / David Annand

13. The Quality Dil

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