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[book cover] The Theory and Practice of Online Learning, second edition

edited by Terry Anderson

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May 2008

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Issues in Distance Education

Education / Education: Distance Education




The Theory and Practice of Online Learning is the winner of the 2009 Charles A. Wedemeyer Award, provided by the University Professional & Continuing Education Association. Click here for more information on their Community of Practice Awards program.

About the Book

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.

About the Author

Terry Anderson is a professor and Canada Research Chair in Distance Education at Athabasca University. He has published extensively in the area of distance education and educational technology.




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

Download1. Foundations of Educational Theory for Online Learning
    Mohamed Ally

Download2. Towards a Theory of Online Learning
    Terry Anderson

Download3. Situating Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) in an Online Learning Environment
    Dianne Conrad

Download4. Understanding e-Learning Technologies-in-Practice through Philosophies-in-Practice
    Heather Kanuka

PART II: Infrastructure and Support for Content Development

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

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

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

Download 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

เกมส์ยิงปลาออนไลน์Download9. Social Software to Support Distance Education Learners
    Terry Anderson

PART III: Design and Development of Online Courses

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

Download11. Value Added – The Editor in Design and Development of Online Courses
      Jan Thiessen & Vincent Ambrock

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

Download13. The Quality Dilemma in Online Education Revisited
      Nancy K. Parker

PART IV: Delivery, Quality Control, and Student Support of Online Courses

Download 14. Teaching in an Online Learning Context
      Terry Anderson

Download15. Call Centres in Distance Education
      Alex Z. Kondra, Colleen Huber, Kerri Michalczuk & Andrew Woudstra

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

Download17. Supporting the Online Learner
      Susan D. Moisey & Judith A. Hughes

Download 18. Developing Team Skills and Accomplishing Team Projects Online
      Deborah Hurst & Janice Thomas


An Interview with Terry Anderson



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