Control and Constraint in E-Learning: Choosing When to Choose, 1st Edition

  • Jon Dron
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  • ISBN-10: 1599043920
  • ISBN-13: 9781599043920
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 340 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released July 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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Every learner is on a trajectory, an individual path that involves choices and decisions about where to go next. The innovative thought of e-learning is reaching astronomical proportions and is becoming processed into these trajectories, usually under some sort of constraint. Control and Constraint in E-Learning: Choosing When to Choose answers the questions on how those constraints operate, how learning can be achieved, and particularly the role of education in that process.

Control and Constraint in E-Learning unifies and synthesizes an assortment of theories about learner control, autonomy, self-direction, adult learning for educationalists, e-learning practitioners and e-learning developers. This ground-breaking research provides a theoretical approach to building computer systems to support adults learning via the Internet, existing e-learning environments and how they should be used, the process of education in general, and also offers something for anyone involved in learning and teaching.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
1: Control and Learning: A Theoretical Background.
2: Introducing Concepts.
3: From Transactional Distance to Transactional Control.
4: Making Choices: The Need for Teachers.
5: All About Constraints.
6: Scale.
7: Transactional Control in Traditional Institutional Learning.
8: E-Learning, Control, and Constraint.
9: Electronic Publication.
10: Finding Good Stuff.
11: Asynchronous Communication.
12: Synchronous Discussion.
13: Integrated Tools and Environments.
14: Designing Better E-Learning Environments.
15: Social Software and E-Learning.
16: Design Principles for Social Software in E-Learning.
17: Social Software in E-Learning: Beyond Blogs and Wikis.
18: Problems with Social Software for E-Learning.
19: Potential Futures of E-Learning.
About the Author.