Flexible Learning in an Information Society, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1599043270
  • ISBN-13: 9781599043272
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 354 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released November 2006
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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The information age has brought about many ways for educators to help their students learn, creating an atmosphere where the learners desire flexibility in the way they learn. Modern students expect on-demand, high-quality learning environments that allow them to have more say in what and how they learn.

Flexible Learning in an Information Society uses a flexible learning framework to explain the best ways of creating a meaningful learning environment. This framework consists of eight factors -- institutional, management, technological, pedagogical, ethical, interface design, resource support, and evaluation -- and a systematic understanding of these factors can create successful flexible learning environments. Gathering the knowledge of leading researchers from around the world, Flexible Learning in an Information Society presents a broad understanding of the emerging field of flexible learning and provides guidance in creating these environments.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Flexible Learning in an Information Society: Table of Contents.
1: Flexible Learning in an Open and Distributed Environment.
2: Modes of Openness and Flexibility in Cognitive Flexibility Hypertext Learning Environments.
3: Authentic Learning on the Web: Guidelines for Course Design.
4: Designing Community Learning in Web-Based Environments.
5: Intercultural Collaborative Project-Based Learning in Online Environments.
6: We'll Leave the Light on for You: Keeping Learners Motivated in Online Courses.
7: Humanizing Learning-at-Distance: Best Practice Guidelines for Synchronous Instructors.
8: Storytelling as a Web-Based Workplace Learning Pedagogy.
9: Use of Virtual Exhibits for Promoting Science Learning on the Webs of Science Centers.
10: Flexible Learning: Onsite!.
11: Asynchronous Content Design for Flexible Learning: The Macro and Micro Level of Frameworks to Share Knowledge Online Between Professionals and Community.
12: Online Faculty Proficiency and Peer Coaching.
13: What Do They Learn?.
14: Mobile Learning Technologies.
15: Strategies for Sharing the ReMoTe: Changing the Nature of Online Collaboration.
16: Integrating Multimedia Cues in E-Learning Documents for Enhanced Learning.
17: Interface Design for Web Learning.
18: Improving the Usability of Distance Learning Through Template Modification.
19: Management of the Learning Space.
20: Ethical Issues in Web-Based Learning.
21: Moving Toward the Implementation of Contextualized Educational Technology.
22: Evaluation Strategies for Open and Distributed Learning Environments.
23: Components of Effective Evaluation in Online Learning Environments.
24: Flexible Assessment: Some Tensions and Solutions.
25: Toward a Comprehensive Model of E-Learning Evaluation: The Components.
26: Evaluating Flexible Learning in Terms of Course Quality.
27: Assessing Online Collaborative Learning: A Theory, Methodology, and Toolset.
28: Evaluating the Flexibility of Learning Processes in E-Learning Environments.
29: Obstacles Encountered by Learners, Instructors, Technical Support, and Librarians.
30: A Program Satisfaction Survey Instrument for Online Students.
About the Editor.
About the Authors.