Emerging Technologies in Distance Education
350 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
27 figures, 7 tables
Release Date:01 Jun 2010

Emerging Technologies in Distance Education

Athabasca University Press

This widely anticipated book harnesses the dispersed knowledge of international experts who highlight pedagogical, organizational, cultural, social, and economic factors that influence the adoption and integration of emerging technologies in distance education. The volume provides expert advice on how educators can launch effective and engaging distance education initiatives in response to technological advancements, changing mindsets, and economic and organizational pressures. Emerging Technologies in Distance Education goes beyond the hype surrounding Web 2.0 technologies and confronts the important issues that researchers and educators need to consider to enhance educational practice.

Dr. George Veletsianos is an assistant professor of instructional technology at the University of Texas. His many presentations and publications on education and instructional technologies can be found at www.veletsianos.com.

Introduction / George Veletsianos

Part 1. Foundations of Emerging Technologies in Distance Education

1.   A Definition of Emerging Technologies for Education / George Veletsianos

2.   Theories for Learning with Emerging Technologies / Terry Anderson

3.   Imagining Multi-Roles in Web 2.0 Distance Education / Elizabeth Wellburn & B.J. Eib

4.   Beyond Distance and Time Constraints: Applying Social Networking Tools and Web 2.0 Approaches in Distance Education / Mark J.W. Lee & Catherine McLoughlin

Part 2. Learning Designs for Emerging Technologies

5.   “Emerging”: A Re-Conceptualization of Contemporary Technology Design and Integration / The Learning Technologies Collaborative

6.   Developing Personal Learning Networks for Open and Social Learning / Alec Couros

7.   Creating a Culture of Community in the Online Classroom Using Artistic Pedagogical Technologies / Beth Perry & Margaret Edwards

8.   Structured Dialogue Embedded within Emerging Technologies / Yiannis Laouris, Gayle Underwood, Romina Laouri, & Aleco Christakis

Part 3. Social, Organizational, and Contextual Factors in Emerging Technologies Implementations

9. Personal Learning Environments / Trey Martindale & Michael Dowdy

10. Learning, Design, and Emergence: Two Case Studies of Moodle in Distance Education / Andrew Whitworth & Angela Benson

11. Institutional Implementation of Wikis in Higher Education: The Case of the Open University of Israel (OUI) / Hagit Meishar-Tal, Yoav Yair, & Edna Tal-Elhasid

12. The Use of Web Analytics in the Design and Evaluation of Distance Education / P. Clint Rogers, Mary R. McEwen, & SaraJoy Pond

13. New Communications Options: A Renaissance in Videoconference Use / Richard Caladine, Trish Andrews, Belinda Tynan, Robyn Smyth, & Deborah Vale

Part 4. Learner-Learner, Learner-Content, and Learner-Instructor Interaction and Communication with Emerging Technologies

14. Using Social Media to Create a Place that Supports Communication / Rita Kop

15. Technical, Pedagogical, and Cultural Considerations for Language Learning in MUVEs / Charles Xiaoxue Wang, Brendan Calandra, & Youngjoo Yi

16. Animated Pedagogical Agents and Immersive Worlds: Two Worlds Colliding / Bob Heller & Mike Procter

Conclusion / George Veletsianos




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