The Theory and Practice of Online Learning

The Theory and Practice of Online Learning, second edition
Edited by Terry Anderson

Athabasca University Press is pleased to announce the publication of the 2nd edition of the Theory and Practice of Online Learning edited by Terry Anderson.

This 2nd edition and its individual chapters continue to be freely available online under a Creative Commons license. The 2nd edition is also available in print for a purchase price of $39.95 Canadian.


2nd Edition now available through AU Press:

May 2008, Softcover
978-1-897425-08-4 (SC)

May 2008, E-Book
978-1-897425-07-7 (e-book)
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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.

Copyright: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. It may be reproduced for non-commercial purposes, provided that the original author is credited.

Table of Contents





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

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

Chapter 2. Towards a Theory of Online Learning
Terry Anderson

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

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

PART II: Infrastructure and Support for Content Development

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

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

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

Chapter 8. "In-Your-Pocket" and "On-the-Fly:" Meeting the Needs of Today’s New Generation of Online Learners
Maureen Hutchison, Tony Tin & Yang Cao

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

PART III: Design and Development of Online Courses

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

Chapter11. Value Added – The Editor in Design and Development of Online Courses
Jan Thiessen & Vincent Ambrock

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

Chapter 13. The Quality Dilemma in Online Education Revisited
Nancy K. Parker

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

Chapter 14. Teaching in an Online Learning Context
Terry Anderson

Chapter 15. Call Centres in Distance Education
Alex Z. Kondra, Colleen Huber, Kerri Michalczuk & Andrew Woudstra

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

Chapter 17. Supporting the Online Learner
Susan D. Moisey & Judith A. Hughes

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


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