Electronic learning or E-learning is a general term used to refer to computer-enhanced learning. It is used interchangeably in so many contexts that it is critical to be clear what one means when one speaks of 'eLearning'. In many respects, it is commonly associated with the field of advanced learning technology (ALT), which deals with both the technologies and associated methodologies in learning using networked and/or multimedia technologies.
By 2003, more than 1.9 million students were participating in on-line learning at institutions of higher education in the United States alone. Many higher education for-profit institutions, now offer on-line classes. By contrast, only about half of private, non-profit schools offer them.The Sloan report, based on a poll of academic leaders, says that students generally appear to be at least as satisfied with their on-line classes as they are with traditional ones. Private institutions may become more involved with on-line presentations as the cost of instituting such a system decreases. Properly trained staff must also be hired to work with students on-line.
These staff members must be able to not only understand the content area, but also be highly trained in the use of the computer and Internet. Online education is increasing dramatically around the world. This book presents the latest research in the field.
Table of Contents:
Web-based Formative Assessment: Issues and Trends
By Tzu-Hua Wang, Department of Education, National Hsinchu University of Education, Taiwan
Assessing Intercultural Competence in E-learning Projects
By Margarita Vinagre, Department of Applied Languages, Nebrija University, Spain
E-learning for All
By Stig Ottosson, Evastina Björk, Sweden, Iceland, Sigrun Thorsteinsdottir, SJÁ ehf., Ingólfsstræti Konráðshús, Reykjavík Iceland and Evastina Björk, NHV, Göteborg, Sweden
Will E-learning Die?
By Mandy Schiefner, University of Zurich and Martin Ebner, TU Graz
Self-regulation in Mathematical E-learning: Effects of Metacognitive Feedback on Transfer Tasks and Self-Efficacy
By Bracha Kramarski, School of Education and Bar-llan University, Israel
Lifelong Learning will be based on E-learning: What is the way to come there?
By Dejan Dinevski, University of Maribor and University of Primorska, Slovenia
Guiding the Design of E-Learning Programs: A Design Framework for Creative Learning Experiences
By Sylvia M. Truman, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, UK
When Collaborative PBL Meets E-learning: How does it Improve the Professional Development of Critical-Thinking Instruction?
ByYu-Chu Yeh, Institute of Teacher Education and Center for Creativity Innovation Studies, National Chengchi University
A methodological approach to develop and evaluate tools for the follow-up analysis of teacher education in e-learning
By Guglielmo Trentin and Elisabetta Vallarino, Institute for Educational Technology, National Research Council, Italy
Experience in E-Learning from BEPI, An Internet Course in Basic Epidemiology for Medical Students and Public Health Training
By Christiane Meier and Ursula Ackermann Liebrich, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine of the University of Basel, Switzerland
The Relevance of Research in Cognitive Neuroscience related to E-Learning
By Norbert Jausovec, Pedagoska Fakulteta, Koroska, Maribor, Slovenia and Ivan Gerlic, University of Maribor
Tailoring and Webcasting for Patient and Student Health Education
By Ray Jones, Health Informatics, University of Plymouth, Inocencio Maramba, University of Plymouth