Theory/Practice: Online Learning

electronic_book_iconTheory and Practice of Online Learning, edited by Terry Anderson and Fathi Elloumi, is concerned with assisting providers of online education with useful tools to carry out the teaching and learning transactions online. It presents, in an easily readable form, the theory, administration, tools, and methods of designing and delivering learning online. By doing so, the authors bring to the teaching community a valuable product which should go a long way in popularizing the use of the learning technologies. Education, more than any other human endeavor, should be a real and lasting beneficiary of the ICT revolution. However the potential of this revolution can only be realized if those engaged in delivering education are knowledgeable, skilled, and able to apply these technologies effectively and efficiently. Despite the loud rhetoric of recent times, the uptake of learning technologies by the educational community is rather slow, reflecting partly the low levels of investment, in money and time, in the training of educational workers by individuals and their institutions, as well as the paucity of training materials on the subject. This publication, with its clarity and detail, greatly enhances our knowledge of the issues and our skills in addressing them.”

Raj Dhanarajan, President Commonwealth of Learning