Cases on Formal and Informal E-Learning Environments: Opportunities and Practices

Cases on Formal and Informal E-Learning Environments: Opportunities and Practices

Harrison Hao Yang (State University of New York at Oswego, USA) and Shuyan Wang (The University of Southern Mississippi, USA)
Release Date: July, 2012|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 454
ISBN13: 9781466619302|ISBN10: 1466619309|EISBN13: 9781466619319|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1930-2


Today, the online sphere is no longer just an information repository or a place to search for resources. It has become instead a place supporting both intentional and non-intentional learning. Intentional, formal learning, often leads to certification, whereas informal learning is unstructured and takes place as part of daily work-related or leisure activities.

Cases on Formal and Informal E-Learning Environments: Opportunities and Practices brings together cases outlining the practical aspect of formal, non-formal, and informal online learning. This book introduces conceptual aspects of these types of learning, knowledge-base, new learning paradigms, policy implications, evaluation and concerns, design, and development of online learning.

Topics Covered

  • Blended Learning
  • Collaborative learning environments
  • Computer-Mediated Communication
  • Computer-Supported Group-Based Learning
  • Contextual Learning
  • Distance Education
  • Formal, Non-Formal, and Informal E- Learning
  • Integrative Language and Culture Learning
  • Personal Learning Networks
  • Virtual Learning Environments

Reviews and Testimonials

Yang (curriculum and instruction, Central China Normal U. and State U. of New York at Oswego) and Wang (curriculum, instruction, and special education, U. of Southern Mississippi) collect 19 cases relating practices and research on different formal and informal e-learning environments, for educators, trainers, administrators, and researchers in disciplines from education to instructional technology to computer science. Researchers working in education, technology, and other fields in the US, Europe, Canada, Japan, and Uganda cover network and learning communities, professional and disciplinary implementations, and the pedagogical design and implications of e-learning environments. Specific topics include the use of social media to create personal learning networks and a sense of belonging in off-campus students, connecting first year students to informal and formal learning experiences, an online platform to promote mobility, computer-mediated communication between second language students, blended storytelling with technology in the professional development of police officers, the experiences of homeschooling families with online math instruction, an interactive trivia game for training football referees, digital technology and contextual learning in museums, the use of Web 2.0 tools in a course on the role of gender in models of health care leadership, the use of Twitter chat, and an online theatre learning environment.

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Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Table of Contents
Harrison Hao Yang, Shuyan Wang
Harrison Hao Yang, Shuyan Wang
Chapter 1
Sharon Stoerger
In their personal lives, many students are using social media to create, communicate, and connect with others from around the world. Yet, the... Sample PDF
Making Connections: How Students Use Social Media to Create Personal Learning Networks
Chapter 2
Shalin Hai-Jew
A vibrant community of learners benefits from the well-being and health of all. The connectedness of today’s students through social media presents... Sample PDF
Creating an Emotionally Resilient Virtual and On-Campus Student Community at K-State through the University Life Café: A Case Study about Understanding the Users of a Socio-Technical Space
Chapter 3
Melissa L. Johnson, Laura Pasquini, Michelle R. Rodems
This case study, an honors first year seminar from the University of Florida, USA, demonstrates the benefits and challenges of these developments in... Sample PDF
Connecting First Year Students to Formal and Informal Learning Experiences
Chapter 4
Kine Dorum, Craig Bartle, Martin Pennington
Research has shown that students who live off-campus during the academic year experience greater difficulty with social integration, and are at... Sample PDF
Social Media Encourages Sense of Belonging among Off-Campus University Students
Chapter 5
Maria Elena Aramendia-Muneta, Juan Ramón Galarza-Lanz, Marta Mañas-Larraz
Its main goal is teaching English, German, and Spanish, and gaining knowledge about the country that the project participant intends to visit. The... Sample PDF
e-Bridge to Mobility: A Non-Formal Online Learning European Platform
Chapter 6
Nikleia Eteokleous-Grigoriou
The Mediterranean Youth Technology Club is a bridge building initiative designed to empower and educate youth, providing them with tools that would... Sample PDF
Informal Online Learning through the Mediterranean Youth Technology Club: Think Global, Act Local, Bring Change into a World to Rearrange
Chapter 7
Sergi Roura Planas
Different ways of communication are encouraging the development of a different societal texture where social networking sites, blogs, or other... Sample PDF
Oral Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication between SL Students: A Learning Circle Approach
Chapter 8
Kenneth H. Anderson, William Muirhead
Policing is a storytelling profession. Storytelling is a linguistic medium for the sharing of experiences, values, and culture. Organizations have a... Sample PDF
Blending Storytelling with Technology in the Professional Development of Police Officers
Chapter 9
S. Nihan ER
This study explores the experiences of homeschooling families with online mathematics instruction. It aims to provide useful information for... Sample PDF
Homeschooling Meets Virtual Schools: Students and Parent Perceptions of Online Mathematics Classes
Chapter 10
Pete Smith, Jan Marston
VLS provided a model that supports study in less commonly taught languages at smaller and medium size colleges and universities, and that can also... Sample PDF
Integrative Language and Culture Learning: Connecting Formal and Non-Formal Learning in Virtual Language Studies
Chapter 11
Manuel Armenteros, Anto J. Benítez, Diana-Gabriela Curca
This chapter presents the interactive trivia game developed by the TECMERIN research group in collaboration with the Fédération Internationale de... Sample PDF
Interactive Trivia of Laws of the Game as a Resource for Training FIFA Football Referees
Chapter 12
Nagayuki Saito, Ema Tanaka, Eri Yatsuzuka
Seeking a safer Internet environment for minors, the Japanese government enacted a new law in 2008 to promote both protective measures and... Sample PDF
The Development and Assessment of e-Learning Content to Enhance Information Literacy of Parents and Children in Japan
Chapter 13
Kevin Hsieh
Technology was first implemented in exhibition design and gallery interpretations in the 1950s. Since then, the development and instructional use of... Sample PDF
Museum without Walls: Digital Technology and Contextual Learning in the Museum Environment
Chapter 14
Mary Leigh Morbey, Lourdes Villamor, Maureen Muwanga Senoga, Jane A. Griffith
Web 2.0 is currently pressing how museums represent themselves and educate their patrons. Major Western national museums increasingly desire such... Sample PDF
Participatory Architecture: Web 2.0 Education in the Uganda National Museum
Chapter 15
Annika Maschwitz, Sebastian Vogt, Anke Hanft, Olaf Zawacki-Richter
Based on the “learning by designing” approach, this chapter illustrates how media competence can be developed, what didactic design is necessary... Sample PDF
How Can the Media Competence of Students in University Learning Settings be Developed and Fostered?: A Case of Learning by Designing
Chapter 16
Ann M. York, F. R. Nordengren
The authors, two faculty members with experience in online and blended learning at a Midwestern United States (US) medical school graduate... Sample PDF
E-Learning and Web 2.0 Case Study: The Role of Gender in Contemporary Models of Health Care Leadership
Chapter 17
Goki Miyakita, Yumiko Murai, Takashi Tomine, Keiko Okawa
This chapter proposes a new learning infrastructure of performing arts education called Global Theatre. Global Theatre connects students and... Sample PDF
Designing a New Performing Arts Education through Constructing a Global Theatre
Chapter 18
Betül Czerkawski, Jessica Nadine Hernández
In this case study, a group of graduate students in an Educational Technology Program were surveyed in their use of emerging technologies. The... Sample PDF
Formal, Non-Formal, and Informal E-Learning Experiences with Emerging Technologies: A Case Study of a Graduate Educational Technology Program
Chapter 19
Kevin R. Guidry, Laura Pasquini
This case study focuses on Twitter as an informal learning tool. Specifically, the authors examine user-created Twitter chats using one specific... Sample PDF
Twitter Chat as an Informal Learning Tool: A Case Study using #sachat
About the Contributors

Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Harrison Hao Yang (Ed.D., Florida International Univeristy, 1996) is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at State University of New York at Oswego, USA. His research specialties include assessment and e-folios, distance/flexible education, information literacy, Information Technology diffusion/integration, learning theories, issues and trends on vocational-technical education, and Web/learning communities. Dr. Yang is the recipient of State University of New York (System-wide) Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009, and SUNY Oswego President’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2006.
Shuyan Wang (Ph.D., Ohio University, 2004) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education at The University of Southern Mississippi, USA. Her research interests include technology integration into teaching and learning, technology integration into EFL classroom, distance learning, e-learning, assessment, and electronic portfolios. Dr. Wang has many publications in the format of books, book chapters, and journal articles. She has conducted large number of presentations at local, national, and international conferences.