Case Studies on Learners and Instructors in an E-Learning Ecosystems
Vive Kumar (Simon Fraser University, Canada), Chris Groeneboer (Simon Fraser University, Canada), Stephanie Chu (Simon Fraser University, Canada), Dianne Jamieson-Noel (Simon Fraser University, Canada) and Cindy Xin (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
Copyright: © 2007
E-Learning aims to enrich learning by blending traditional and innovative learning models; conceptualizing courseware in multiple media; standardizing interoperable content representation; personalizing learning experiences to custom learning devices; integrating administrative functionalities with other academic units; and not the least, ensuring the quality of learning. Such a multifaceted ideology is construed as a learning ecosystem where knowledge is constructed, analyzed, and disseminated among members of the ecosystem. A learning ecosystem characterized by the interactions and the flow of information across activities related to learning. Such an E-Learning ecosystem would naturally include populations of learners, researchers, instructors, administrators, and technologists, among others, playing a variety of roles in an institutional setup. In this chapter, we present a number of case studies and their interrelations within an E-Learning ecosystem in higher education. The case studies are presented under two subsystems: learner subsystem and instructor subsystem.