Includes 18 Titles

Virtual Learning Environments

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Through the use of online course delivery systems, the concept of online education has become more familiar to educators. This extensive book bundle of 18 scholarly titles covers topics on education technology, virtual learning environments, adult learning, distance education, and much more. It is an excellent resource for educators who aspire to incorporate an online element to their learning environment.
Release date: May 1, 2012
ISBN13: 9781466616639|EISBN13: 9781466616622

Description

With teaching and learning tools designed to enhance students' learning experience, online education has become more common in the classroom environment.

The Virtual Learning Environments book bundle is a valuable set of 18 scholarly titles covering topics on education technology, virtual learning environments, adult learning, distance education, and much more. These titles embody IGI Global's wide-ranging coverage on the rapidly evolving field of virtual learning environments in the contemporary classroom.

Topics Covered

  • Virtual Learning Environments

Books Included in this Collection

Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces in Higher Education: Concepts for the Modern Learning Environment
Mike Keppell (Charles Sturt University, Australia), Kay Souter (LaTrobe University, Australia), Matthew Riddle (LaTrobe University, Australia). © 2012. 358 pages.
Higher education is facing a renaissance in terms of its approaches to teaching and learning and the use of physical and virtual spaces. Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces in Higher Education: Concepts for the Modern Learning Environment documents real-world experiences of innovators in higher...
Virtual Immersive and 3D Learning Spaces: Emerging Technologies and Trends
Shalin Hai-Jew (Kansas State University, USA). © 2011. 412 pages.
Immersive learning has grown in popularity with the development of open-source immersive 3D learning spaces. Those in e-learning have been working to find ways to capitalize on immersive learning through simulations, digital kiosks, live virtual events, live interactivity, instructor-facilitated...
Teaching through Multi-User Virtual Environments: Applying Dynamic Elements to the Modern Classroom
Giovanni Vincenti (Towson University, USA), James Braman (Towson University, USA). © 2011. 588 pages.
In the last few years, educators have become familiar with the concept of online education through the use of tools such as “Blackboard,” “WebCT,” and other online course delivery systems. Teaching through Multi-User Virtual Environments: Applying Dynamic Elements to the Modern Classroom highlights the...
Multi-User Virtual Environments for the Classroom: Practical Approaches to Teaching in Virtual Worlds
Giovanni Vincenti (Towson University, USA), James Braman (Towson University, USA). © 2011. 530 pages.
The future success of education depends on technological and pedagogical innovation. Unbridled by the physical constraints of both time and space, virtual spaces transcend many limitations of the typical classroom, where learning depends on presence and physicality. Multi-User Virtual Environments for...
Cases on Collaboration in Virtual Learning Environments: Processes and Interactions
Donna Russell (University of Missouri at Kansas City, USA). © 2010. 400 pages.
As emerging technologies increase the potential for constructivist learning processes and responses, it is critical that educational researchers, instructional designers, cognitive scientists, and information scientists become more aware of advances in these correlating fields. Cases on Collaboration...
Collective Intelligence and E-Learning 2.0: Implications of Web-Based Communities and Networking
Harrison Hao Yang (State University of New York, USA), Steve Chi-Yin Yuen (University of Southern Mississippi, USA). © 2010. 374 pages.
With the advent of Web 2.0, e-learning has the potential to become far more personal, social, and flexible. Collective Intelligence and E-Learning 2.0: Implications of Web-Based Communities and Networking provides a valuable reference to the latest advancements in the area of educational technology and...
Interaction in Communication Technologies and Virtual Learning Environments: Human Factors
Angela T. Ragusa (Charles Sturt University, Australia). © 2010. 426 pages.
Changes in the availability, quality, and quantity of communication technologies are revolutionizing and fundamentally altering how individuals and organizations interact, communicate, and work. Interaction in Communication Technologies and Virtual Learning Environments: Human Factors examines the...
Technology-Supported Environments for Personalized Learning: Methods and Case Studies
John O'Donoghue (University of Central Lancashire, UK). © 2010. 538 pages.
Responding to the specific needs of each student, personalized learning has the potential to refocus education on the individual rather than the institution. Technology-Supported Environments for Personalized Learning: Methods and Case Studies explores the metaphor of anytime and anywhere individual...
Cases on Interactive Technology Environments and Transnational Collaboration: Concerns and Perspectives
Siran Mukerji (IGNOU, India), Purnendu Tripathi (IGNOU, India). © 2010. 452 pages.
Technology is essential for access to learning and development of a knowledge society. Cases on Interactive Technology Environments and Transnational Collaboration: Concerns and Perspectives provides a comparative and comprehensive analysis of technologically enabled educational environments and...
Technologies and Practices for Constructing Knowledge in Online Environments: Advancements in Learning
Bernhard Ertl (Universitat der Bundeswehr Munchen, Germany). © 2010. 280 pages.
Learning scenarios have benefited greatly from technology through tools such as Internet collaboration, information access, and social networking. However, it is not technology itself that provides the learning; it is also dependent on the different environmental factors and how those factors such as...
Institutional Transformation through Best Practices in Virtual Campus Development: Advancing E-Learning Policies
Mark Stansfield (University of the West of Scotland, UK), Thomas Connolly (University of the West of Scotland, UK). © 2009. 354 pages.
The Internet has had a monumental impact upon higher education with the development of e-learning and virtual campus initiatives. This has provided significant opportunities in terms of enhanced access to courses, knowledge, learning experiences, and information for a wide range of different learners...
Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning: Best Practices and Principles for Instructors
Kara L. Orvis (Aptima Inc., USA), Andrea L.R. Lassiter (Minnesota State University, USA). © 2008. 352 pages.
Decades of research have shown that student collaboration in groups doesn't just happen; rather it needs to be a deliberate process facilitated by the instructor. Promoting collaboration in virtual learning environments presents a variety of challenges. Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning...
Managing Learning in Virtual Settings: The Role of Context
Antonio Dias de Figueiredo (University of Coimbra, Portugal), Ana Paula Afonso (University of Coimbra, Portugal). © 2006. 333 pages.
Managing Learning In Virtual Settings: The Role Of Context discusses the basis for the development and management of learning contexts, with contributions from many diverse domains. It stresses the dimension of context in a world dominated by a focus on the dimension of content while explaining the...
Designing Distributed Learning Environments with Intelligent Software Agents
Fuhua Lin (Athabasca University, Canada). © 2005. 330 pages.
Designing Distributed Learning Environments with Intelligent Software Agents reports on the most recent advances in agent technologies for distributed learning. Chapters are devoted to the various aspects of intelligent software agents in distributed learning, including the methodological and technical...
Interactive Multimedia in Education and Training
Sanjaya Mishra (Indira Gandhi National Open University, India), Ramesh C. Sharma (Indira Gandhi National Open University, India). © 2005. 434 pages.
Interactive Multimedia in Education and Training emerges out of the need to share information and knowledge on the research and practices of using multimedia in various educational settings. The book discusses issues related to planning, designing and development of interactive multimedia in a...
Development and Management of Virtual Schools: Issues and Trends
Catherine Cavanaugh (University of North Florida, USA). © 2004. 292 pages.
Virtual schools are a result of widespread changes in knowledge about learning, in available technology and in society. Virtual schooling is growing in popularity and will continue to attract students because of the benefits it offers over traditional schooling. Stakeholders in virtual schools need...
Online Collaborative Learning: Theory and Practice
Tim S. Roberts (Central Queensland University, Australia). © 2004. 336 pages.
Online Collaborative Learning: Theory and Practice provides a resource for researchers and practitioners in the area of online collaborative learning (also known as CSCL, computer-supported collaborative learning), particularly those working within a tertiary education environment. It includes articles...
The Knowledge Medium: Designing Effective  Computer-Based Educational Learning Environments
Gary A. Berg (California State University, USA). © 2003. 280 pages.
This timely new publication examines the notion of computer as medium and what such an idea might mean for education. The Knowledge Medium: Designing Effective Computer-Based Educational Learning Environments suggests that the understanding of computers as a medium may be a key to re-envisioning...