Cases on Online Learning Communities and Beyond: Investigations and Applications

Cases on Online Learning Communities and Beyond: Investigations and Applications

Harrison Hao Yang (State University of New York at Oswego, USA) and Shuyan Wang (The University of Southern Mississippi, USA)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: July, 2012|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 501
ISBN13: 9781466619364|ISBN10: 1466619368|EISBN13: 9781466619371|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1936-4


Technology-enriched online settings provide new ways to support lifelong learning. Learners can interact with other learners, gain from their experiences, and then construct their own knowledge, be it through Google Docs, online collaborative communities, YouTube, wikis, or blogs.

Cases on Online Learning Communities and Beyond: Investigations and Applications provides a variety of essential case studies which explore the benefits and pedagogical successes of distance learning, blended learning, collaborative learning environments, computer-supported group-based learning, and professional learning communities. This casebook is an essential resource for educators, instructional designers, trainers, administrators, and researchers working in the areas of online learning and distance learning.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Blended Learning
  • Collaborative learning environments
  • Computer-Supported Group-Based Learning
  • Course Management Systems
  • Digital Literacy
  • Distance Education
  • Lecture Capture Learning Tools
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Social Networks and Web 2.0
  • Teacher Education

Reviews and Testimonials

This book constitutes an impressive reference work for online teaching and learning. Yang and Wang have compiled twenty articles from forty-seven educators and researchers in ten countries, covering topics as diverse as academic integrity in online learning to choosing the best learning management system. Simply the enormity of the information can be intimidating. However, its clear organization and intuitive structure help teachers navigate its pages with relative ease.

– John D. Swope, Ashland Theological Seminary. Teaching Theology and Religion

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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.