Interactivity in E-Learning: Case Studies and Frameworks
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Interactivity in E-Learning: Case Studies and Frameworks

Haomin Wang (Dakota State University, USA)
Release Date: December, 2011|Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 408
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-441-3
ISBN13: 9781613504413|ISBN10: 1613504411|EISBN13: 9781613504420
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Description:

In the past, interactivity has often been studied from the perspective of a particular subject area. Much effort has been expended on classifying and topologizing interactivity from the perspectives of media studies and information science. However, there is a lack of consolidated effort to relate these studies and to connect theoretical and empirical research with the practice of e-learning.

Interactivity in E-Learning: Case Studies and Frameworks provides a comprehensive examination of interactivity, combining key perspectives from communication and media studies, distributed cognition, system affordances, user control, and social interaction. This new approach offers a holistic view of interactivity, which is useful for researchers working in the fields of communication and media, educational media, e-learning, and instructional technology.

Coverage:

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

  • Authentic Learning in Online Courses
  • Communities of Practice
  • Empowering Digital Learners
  • Individual Differences and Learners’ Performance
  • Interactivity in E-Learning
  • Knowledge Construction in Online Learning
  • Online Community Building
  • Social Interaction
  • Student Authoring Skills
  • Student Engagement
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The current book addresses the issues mentioned above. The first objective of the book is to clarify the concept of interactivity, delineate its scope, and come forth with a definition and description that can be more readily applied to further research and practice in e-learning. The second objective is to propose a pragmatic framework for studying and promoting interactivity in e-learning. The third objective is to present the reader with a holistic view of interactivity, with different perspectives complementing and supplementing each other, providing a basis for conceptually and pragmatically informed design of interactive e-learning environment and boosting further research on interactivity in e-learning.

– Haomin Wang (Dakota State University, USA)
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Haomin Wang is an Associate Professor in the College of Education and Manager of Instructional Technology at Dakota State University. His research interests include media attributes, system affordances, interactivity in e-learning, instructional hypermedia, and database support for Web-based educational applications. He has co-authored Designing and Developing Web-based Instruction published by Pearson Education in 2006 and published a number of book chapters and journal articles. He has presented regularly at national and international conferences, and has conducted numerous seminars, panel discussions, and workshops on instructional technology and e-learning.
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  • Jon Dron, Athabasca University, Canada
  • David Jonassen, University of Missouri, USA
  • Oleg Liber, University of Bolton, UK
  • Shyam Sundar, Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Josie Taylor, Open University, UK
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