A Brief History of eLearning

A Brief History of eLearning

Terry T. Kidd (Texas A&M University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-830-7.ch004
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The purpose of this chapter is to explore prior research associated with the history of eLearning. While issues related to the eLearning, technology and innovation adoption, the online environment, the role of faculty in online environments, and preparing faculty for online instruction are important, it is prudent to examine the history of this innovation in order to chart the future of such practices.
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Investigation into faculty adoption of eLearning for the purpose of quality teaching and its implications for training and faculty development, policy, and leadership, not only draws upon academic foundations, but also advances practice aimed to explore the technical, cognitive, and aesthetic basis of signifying human interaction as mediated by technology. This chapter will center upon several interrelated topics to explore the historical developments of eLearning.

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