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Learning Theory and Online Technology [Kindle Edition]

Linda Harasim
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This book offers a powerful overview of the current state of e-learning, a foundation of its historical roots and growth, and a framework for distinguishing among the major approaches to e-learning.

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Linda Harasim is a professor in the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1691 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (22 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073V0ZOA
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Harasim (2012), professor at the Simon Fraser University, Canada, offers an overview on the main learning theories, the application and relationship with online technologies. Furthermore, offers an introduction to a theory of learning that would suite the 21st century, pedagogy of online education, and a variety of examples. This book will be of interest to educators who seek an introduction to educational theory and practical perspectives of online learning.

The majority of the chapters set out to discuss the interrelationship between learning theories and online technologies, the remaining chapters offer a string of examples of the pedagogical application and institutional embedment.

The first chapter outlines the theoretical structure of a learning theory, including an epistemological discussion on what we understand by knowledge and learning, presents the three main 20th century `classic' learning theories, behaviourism, cognitivism and constructivism, and to Harasim's Online Collaborative Learning theory (OCL). The second chapter offers a historic, overview on the evolving learning capabilities of mankind, discussing the relevance and impact of the `paradigms' speech, writing, printing and internet for learning, on the same footing. The three succeeding chapters provide more detail on each of the three classic learning theories, outlines their strength and weaknesses within the educational setting and provides examples how online technologies could support and or be applied within each of the learning frameworks. According to Harasim (2012), none of the 20th century theories is capable of accommodating the profound changes that the internet has brought for teaching and learning, which requires the development of a new learning theory.
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I have been involved in teaching as well as developing content for on line learning for the last ten years. I possess almost all books on related subjects in my personal library. Some of these books deals with theories of learning while others discuss related technologies. There are very few books which connects theory with technology. Linda has done an excellent job in providing a very powerful foundation of theory but at the same time created a sound base of required technologies. Now I can use one book as a text for my students in teaching my course: "addressing problems of learning through pedagogy and technology". I was impressed by her style of writing which I think would be very helpful for students to get a panoramic picture of where we were and where we would like to go in the near or far future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars online technologies and learning - state of the art 17 Dec 2011
By sarah kliachko - Published on Amazon.com
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The book starts from basics - theories of learning, and gives a well written and a comprehensive review on online learning in light of the presented theories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars DE Learning 28 Feb 2013
By Cheryl Tyiska - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good textbook for anyone interested in how traditional (and new) learning theories are impacted by online learning technologies. It is clear, current, relevant and readable. Good for current and prospective teachers and DE specialists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Book 29 Dec 2013
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Rather dry reading at times, but I'm new to the education field and this subject isn't my typical reading fare. I'm returning to college next month for a second masters degree (MEd. in Instructional Technology) and my other degree is not education or technology related. This book has been a good primer before taking my first course in pedagogy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A practical approach to theory in online teaching 10 Feb 2014
By Anthony W. Bates - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is essential reading for anyone teaching online, especially those with no background in educational theory. The psychologist, Kurt Lewin, once said: ‘There is nothing so practical as a good theory.’ This holds true particularly when entering a new field of activity, such as online learning. Theories are like a torch or a map which can help you through difficult and unexplored terrain.

What is valuable for practicing teachers is that Harasim offers an approach to teaching online that is distinctly different from moving a face-to-face classroom online, and is also different from an up-front, instructionally designed course. Her theory also emphasises the importance of ensuring that knowledge is constructed and advanced, and that the language and fundamentals of a discipline are learned and applied. The theory is supported by examples and cases....

This book is well written, easy to read, and we need good theory to support our teaching decisions. This book offers an important contribution to the debate on online teaching and I highly recommend it.

For my full review of this book, see: http://www.tonybates.ca/2012/01/16/book-review-learning-theory-and-online-technologies/#sthash.f9EY8f6A.dpuf
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5.0 out of 5 stars Linda Harasim: e-learning's supreme leader, inspirer, convener, connecter, visionary, and ambassador... 7 Feb 2014
By Curtis J. Bonk - Published on Amazon.com
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It was three decades ago back in 1985 when Linda Harasim taught the first online course when at the University of Toronto. This leadership was by design not happenstance or because someone twisted her arm to do so (as all-too-often happens). In fact, Linda spent 1983-1989 building up the field of pedagogy of online collaborative learning (OCL) before heading off to Vancouver. Who else can claim that history? I had the privilege of working with her for a bit there at Simon Fraser U (SFU) back in the fall of 1998 when on sabbatical. The research team she had assembled as CEO of the TeleLearning Network of Centre of Excellence (TL*NCE) in Canada was phenomenal. Many remain my friends today.

It was more than two decades ago when I bought her groundbreaking book, "Online Education: Perspectives on a New Environment" (1990). This book and that early online class of hers back in 1985 where, in effect, seminal moments in the field of online teaching and learning. There was no crowdsourcing back then--but indeed, Linda was our "Kickstarter" and the crowd all of us sourced around for her every movement and word that she penned. Her writings were our fuel for many a late night discussion in graduate classes in the 1990s and on into the 2000s. She was our tireless, devoted, and fearless leader at innumerable conferences, summits, and institutes...the voice that spoke with much more depth of experience and wisdom than anyone else. She was and is our online learning torchbearer, pathfinder, and pioneer.

It was 1995, when I sat next to her at the first Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) conference here in Bloomington, Indiana. Between one of the sessions, I told her how fascinating her newest book was, "Global Networks" (1993, MIT Press). This was an edited book rich with fascinating, global stories about connecting the people of this planet with new hope for accessing education in ways never before possible. It is nearly two decades later (here in the land of 2014) and most people are first appreciating and realizing those dreams about global perspectives through Web-based videoconferencing, asynchronous discussions, social media, flipped classrooms, MOOCs, etc.

During the CSCL conference back in 1995, Linda alerted me to a new book that she and 3 colleagues had just completed, "Learning Networks: A Field Guide to Teaching and Learning Online (1995, MIT Press)." This book is rich with ideas about teaching and learning online that are still highly relevant today. And she has other books like Shift Happens (yes, I said "Shift" with an "f" not...). I could go on and on but it's time to "shift" to the present book. The one you can buy here on Amazon if you like.

I was fortunate to visit Vancouver for a conference and have lunch with Linda back in May 2012 when this new book first came out. I bought 2 copies and got her to sign both. I am sure that she would sign one for you too if you visited. So why should you acquire her latest book project, Learning Theory and Online Technologies, (2012, Routledge Press). Here are 4 reasons to do so: 1. She is the only person with three decades of online learning experience (there are 1,000's of make-believe e-learning pundits, but there is only one true leader and visionary--namely, Linda Harasim); 2. Linda is an excellent writer. She can quickly spot and make sense of emerging technology trends before others do. And such visions are reflected in this book; 3. Learning theory books are too often devoid of technology related ideas and content. Yet, it is the merging of theory and online technology which offer some of the most novel and hopeful ideas for the transformation of education. We need both--nature (technology) and nurture (pedagogy and sound theory). This book is the natural extension of the field the psychology of learning. There are many old books in the field of learning theories that professors use in their master's and doctoral courses that are in need of a serious update. Why not change to one that is current like this one? 4. In effect, you get 2 books for the price of one: a learning theories book and a book about online learning technologies. And this is not a massive tome, but, instead it is very manageable is size and will fit inside a small space or compartment for a plane trip or drive to the beach. You will undoubtedly enjoy reading it over chatting away with someone sitting on the seat or on sand castle next to you.

Shift happens. It is time for the field of the psychology of learning to embrace the online learning movement and help college students, instructional designers, educators, politicians, technology leaders, and others make sense of both. This book will enable that to happen.
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