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The SAGE Handbook of E-learning Research

The SAGE Handbook of E-learning Research

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560 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The SAGE Handbook of E-Learning Research provides a state-of-the-art, in-depth account of research in the rapidly expanding field of e-learning. The first of its kind, it provides reviews of over 20 areas in e-learning research by experts in the field, and provides a critical account of the best work to date. The contributors cover the basics of the discipline, as well as new theoretical perspectives.

Areas of research covered by the Handbook include:
  • Contexts for researching e-learning
  • Theory and policy
  • Language and literacy
  • Design issues
  • History of the field
The editors' introduction and many of the chapters show how multiple aspects of e-learning interact. The introduction also provides a new model for researching the field. This book is relevant for everyone in higher education, from undergraduate to faculty, as well as university administrators involved in providing e-learning. It will provide a research background for higher education, including universities, training colleges, and community colleges. It will also be relevant to those involved in any research and developmental aspect of e-learning – corporate trainers and those involved in online programs at secondary school or in virtual high schools.

Whether you are a lecturer, researcher, or program designer, this is an essential read.
Richard Andrews and Caroline Haythornthwaite
Introduction to E-learning Research
Starr Roxanne Hiltz, Murray Turoff and Linda Harasim
Development and Philosophy of the Field of Asynchronous Learning Networks
Gail E Hawisher and Cynthia L Selfe
On Computers and Writing
Caroline Haythornthwaite
Digital Divide and E-learning
Angela McFarlane
Learning and Lessons from the World of Games and Play
Christopher Hoadley
Learning Sciences Theories and Methods for E-learning Researchers
Melody M Thompson
From Distance Education to E-learning
Terry Locke
E-learning and the Reshaping of Rhetorical Space
Andrew Whitworth
Researching the Cognitive Cultures of E-learning
Mike Sharples, Josie Taylor and Giasemi Vavoula
A Theory of Learning for the Mobile Age
Naomi Miyake
Computer Supported Collaborative Learning
Virgil E Varvel, Rae-Ann Montague and Leigh S Estabrook
Policy and E-learning
Grainne Conole
An International Comparison of the Realtionship between Policy and Practice in E-learning
Michelle M Kazmer
Community-embedded Learning
Konrad Morgan and Madeleine Morgan
The Challenges of Gender, Age and Personality in E-learning
Janina Brutt-Griffler
Bilingualism and E-learning
Carol A Chapelle
Second Language Learning and Online Communication
Ilana Snyder
Literacy, Learning and Technology Studies
Zhao Yuan
Problems in Researching E-learning: the Case of Computer Assisted Language Learning
Bronwyn Stuckey and Sasha Barab
New Conceptions for Community Design
Wynne Harlen and Susan J Doubler
Researching the Impact of Online Professional Development for Teachers
Ellen Roberts and Jane Lund
Exploring E-learning Community in a Global Postgraduate Programme
Andrew Burn
The Place of Digital Video in the Curriculum

'I would like to enthusiastically recommend The SAGE Handbook of e-Learning Research. An international set of authors have produced a highly readable handbook that covers topics in e-learning research, theory, policy, language and literacy, and design issues. The work draws on multiple perspectives ranging from early work in asynchronous learning networks to community organization in e-learning. This is a large and much needed work that organizes and illuminates issues in e-learning in a way that readers will be able to take away practical advice for their own use. I am quite pleased to see this handbook that provides a very useful organization of knowledge for our field' - John Bourne, Ph.D Professor and Executive Director, The Sloan Consortium (

'This book is an important contribution to the development of e-learning because its account of the research always begins with the context of learning from which the exploitation of technology can be viewed. The authors help us understand that technology affords new kinds of relationship between the learner and what is learned, and how it is learned. With this rich understanding, the book is able to build the wide-ranging research foundation on which the field can move forward' - Diana Laurillard, Institute of Education, University of London

'A comprehensive and compelling resource that provides a global perspective on a development that is transforming higher education' - David Pilsbury, Chief Executive, Worldwide Universities Network

'[T]here are a number of pertinent issues raised within the book that encourage the reader to give greater consideration to the use being made of technology, how it relates to learning and the need for further research' - Education in the North

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Richard Andrews

I focus on research in the fields of language education, argumentation, writing development, multimodality, rhetoric and e-learning. With colleagues I designed the MA in English Education. More About Author

Caroline Haythornthwaite

Areas of ResearchComputer-mediated communication (CMC) and the Internet; information exchange via CMC; online communities; e-learning; social network analysis; collaboration; social informatics; community informatics More About Author

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