The e-Learning Handbook provides a critical reflection on the current state of e-learning with contributions from the world’s foremost e-learning experts and best-selling authors from academe and industry, including Margaret Driscoll; Brent Wilson Lee Christopher; William Horton, L. Wayne Precht, Harvey Singh, Jim Everidge, and Jane Bozarth; Pat Brogan; Patrick Parrish; Marc J. Rosenberg and Steve Forman; Pat McGee; Philip C. Abrami, Gretchen Lowerison, Roger Cote, and Marie-Claude Lavoie; Thomas C. Reeves, Jan Herrington, and Ron Oliver; and Patrick Lambe. The book offers a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the technological, design, economic, evaluation, research, economic, and philosophical issues underlying e-learning. Each chapter includes a chart that summarizes the key take-away points, contains questions that are useful for guiding discussions, and offers suggestions of related links, books, papers, reports, and articles.
PART I: THE CONTEXT FOR E-LEARNING.
1. Thinking Critically to Move e-Learning Forward (Patti Shank).
PART II: THE REALITY VERSUS THE HYPE OF E-LEARNING.
2. Hype Versus Reality in the Boardroom: Why e-Learning Hasn’t Lived Up to Its Initial Projections for Penetrating the Corporate Environment (Margaret Driscoll).
3. Hype Versus Reality on Campus: Why e-Learning Isn’t Likely to Replace a Professor Any Time Soon (Brent G. Wilson and Lee Christopher).
4. Knowledge Management: From the Graveyard of Good Ideas (William Horton).
PART III: TECHNOLOGY ISSUES.
5. Infrastructure for Learning: Options for Today or Screw-Ups for Tomorrow (Patti Shank, L. Wayne Precht, Harvey Singh, Jim Everidge, and Jane Bozarth).
6. E-Learning Standards: A Framework for Enabling the Creation and Distribution of High-Quality, Cost-Effective Web-Delivered Instruction (Pat Brogan).
7. Learning with Objects (Patrick Parrish).
8. Web 2.0 and Beyond: The Changing Needs of Learners, New Tools, and Ways to Learn (Patti Shank).
9. Locked Out: Bridging the Divide Between Training and Information Technology (Marc J. Rosenberg and Steve Foreman).
PART IV: DESIGN ISSUES.
10. A Holistic Framework of Instructional Design for e-Learning (Saul Carliner).
11. Converting e3-Learning to e3-Learning: An Alternative Instructional Design Method (M. David Merrill).
12. Design with the Learning in Mind (Patricia McGee).
PART V: ISSUES OF THEORY AND RESEARCH.
13. Revisiting Learning Theory for e-Learning (Gretchen Lowerison, Roger Cote, Philip C. Abrami, and Marie-Claude Lavoie).
14. Design Research: A Better Approach to Improving Online Learning (Thomas C. Reeves, Jan Herrington, and Ron Oliver).
PART VI: ECONOMIC ISSUES AND MOVING FORWARD.
15. Is e-Learning Economically Viable? (Patrick Lambe).
16. E-Learning: Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reality (Saul Carliner).
Saul Carliner, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the graduate program in educational technology at Concordia University in Montreal. Among his numerous books is Advanced Web-Based Training Strategies from Pfeiffer.
Patti Shank, Ph.D. is the president of Learning Peaks LLC, an internationally known instructional design and instructional technology consulting firm. She is the editor of The Online Learning Idea Book and the coauthor of Making Sense of Online Learning, both from Pfeiffer.