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Towards a pedagogically sound research framework for e-learning in higher education

This paper examines the use and application of e-learning in the Higher Education (HE) domain. In particular it takes a fresh look at the pedagogical issues and broader research issues surrounding the implementation of e-learning into HE. It summarises current issues relating to e-learning research. A core component of this paper lies in exploring the relationship between e-learning and pedagogy.
The area of pedagogy is introduced and its relevance to the field of e-learning examined. In summary, the paper endeavors to determine whether or not current e-learning research is sensitive of incorporating a pedagogical approach in the designing/implementing phases of e-learning applications. It is hoped to throw light on the question whether or not there is a gap between e-learning and pedagogy and if it is being bridged? Finally, this paper culminates in a pedagogically constructed model for e-learning designed by the author.

Article originally published in: Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2006, Chesapeake, VA, AACE, pp. 1708-1715. Reprinted with permission.

V-learning: how gaming and avatars are engaging online studenys

The article describes how avatars in Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) can contribute to the learning experience by giving students a sense of social presence, and investment in the learning community, that may otherwise be difficult to access. VLEs have the potential to become the next generation of instructional tools for online learning. By allowing students to simulate the campus experience online, VLEs offer rich, flexible class environments, without compromising their reach to diverse students desiring online courses. Describing studies carried out in the WolfDen VLE, the authors examine how gaming and avatars are engaging online students, and the role personality may play in a student`s selection of an avatar.

Article originally published in ‘Innovate’, V.4, n.3. http://innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=485&action=synopsis/ Reprinted with permission of the publisher, The Fisher School of Education and Human Services at Nova Southeastern University.

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