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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Student engagement with digital learning resources and online social
networking are strong forces in education today. How can these resources best
be utilized by educators and course designers in higher education? This book
aims to provide the reader with enough background information to appreciate the
value of social networking, especially for distributed education. Through
highlighting the most relevant, interesting, and challenging aspects of
e-learning the book provides practical advice for using social networking tools
in course design. This volume covers the following issues of course design
using social networking: key issues of social networking as an educational
technique designing for a distributed environment strengths and weaknesses of
delivering content in various formats: text, audio and video specific media:
blogging, wikis, podcasting, webcasting constraints on course design
implementation, evaluation, induction and training
Illustrated by short descriptive case studies, it also highlights contact
addresses, websites, and further reading to help readers find resources and
enhance their design. This practical guide will help all those involved in the
design and delivery of online learning in higher education make the best
choices when preparing courses for distributed learning.
Robin Mason is Professor of Educational Technology at the Open University
where she is a specialist in the design and practice of online teaching and
Frank Rennie is Professor of Sustainable Rural Development at the UHI
Millennium Institute in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
Please visit the authors’ wiki at: www.socialnetworking.wetpaint.com