Individual and collaborative approaches in e-learning design

Abel Usoro, Grzegorz Majewski, Len Bloom

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There is no doubt that e-learning is not all about technology but includes the human aspect which is often neglected in studies of e-learning. This chapter addresses the interface between technology and the learner by using cognitive psychology to discuss learning processes in formal and informal groups, investigate how to create competent learning groups, and how to design e-learning to facilitate optimal learning by an individual in a group setting. The chapter proposes an e-learning design based on a blend of cognitive and activity theories. It also presents a pilot empirical study that measured the value of e-learning from four constructs derived from the theories. The result of the study suggests that pure virtual learning environments may not always be the best option as some users require some physical contact. While e-learning may fill many gaps, it should be perceived as a tool that needs to be attended with emotional and social contact.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAffective, Interactive and Cognitive Methods for E-Learning Design: Creating an Optimal Education Experience
Subtitle of host publicationCreating an Optimal Education Experience
PublisherIdea Group Inc
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978 1 60566 941 0
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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