Education for a Digital World

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Education for a Digital World: Advice, Guidelines, and Effective Practice from Around the Globe
by Commonwealth of Learning, Sandy Hirtz and David G. Harper.
Co-published by BCcampus and Commonwealth of Learning, 2008

"Our time is a time for crossing barriers, for erasing old categories - for probing around."

- Marshall McLuhan

Digital information technologies are transforming the way we work, learn, and communicate. Within this digital revolution are new learning approaches that transform hierarchical, industrial-based models of teaching and learning.

The creation of this book employed the very principles it espouses. It embodied a forming relationships model, and the sharing of ideas to produce new thinking model. A unique interactive, collaborative research model based on the formation of online relationships among 50 contributors from around the world representing research, administration and business communities. The development of the book demonstrates the powerful opportunity afforded by online technologies in this digital revolution era.

Education for a Digital World contains a comprehensive collection of proven strategies and tools for effective online teaching, based on the principles of learning as a social process. It offers practical, contemporary guidance to support e-learning decision-making, instructional choices, as well as program and course planning, and development.

Practical advice, real-life examples, case studies, and useful resources supply in-depth perspectives about structuring and fostering socially engaging learning in an online environment. A plethora of e-learning topics provide insights, ideas, and usable tools. Tips and evidence-based theory guide administrators, program and course developers, project teams, and teachers through the development of online learning opportunities.

Education for a Digital World is an indispensable guide, resource, textbook and manual for policymakers and practitioners in developing and developed countries.

The book is comprised of five parts:

  • Part 1: The Impact of Instructional Technologies
  • Part 2: Preparing Online Courses
  • Part 3: Implementing Technology
  • Part 4: E-learning in Action
  • Part 5: Engagement and Communication

Requests for this publication in hard copy may be sent directly to COL's distribution agents:

Crown Publications, Queen’s Printer
563 Superior Sreet
Victoria, BC V8W 1T7
Phone: +1-250-387-6409 or +1 800-663-6105 (toll-free, North America)
Fax: +1-250-387-1120