Theory and Practice of Online LearningAthabasca University's online book, Theory and Practice of Online Learning (2004) is a collection of works by practitioners and scholars actively working in the field of distance education. Although not an old discipline by academic standards, distance education practice and theory has evolved through five generations in its 150 years of existence.
A Theory for eLearningMark Nichols' A theory for eLearning (2003), presents ten hypothesis for eLearning in an attempt to focus attention on the underlying principles that apply to eLearning in all situations.
The Future of Learning: From eLearning to mLearningThe Leonardo da Vinci project The future of learning: From eLearning to mLearning (2002) by Desmond Keegan is a harbinger of the future of learning. The project sets out to design a learning environment for wireless technologies and provides this model of the environment.
eLearning GuideUSNews.com's E-Learning Guide lays out detailed information gathered directly from more than 2,800 traditional colleges and virtual universities. Select one of the options below to find the online degree or certificate that's right for you.
Web-Based Education CommissionThe Web-based Education Commission released a report, The Power of the Internet for Learning: Moving from Promise to Practice (2000), calling for technology reform in schools. It reports that a full-scale, billion-dollar effort is needed to bridge the digital divide developing between those with high-speed Internet access and those without. The commission, appointed by the U.S. Congress, spent a year studying how to help schools adapt to the changing information technology era.
Capitol Hill insiders and educational analysts are hopeful that several of the key recommendations cited in the report will be acted upon this year (Will Congressional Web Learning Report Gather Momentum or Only Gather Dust?).
The Alliance for Childhood criticized the report enough emphasis on early childhood development techniques ( U.S. Urges High-Speed Internet for Schools) by saying there is concern among many educators about placing too much reliance on technology and not. In addition, Wired Magazine wrote a critical report, E-Learning Is Good; Now What?
What's the Difference?The Institute for Higher Education Policy attempts to look at such questions as "Does distance education work better for some academic subjects than others?" and released their findings in What's the Difference? (1999). A critical look at the report can be found at The Difference Frenzy and Matching Buckshot with Buckshot.