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August 2006

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E-Learning: A guidebook of Principles, Procedures and Practices
ISBN: 81-88770-04-3 This guidebook on e-learning was developed from  aterials that were developed for a series of workshops  on e-learning sponsored and organised by the Commonwealth  Educational Media Center for Asia  (CEMCA) over the past couple of years in Calicut, India and the Open University of Sri  Lanka (January 2003), and in Delhi (January 2006).  The content of this  guidebook will help readers to systematically  approach their engagement with elearning, irrespective of the  educational sector or level within which they may be working. Developed by Dr. Som Naidu of the  University of Melbourne, Australia on behalf of the Commonwealth Educational Media Center for Asia, New Delhi, the 100-pager guidebook is not just another textbook on elearning, but aims to clarify, simplify and demystify e-learning

E-Learning definition, scope, trends, attributes and opportunities, pedagogical designs for e-learning, assessment, feedback, e-moderation,  online learning management systems, digital learning objects, online  learning course  development models, management and implementation of e-learning,  evaluating the impacts of e-learning- all these terms giving ultimately the look  and framework of a text book on e-learning, in reality is  a guidebook that  iscusses issues related to attributes of e-learning and acts as a primer for those who seek to  venture into a new field. Rather it is designed to highlight the important  issues, to ask the key questions and to tease the reader into independent thoughts.  This reviewed and updated book originally written in 2003 has been tested for the technologies that are  changing the way in which education is being designed and  delivered through a training programme. Divided into nine chapters, the  content of the book are set in such a way that they do not represent any  particular sequence, providing much scope for backtracking and forward  planning process. A comprehensive reference list on the subject is also  provided, which is quite useful for further reading on the subject. Aside  it also includes a glossary of commonly used terms on the subject.  Apart from the valuable resources the book provides, one interesting feature it shows is the opportunity it  provides readers to “tell us a story” about their experiences in relation to  the issue or subject under discussion.

Telling a story requires  readers to pause, slow down, reflect, learn, access and share their  experiences or connect in a meaningful way with others. These are opportunities designed to  remind readers of relevant experiences, which will enable them  to reflect upon their experiences. Reflections, Points to remember and Tell us a story, going as bottom  lines of each chapter and defining the goals at the start of the chapters  increase the interest level of the readers significantly and along with  the content enable one to make sense of new information, and in turn  enables to expand the knowledgebase. The author of the guidebook, an  Associate Professor in Educational  Technology at the University of  Melbourne, Australia is an award winning researcher and practitioner in  online education who has been  published extensively. The book is  published on behalf of the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia by the director,  CEMCA, Dr Usha V. Reddi. The book, as the publisher   entions is neither a definitive   publication nor a treatise on e-learning. It is designed to highlight important issues, to ask  the key questions and to tease the reader into independent thought  so that decisions are based on sound judgment rather than  wishful thinking

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