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International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments

International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments. Series: Springer International Handbooks of Education , Vol. 14. Weiss, J.; Nolan, J.; Hunsinger, J.; Trifonas, P. (Eds.). 2006, XXXV, 1615 p., Hardcover. ISBN: 1-4020-3802-X

About this book
What is virtual reality and how do we conceptualize, create, use, and inquire into learning settings that capture the possibilities of virtual life? The International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments was developed to explore Virtual Learning Environments (VLE’s), and their relationships with digital, in real life and virtual worlds.

Three issues are explored and used as organizers for The Handbook. First, a distinction is made between virtual learning and learning virtually. Second, since the focus is on learning, an educational framework is developed as a means of bringing coherence to the available literature. Third, learning is defined broadly as a process of knowledge creation for transforming experience to reflect different facets of “the curriculum of life”.

To reflect these issues The Handbook is divided into four sections: Foundations of Virtual Learning Environments; Schooling, Professional Learning and Knowledge Management; Out-of-School Learning Environments; and Challenges for Virtual Learning Environments. A variety of chapters representing different academic and professional fields are included. These chapters cover topics ranging from philosophical perspectives, historical, sociological, political and educational analyses, case studies from practical and research settings, as well as several provocative ‘classics’ originally published in other settings.

Foundations of Virtual Learning Environments.

1 Rethinking the Virtual; N.C. Burbules.
2 A History of E-learning: Shift Happened; L. Harasim
3 Towards Philosophy of Technology in Education: Mapping the Field; M. Peters
4 A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late 20th Century; D. Haraway
5 Teaching and Transformation: Donna Haraway’s “A Manifesto for Cyborgs” and Its Influence in Computer-Supported Composition Classrooms; E. Smith and C.L. Selfe
6 The Political Economy of the Internet: Contesting Capitalism, the Spirit of Informationalism, and Virtual Learning Environments; J. Hunsinger
7 The Influence of ASCII on the Construction of Internet-Based Knowledge; J. Nolan
8 Interaction, Collusion, and the Human–Machine Interface; M. Ito
9 Technological Transformation, Multiple Literacies, and the Re-visioning of Education; D. Kellner
10 Cyberpedagogy; C. Luke 11 Re-situating Constructionism; J.W. Maxwell

II Schooling, Professional Learning and Knowledge Management.

12 Realizing the Internet’s Educational Potential; J.W. Schofield
13 Virtual Schools: Reflections on Key Issues; G. Russell
14 Time, Space, and Virtuality: The Role of Virtual Learning Environments in Time and Spatial Structuring; R.S. Brown and J. Weiss
15 Motivational Perspectives on Students’ Responses to Learning in Virtual Learning Environments; M. Ainley and C. Armatas
16 User Adaptation in Supporting Exploration Tasks in Virtual Learning Environments; Kinshuk, T. Lin and A. Patel
17 Collaborative Text-Based Virtual Learning Environments; R.J. Robbins-Sponaas and J. Nolan
18 Designing Virtual Learning Environments for Academic Language Development; E. Skourtou, V. Kourtis-Kazoullis and J. Cummins
19 Inclusive E-learning; J. Treviranus and V. Roberts
20 Displacing Student–Teacher Equilibrium in Virtual Learning Environments; J. Black
21 Rural South African Teachers “Move Home” in an Online Ecology; E. Henning
22 Virtual Communities of Practice; K. Hibbert and S. Rich
23 Reluctant Internet Intellectuals: Challenging the Public and Professional Value of Research in Teacher Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs); L. Korteweg and J. Mitchell
24 On Higher Education; B. Pauling
25 Technology and Culture in Online Education: Critical Reflections on a Decade of Distance Learning; T.W. Luke
26 A Global Perspective on Political Definitions of E-learning: Commonalities and Differences in National Educational Technology Strategy Discourses; Y. Zhao, J. Lei, and P.F. Conway
27 An Overview of Virtual Learning Environments in the Asia-Pacific: Provisos, Issues, and Tensions; D. Hung, D.-T. Chen, and A.F.L. Wong
28 Global Online Education; S. McCarty, B. Ibrahim, B. Sedunov, and R. Sharma
29 Global Virtual Organizations for Online Educator Empowerment; N. Bowskill, R. Luke and S. McCarty
30 An Online Journal as a Virtual Learning Environment: The Case of the Teachers College Record; G. Natriello and M. Rennick
31 Professional Development & Knowledge Management via Virtual Spaces; N. Hara and R. Kling

III Out-Of-School Virtual Learning Environments.

32 Cemeteries, Oak Trees, and Black and White Cows: Newcomers’ Understandings of the Networked World; V.L. O’Day, M. Ito, A. Adler, C. Linde, and E.D. Mynatt
33 The eLibrary and Learning; P. Brophy
34 Beyond Museum Walls: An Exploration of the Origins and Futures of Web-Based, Museum Education Outreach; K. Sumption
35 Genealogical Education: Finding Internet-Based Educational Content for Hobbyist Genealogists; K. Veale
36 Downtime on the Net: The Rise of Virtual Leisure Industries; J. Cook
37 Education, Gaming, and Serious Play; S. De Castell and J. Jenson
38 E-learning Environments for Health Care: Advantages, Risks, and Implications; M. Murero
39 E-Democracy: Media-Liminal Space in the Era of Age Compression; M. Balnaves, L. Walsh, and B. Shoesmith
40 SonicMemorial.org—The Virtual Memorial as a Vehicle for Rethinking Virtual Learning Environments; M. Shepard
41 “Why don’t We Trade Places . . . “: Some Issues Relevant for the Analysis of Diasporic Web Communities as Learning Spaces; V. Nincic
42 Exploring the Production of Race Through Virtual Learning Environments; M. Altman and R. Gajjala
43 Engaging the Disney Effect: The Cultural Production of Escapism and Utopia in Media; P. P. Trifonas
44 “A Small World After All”: L.M. Montgomery’s Imagined Avonlea as Virtual Landscape; B. Lefebvre
45 Slash Fiction/FanFict; R. Mazar
46 A Critical Eye for the Queer Text: Reading and Writing Slash Fiction on (the) Line; R. Bury

IV Challenges for Virtual Learning Environments.

47 Chromosoft Mirrors; J. Noon
48 Net: Geography Fieldwork Frequently Asked Questions; M. Dodge and R. Kitchin
49 Hacktivism: The How and Why of Activism for the Digital Age; M. Levesque
50 Weblogs and Collaborative Web Publishing as Learning Spaces; A.C. Halavais
51 Procedural Discourse Networks: Weblogs, Self-organizations and Successive Models for Academic Peer Review; B. Barr
52 Wikis: Collaborative Virtual Learning Environments; N. Augar, R. Raitman, and W. Zhou
53 Partying Like it’s 1999: On the Napsterization of Cultural Artifacts Via Peer-to-Peer Networks; J. Logie
54 Virtual Harlem as a Collaborative Learning Environment: A Project of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Electronic Visualization Lab; J. Sosnoski, S. Jones, B. Carter, K. Mcallister, R. Moeller, and R. Mir
55 Video-as-Data and Digital Video Manipulation Techniques for Transforming Learning Sciences Research, Education, and Other Cultural Practices; R.D. Pea
56 ePresence Interactive Media and Webforum 2001: An Accidental Case Study on the Use of Webcasting as a VLE for Early Child Development; A. Zijdemans, G. Moore, R. Baecker, and D.P. Keating
57 Networked Scholarship; B. Wellman, E. Koku and J. Hunsinger
58 Analysis of Log File Data to Understand Behavior and Learning in an Online Community; A. Bruckman
59 Reconstructing the Fables: Women on the Educational Cyberfrontier; J.S. Dwight, M. Boler, and P. Sears
60 (Inorganic) Community Design Models and the Place of (In)appropriate Technology in International Development—What if More Than “Half the World” Wants Internet Access?; J. Dicum
61 Broadband Technologies, Techno-Optimism and the “Hopeful” Citizen; M. Allen 62 The Matrix, or, the Two Sides of Perversion; S. Zizek
63 Learning by Being: Thirty Years of Cyborg Existemology; S. Mann

3 Responses to “International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments”

  1. Clevergirl Says:

    Oh oh oh oh oh!!!!!!

    *jumps up and down in excitement*

    *checks her own mail box*


    I bet the postman really had to struggle bringing that to you!


  2. Don’t forget your shovel. » Blog Archive » It’s Here!!!!! Says:

    […] This evening I was doing the usual plant watering routine, which caused me to open the front door. And in so doing, this big package was found. A package addressed to me! I knew exactly what it was since Jason received his last week. My copy of the International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments. I wrote chapter 60 (hey, it’s a big 2 volume book!) about 2 years ago (Hey! Publishing takes time!!). At the time very topical, but developments such as the One Laptop Per Child scheme have slightly changed my thinking about some of these issues. Still it’s worth reading, although I’m completely embarassed to be published in a book which includes so many leaders in the field of virtual learning environments. […]

  3. jason Says:

    You deserve it!

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