Linda Harasim is a pioneer and one of the founders of online education. She has been studying pedagogical and network design related to online collaborative learning OCL since In , Linda Harasim designed and taught one of the first online university courses in the world, with Prof. In , she developed Virtual-U, an online educational environment customized to support collaborative learning, which she used in her courses and to prototype new educational social media environments and tools until Professor Harasim began to develop the Collaborative Learning Theory and the research methodology of Online Discourse Analysis while at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education the University of Toronto during her work as a senior researcher and assistant professor from —

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Learning Theory and Online Technologies offers a powerful overview of the current state of elearning, a foundation of its historical roots and growth, and a framework for distinguishing among the major approaches to elearning. It effectively addresses pedagogy how to design an effective online environment for learning , evaluation how to know that students are learning , and history how past research can guide successful online teaching and learning outcomes.

An ideal textbook for undergraduate education and communication programs, and Educational Technology Masters, PhD, and Certificate programs, readers will find Learning Theory and Online Technologies provides a synthesis of the key advances in elearning theory, the key frameworks of research, and clearly links theory and research to successful learning practice.

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This leadership was by design not happenstance or because someone twisted her arm to do so as all-too-often happens. In fact, Linda spent building up the field of pedagogy of online collaborative learning OCL before heading off to Vancouver.

Who else can claim that history? I had the privilege of working with her for a bit there at Simon Fraser U SFU back in the fall of when on sabbatical. Many remain my friends today.

It was more than two decades ago when I bought her groundbreaking book, "Online Education: Perspectives on a New Environment" This book and that early online class of hers back in where, in effect, seminal moments in the field of online teaching and learning. There was no crowdsourcing back then--but indeed, Linda was our "Kickstarter" and the crowd all of us sourced around for her every movement and word that she penned.

Her writings were our fuel for many a late night discussion in graduate classes in the s and on into the s. She was our tireless, devoted, and fearless leader at innumerable conferences, summits, and institutes She was and is our online learning torchbearer, pathfinder, and pioneer. This was an edited book rich with fascinating, global stories about connecting the people of this planet with new hope for accessing education in ways never before possible.

It is nearly two decades later here in the land of and most people are first appreciating and realizing those dreams about global perspectives through Web-based videoconferencing, asynchronous discussions, social media, flipped classrooms, MOOCs, etc.

And she has other books like Shift Happens yes, I said "Shift" with an "f" not I could go on and on but it's time to "shift" to the present book. The one you can buy here on Amazon if you like.

I was fortunate to visit Vancouver for a conference and have lunch with Linda back in May when this new book first came out. I bought 2 copies and got her to sign both. I am sure that she would sign one for you too if you visited. Here are 4 reasons to do so: 1. She is the only person with three decades of online learning experience there are 1,'s of make-believe e-learning pundits, but there is only one true leader and visionary--namely, Linda Harasim ; 2.

Linda is an excellent writer. She can quickly spot and make sense of emerging technology trends before others do. And such visions are reflected in this book; 3. Learning theory books are too often devoid of technology related ideas and content. Yet, it is the merging of theory and online technology which offer some of the most novel and hopeful ideas for the transformation of education.

We need both--nature technology and nurture pedagogy and sound theory. This book is the natural extension of the field the psychology of learning. There are many old books in the field of learning theories that professors use in their master's and doctoral courses that are in need of a serious update. Why not change to one that is current like this one?

In effect, you get 2 books for the price of one: a learning theories book and a book about online learning technologies. And this is not a massive tome, but, instead it is very manageable is size and will fit inside a small space or compartment for a plane trip or drive to the beach.

You will undoubtedly enjoy reading it over chatting away with someone sitting on the seat or on sand castle next to you. Shift happens. It is time for the field of the psychology of learning to embrace the online learning movement and help college students, instructional designers, educators, politicians, technology leaders, and others make sense of both.

This book will enable that to happen. Rather dry reading at times, but I'm new to the education field and this subject isn't my typical reading fare.

I'm returning to college next month for a second masters degree MEd. This book has been a good primer before taking my first course in pedagogy. The description and her brief review of the theory of learning is excellent. Without going into details, the review provides a good explanation of the characteristics of the theories. The reader gets a good overall picture on how one theory after the other is connected.

The explanation goes further to provide the connection on the bases of the online technologies. The online collaborative learning which is part of the 21st. The reader should be able to see that OCL is theory based and not just one of those behaviorist drill-and practice type of teaching approach.

One of the best approaches and understandings of teaching and learning with digital technologies and digital media. Well written, well structured, well researched and thoroughly relevant. An essential book for teacher education. Great addition to my classroom library. Very informative and useful book.

This is a good textbook for anyone interested in how traditional and new learning theories are impacted by online learning technologies. It is clear, current, relevant and readable. Good for current and prospective teachers and DE specialists. Just a textbook! The book starts from basics - theories of learning, and gives a well written and a comprehensive review on online learning in light of the presented theories.

See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews. Harasim , professor at the Simon Fraser University, Canada, offers an overview on the main learning theories, the application and relationship with online technologies. Furthermore, offers an introduction to a theory of learning that would suite the 21st century, pedagogy of online education, and a variety of examples. This book will be of interest to educators who seek an introduction to educational theory and practical perspectives of online learning.

The majority of the chapters set out to discuss the interrelationship between learning theories and online technologies, the remaining chapters offer a string of examples of the pedagogical application and institutional embedment.

The three succeeding chapters provide more detail on each of the three classic learning theories, outlines their strength and weaknesses within the educational setting and provides examples how online technologies could support and or be applied within each of the learning frameworks. According to Harasim , none of the 20th century theories is capable of accommodating the profound changes that the internet has brought for teaching and learning, which requires the development of a new learning theory.

After defining OCL in more detail, building on her previous work, Harasim makes the case that the internet has brought epistemological changes in the way we define, build and apply knowledge. Information in our knowledge economy is, according to Harasim , in a constant flux, and OCL put emphasis on the collaborative re creation of knowledge for an applied setting, e.

After developing OCL pedagogy in more depth, the advantages of online learning environments for learners is set out, such as place and time independent. The remaining chapters offer more detail on the practical application of the OCL theory and pedagogy through a series of examples of institution that offer online education, and online technologies to support educational networks and communities of practice. The strength of this book will be found in the relationship between the learning theories and online learning.

Especially the chapters on the three classical theories provide an excellent introduction to the principles, pedagogy and online technologies that support such learning approaches. However Harasim is by times, even for an introduction, somewhat unbalanced, and uncritical in the argumentation, use of sources and selection of themes.


Short Biography

Linda Marie Harasim , a "leading teacher, scholar and speaker on the theories and practices of online education, contributing knowledge, technologies, and practices to the field of technology-enabled learning," [1] is a pioneer leading theorist of online education. Harasim began to develop her Collaborative Learning Theory, [5] pedagogy and the research methodology of Online Discourse Analysis [6] while working as a senior researcher and assistant professor at the University of Toronto 's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education , — In , Harasim designed and taught one of the first totally online university courses in the world with Dorothy E. Smith on the topic of women and computers in education. In —, she developed the online pedagogy and small group discussion methodology which was adopted, after a consultancy with Harasim, by the University of Phoenix. In , Harasim, along with Thomas W. Calvert, led a project to develop Virtual-U, a virtual learning environment customized to support collaborative learning.


Linda Harasim

Here is a brief story of my work as a pioneer and world expert in online education, online collaborative learning and e-learning. I am fortunate in the rich opportunities to learn and to teach in my field. Access to education, to sharing of information and to meetings of minds, seemed to me to be suddenly possible. And an exhalerating vision. Despite this vision, when I interviewed early computer communication users, they told told me that these technologies had absolutely no place in education.

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