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June 2016

Online Learning and Higher Education: Key Questions and Considerations

The Interactive Design Institute is delighted to announce the publication of an eBook entitled, “Online Learning and Higher Education: Key Questions and Considerations” by Founder director Michael Stewart

Across the academic year 2015/16, the Interactive Design Institute contributed a series of articles by Michael on the topic of online education and eLearning to EPALE, a multilingual open membership community funded by the European Commission.

The book, which will also be published in hard copy, brings together the series of articles submitted to the UK National Support Service for EPALE, giving an insight to online education and eLearning from a national perspective and for the distribution and discussion amongst researchers and academics within the profession.

The application of new and emerging digital technologies to the process of teaching and learning has provided educationalists with unprecedented opportunities and challenges in equal measure.

“At IDI we firmly believe that an engaging, challenging and fulfilling student experience, underpinned by a robust pedagogy and first class academic and pastoral support are at the heart of the educational process; no matter how it is delivered. The eBook attempts to provide an insight into the influences that have impacted on our philosophy, pedagogy and day to day operation” says Stewart

“Online Learning and Higher Education: Key Questions and Considerations” is an informal exploration of the history, application and progress of eLearning which compares and contrasts some of the pedagogical issues that inform both traditional and online provision.

Stewart continues, “The publication is the result of some outstanding work by our in-house team including academic editor Elizabeth Garner-Foy and graphic designer Molly Rose Wilson, and IDI’s long standing and fruitful relationship with EPALE. Hopefully the publication of the eBook will generate further discussion as to the long term prospects for the provision of eLearning in general and the potential for collaborative partnerships that are based on a hybrid delivery model."

Digital copies of the eBook can be downloaded by following this link.

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