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Friday, June 08, 2007

Recommended books about Virtual Learning Environments

Continuing further on my earlier publishing, below are some excellent books, I thought you may find be very helpful.

Virtual Learning Environments: Using, Choosing and Developing Your VLE.
By Martin Weller

Virtual learning environments are widely spread in higher education, yet they are often under utilised by the institutions that employ them. This book addresses the need to move beyond
thinking about the VLE simply in terms of the particular package that an institution has adopted, and viewing it as a significant educational technology that will shape much of the teaching and learning process in the coming years. Considering how virtual learning environments can be successfully deployed and used for effective teaching, it sets out a model for effective use, focusing on pedagogic application rather than a specific technology, and seeks to provide a bridge between pedagogical approaches and the tools educators have at their disposal. It contains essential advice for those choosing a VLE and encourages all those involved in the deployment of a VLEs to use them more productively in order to create engaging learning experiences.

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International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments: Vol. 1 & 2
Weiss, Joel., Nolan, Jason., Hunsinger, Jeremy and Trifonas, Peter (Editors)

This 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.