An investigation into the processes of e-pedagogy and e-learning in an online community

Michael Smith

Abstract


The central theme of this paper is an investigation into the processes of e-pedagogy and e-learning. It concludes with a model of e-pedagogy with particular reference to the Secondary school environment. From a case study of the observation and description of a pupils online community, phases in the e-learning process are identified. A key theme of the paper is transformational learning. E-learning is viewed as an emancipatory knowledge creation process in which teacher and pupil interchange roles in a collaborative learning environment. The teacher as facilitator guides the learners through the process of acquiring skills, to the collection of information, which is then developed into knowledge streams for group analysis. The internet offers a global information network and ICT hardware assists in maintaining an interactive learning environment. An important part of successful e-pedagogy, it is argued, is effective e-facilitation.

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Editor-in-Chief: Prof Norbert Pachler
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
ISSN 1746-9082