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Blended Learning Environments for Adults

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There is a general notion that adult education literature generally supports the idea that teaching adults should be approached in a different way than teaching children. Adult learners include working adults with family responsibilities, older workers who may not feel confident about returning to school and people who are currently in the workforce and who need to upgrade skills and knowledge. The combination of synchronous and asynchronous transmission with face to face instruction allow for the implementation of a new Blended Collaborative Learning Environment, which is flexible in terms of location, time, and pace of  adult learners.Blended Learning Environments for Adults: Evaluations and Frameworks demonstrates the view that Information and Communication Technologies should not be considered as a neutral teaching medium, but instead be implemented under pedagogical conditions; aiming at the development of critical thinking through their creative integration into the social and cultural context. This comprehensive collection brings a group of scholars in order to build up a pedagogical approach and analytical implementation steps and directions for designing and implementing Blended Learning Collaborative Environments for adults.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. Editorial Advisory Board
  5. Preface
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. ORGANIZATION OF THE BOOK
    3. THE TARGET AUDIENCE
  6. Chapter 1: Academic Development Perspectives of Blended Learning
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    5. CONCLUSION
  7. Chapter 2: The Definition of Blended Learning in Higher Education
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. THE DEFINITIONS OF BLENDED LEARNING
    4. TYPES OF BLENDED LEARNING
    5. ADVANTAGES OF BLENDED LEARNING
    6. CONCLUSION
  8. Chapter 3: Social Aspects and Web 2.0 Challenges in Blended Learning
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. WHAT IS BLENDED LEARNING?
    4. LITERATURE REVIEW
    5. PERSPECTIVES OF BLENDED LEARNING: MOBILE BLENDED LEARNING
    6. WEB 2.0 AND COLLABORATIVE BLENDED LEARNING
    7. FUTURE DIRECTIONS OF BLENDED LEARNING: MULTIMODAL USER INTERFACES
    8. QUALITATIVE STUDY WITH ITALIAN TEACHERS
    9. CONCLUSION
  9. Chapter 4: Assistive Technologies and Environmental Design Concepts for Blended Learning and Teaching for Disabilities within 3D Virtual Worlds and Learning Environments
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. RESEARCH RATIONALE
    5. DISCUSSION OF RESULTS
    6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    7. CONCLUSION
  10. Chapter 5: The ‘Pleasure Principle’ in Blended Learning Approaches
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. CONCLUSION
    4. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
  11. Chapter 6: The Artificial Intelligence in the Support of e-Learning Management and Quality Maintenance
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. APPLICATIONS OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN E-LEARNING
    4. BLENDED E-LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION
    5. INTELLIGENT OBSERVATION OF USERS
    6. WEB 2.0 E-LEARNING CONTENT PRESENTATION ENGINE
    7. ADAPTIVE COURSES
    8. FUTURE PLANS AND FURTHER DEVELOPMENT
    9. SUMMARY
  12. Chapter 7: Developing a Collaborative ELearning Construction Framework for Blended Learning
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. FUTURE PLAN AND CONCLUSION
  13. Chapter 8: Internet-Based Remote Laboratories as a Part of a Blended Learning Environment
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. WEB: BASED REMOTE LABORATORIES
    5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    6. CONCLUSION
  14. Chapter 9: A Program-Based Approach to Developing and Implementing Blended Instruction
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. PROGRAM-BASED IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES
    5. CONCLUSION
  15. Chapter 10: Framework for Evaluating Blended Learning in a University Public-Speaking Course in Singapore
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK FOR BLENDED LEARNING
    5. THE COR 157 BLENDED LEARNING EXPERIENCE
    6. EVALUATION FRAMEWORK FOR BLENDED LEARNING
    7. FUTURE DIRECTIONS
    8. CONCLUSION
    9. APPENDIX A.
  16. Chapter 11: Using a Blended e-Learning Cooperative Approach in Higher Education
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. MAIN FOCUS OF THE CHAPTER
    5. ISSUES, CONTROVERSIES, PROBLEMS
    6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    7. CONCLUSION AND LIMITATIONS
    8. APPENDIX A.
    9. APPENDIX B.
  17. Chapter 12: Design of a Blended Learning Environment for the Training of Greek Teachers
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. NATIONAL TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM: GENERAL DESCRIPTION
    4. INVESTIGATING THE TRAINING NEEDS
    5. EDUCATIONAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL PROFILE
    6. FINAL OVERVIEW
  18. Chapter 13: Enabling Creative Blended Learning for Adults through Learning Design
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. LITERATURE REVIEW
    4. THE LEARNING ACTIVITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
    5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    6. CONCLUSION
  19. Chapter 14: Theoretical Rationale for Designing a Blended Learning Teachers’ Professional Development Program
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. CONCLUSION
  20. Compilation of References
  21. About the Contributors