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The Online Learning Idea Book, Volume Two: Proven Ways to Enhance Technology-Based and Blended Learning by Patti Shank

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INTRODUCTION

The widespread use of computer networks, especially the Internet, made even greater uses of technology for learning inevitable. The Internet and computer networks have specific affordances for learning that folks who were openly skeptical only a few years ago are beginning to adopt, including the ability to, for example:

  • Share documents, help, and resources across time and space,
  • Provide widely available and ongoing (rather than time-limited) instruction and support,
  • Increase access to learning, and
  • Augment classroom-based learning with additional tools and resources.

These same networks bring junk mail, pop-up ads, viruses, information overload, and information of dubious (or worse) value and, too often, boring, unengaging online ...

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