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E-learning in the 21st Century: A Framework for Research and Practice


reviewed by Ruby Evans — 2004

coverTitle: E-learning in the 21st Century: A Framework for Research and Practice
Author(s): D.R. Garrison and Terry Anderson
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415263468, Pages: 167, Year: 2003
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In the book’s preface, Garrison and Anderson assert that “the goal of ‘e-learning in the twenty-first century’ is to provide a framework for understanding the application of e-learning in higher education” (p. xi).  The authors operationally define e-learning as those learning activities conducted through electronic means on-line.  The authors identify E-learning in the 21st Century: A Framework for Research and Practice as having broad audience appeal.  Primary audiences include “educators who wish to facilitate critical discourse and higher-order learning through the use of electronic technologies in a networked learning context” (p. xii), and “researchers, practitioners, and senior administrators in higher education who must guide the adoption in their institutions of this unique and rapidly proliferating technology” (p. xiv).  The book poses two major questions to readers.  First, Garrison and Anderson rhetorically query whether e-learning is to be used simply to enhance inherently deficient existing practices such as lecturing.  Secondly, they beg the question of whether or not technology has the potential to transform the educational transaction towards the ideal of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 8, 2004, p. 1661-1663
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11304, Date Accessed: 10/30/2014 10:27:25 AM

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  • Ruby Evans
    University of Central Florida
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    RUBY EVANS is Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Community College Specialization area in the College of Education at UCF. She teaches fully web-based and web-enhanced graduate courses in higher education and educational research and conducts research in the area of community colleges and online teaching and learning. Dr. Evans serves on a variety of editorial review panels for educational journals, conferences, and organizations.
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