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A Learner-Centered Framework for E-Learning

by Barbara L. McCombs & Donna Vakili - 2005

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 8, 2005, p. 1582-1600
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12088, Date Accessed: 11/29/2021 4:48:16 PM
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  • Barbara McCombs
    University of Denver Research Institute
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    BARBARA L. MCCOMBS is a senior researcher at the University of Denver Research Institute. She has more than 25 years of experience directing research and development efforts in a wide range of basic and applied areas. She currently directs a new Human Motivation, Learning and Development Center at the institute that focuses on professional development of educators, school violence prevention, systemic educational reform, and personal and organizational change. Her current research is directed at new models of teaching and learning, including the use of technology as a primary tool for empowering youth and focuses on applying learner-centered principles to teacher education via emerging e-learning technologies and to violence prevention via school-based professional development strategies. Her recent publications include “Providing a Framework for the Redesign of K–12 education in the Context of Current Educational Reform Issues” (Theory Into Practice, 2003) and “The Learner-Centered Psychological Principles: A Framework for Balancing a Focus on Academic Achievement With a Focus on Social and Emotional Learning Needs” (in J. E. Zins, R. P. Weissberg, M. C. Wang, & H. J. Walberg (Eds.), Building Academic Success on Social and Emotional Learning: What Does the Research Say? Teachers College Press, 2004).
  • Donna Vakili
    Idaho Digital Learning Academy
    DONNA VAKILI is the Director of the Idaho Digital Learning Academy, a legislatively created statewide virtual high school. Before serving in this capacity, she was the Associate Program Developer for the Online Master’s Degree in Educational Technology at Boise State University. She has over 8 years experience in designing, delivering, and teaching online courses. Her research interests include online teaching and learning, retention, and integrating technology in the curriculum. She received her Ph.D. from the College of Education at the University of Idaho in 2003; her dissertation was entitled “Online vs. Face-to-Face: A Comparison of Learner-Centered Practices and Motivational Variables in Post-secondary Classrooms.”
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