Three Models of E-Learning to Improve Pedagogy

E-learning models are theoretical constructions that assist practitioners in designing effective learning experiences for students participating in online courses.  They are distinct from learning theories in that e-learning models are concerned with the pedagogical principles that undergird instructional practices or with the effective implementation of such instructional practices.  Among the many e-learning models that are presented in Pachler and Daly’s Key Issues in E-Learning (2011)—the majority of which are based on socio-constructivist learning theories—three stand out as being vital to the successful implementation of e-learning: the Community of Inquiry model, the Conversational Framework, and Computer-Mediated Communication.  Each of the three models selected will be described and evaluated in detail before turning to a discussion of how they might be used in practice to improve the quality of e-learning in a hybrid course on the Western humanities.

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