Athabasca University's latest publication: Emergence and Innovation in Digital Learning


ICDE member Athabasca University has released a new title in May in the series: “Issues in Distance Education.”  The book is called: "Emergence and Innovation in Digital Learning: Foundations and Applications". It is edited by the Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology, George Veletsianos. It aims at becoming a important resource for anyone using technology in education, specifically at the post-secondary level.

Book description
Educational systems worldwide are facing an enormous shift as a result of sociocultural, political, economic, and technological changes. The technologies and practices that have developed over the last decade have been heralded as opportunities to transform both online and traditional education systems. Proponents of these new ideas often postulate that technology has the potential to address the educational problems facing both students and institutions and that it could provide an opportunity to rethink the ways that education is organized and enacted. However, there is little analysis of emerging technologies and practices in use in online education.

Contributors to Emergence and Innovation in Digital Learning include individuals who are shaping the future of online learning with their innovative applications and investigations on the impact of issues such as openness, analytics, MOOCs, and social media. Building on work first published in Emerging Technologies in Distance Education, the contributors to this collection harness the dispersed knowledge in online education to provide a one-stop locale for work on emergent approaches in the field. Their conclusions will enable researchers and practitioners to conceptualize, critique, and enhance their understanding of the foundations and applications of new technologies.

More information about the book and an open access PDF can be found on the website: