University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
e-Learning Ecologies: Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning for the Digital Age
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

e-Learning Ecologies: Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning for the Digital Age

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Dr William Cope
Dr Mary Kalantzis

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There are 4 modules in this course

We begin this module with an introduction to the idea of an "e-learning ecology" and the notion of "affordance." We use this idea to map the range of innovative activities that we may be able to use in e-learning environments – not that we necessarily do. Many e-learning environments simply reproduce the worst of old, didactic pedagogies. We then go on to explore the notion of "ubiquitous learning," the first of seven "affordances" in computer-mediated educational applications and environments that we examine in this course.

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9 videos9 readings1 quiz1 peer review2 discussion prompts1 plugin

This module examines two more e-learning affordances: "active knowledge making," or the right and responsibility of learners to take a degree of control over their own knowledge making; and "multimodal meaning-making," or the tools learners now have at hand to support their thinking and to represent the knowledge they have gained – including, for instance, text, image, diagram, animation, simulation, dataset, video, audio, or embedded web media.

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6 videos2 readings2 peer reviews2 discussion prompts

Two further e-learning affordances are explored in this module: "recursive feedback," or the rapid and repeatable cycles of feedback or formative assessment now available, including machine feedback and machine-mediated human feedback; and the "collaborative intelligence" fostered by the very social nature of Web 2.0 and contemporary e-learning environments.

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9 videos2 readings2 peer reviews2 discussion prompts

We come now to the last two of our seven e-learning affordances: "metacognition," or the process of thinking about thinking – a second order, more abstract, theoretical, and generalizable way of thinking; and "differentiated learning," addressing learners' different needs and interests. Together, these seven affordances become a tool with which to evaluate the scope of an e-learning technology and its application.

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4 videos2 readings5 peer reviews2 discussion prompts1 plugin

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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