Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices

Call for Chapter Proposals

Proposal Submission Deadline: April 30, 2008

Edited by: Terry T. Kidd
University of Texas Health Science Center, USA

Introduction
Learning is the practice of teaching and educating and the environment in which these activities take place. Learning often occurs in the workplace, through ‘extension’ or ‘continuing education’ courses at secondary schools, through colleges or university and online and ultimately in business and industry. Adult learning refers to the field of study and practice of utilizing sound instructional design principals, technology and learning theory as a means to solve educational challenges and human performance issues relating to adults.

As we move further into 21st century a new paradigm of learning is emerging – the paradigm of eLearning and learning through cyber space. With this new form of learning environment, we now begin to see the emergence of multiple modalities of learning including human performance technology, mobile learning environments, distance education opportunities, as well as blended learning possibilities. We must now begin to critically examine and bring to light the teaching and learning practices in these venues.

There is substantial effort and research within various disciplines that address current issues and trends and the implications of eLearning, online dealing and associated adult learning environments both in business and in education. Recently there have been several initiatives within the US that focus on strategies and research approaches to improve the learning process within these virtual contexts and to help streamline innovative learning paradigms. Because of the multicultural space and present cultural differences, there is a need to introduce an interdisciplinary approach into research and future development of innovative learning approaches within the context of adult learning for eLearning and online education. Therefore we must examine the implications of teaching and learning practices within these venues.

Objective and Mission of the Book
The aim of this book is to bring together related subject matter from different fields, reports and discussions from students, faculty members, researchers, and practitioners in the field of instructional technology, training development, education, performance improvement, relating to aspects of elearning. The chapters collected for this book will have influence on future developments in adult learning both in education and in industry.

The book will stimulate researchers to focus on current issues, trends, implications, and emerging thoughts in the field of adult learning in the context of eLearning and online education to design better products and services. In addition, we want to provide theoretical understanding of the essential links between authentic learning, social psychology, instructional design, eLearning, online education, and methods of adult learning.

This book will offer a critical discussion and insights into the virtual domain of eLearning and online education within the context of adult learning. Here the focuses are on the theoretical and practical challenges of eLearning in business and industry in the forms of workplace learning (e.g. training, organization development, and performance improvement) and its opportunities for education (classroom learning, adult learning, K-12 education).

The Target Audience
The projected audience for this text will include participants from an international venue including higher education faculty, public school educators, researchers, instructional designers, education administrators, training and developing specialists, adult education specialists, and general practitioners of online teaching and learning within business, industry, medical/health, and the military. In addition, this text will serve as a resource to practitioners and students in adult learning, instructional technology, instructional design, curriculum & instruction, human resources development, organization development, training development, performance improvement, information systems and those who have general interest in instructional systems & technology.

Recommended Topics of Interest for the Publication include, but are not limited, to the following:
Philosophy of adult learning in the online environment
Online education for adult learning
Case studies and examples on successes and failures of eLearning and online education for adult learners
The power of online learning environments for adult learners
Pros and Cons of elearning and Online learning environments
Teaching Learning Strategies for eLearning and online learning
Corporate learning strategies for eLearning
Web 2.0 implications
Pod Casting and mobile learning
Designing online courses and eLearning modules for adult learners
Emerging Technologies for eLearning and online learning environments
Emerging strategies for eLearning and online learning environments
Applications of Online/eLearning Adult Learning for Foreign Language, Second Language Acquisition and Special Education
Game-based learning and eLearning and online education
Blended learning strategies
Social Implications of elearning and online learning environments
Ethical considerations for eLearning and online learning
Instructional Quality of eLearning and online learning
Diffusion and Adoption of eLearning and other distance education technologies/methods
Instructional Design Methodologies for eLearning and online learning
Cognition and Social Psychology implications in Adult Learning
Training Development possibilities with eLearning with Adult Learning
Organizational Development and its implications Adult Learning
Developing, Integrating, and Delivering E-Learning Solutions
Learning & Content Management Systems
Real life case studies and examples
Qualitative research on eLearning
Future Trends
International Perspective from Developing Countries

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before April 30, 2008, a 1-2 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by May 31, 2008 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters of 3000-5000 are expected to be submitted by August 31, 2008. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference) and “Medical Information Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com.

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:

Terry T. Kidd
University of Texas Health Science Center
1200 Herman Pressler Drive
Houston, TX 77030
terry.t.kidd@uth.tmc.edu

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