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Learning Online: Models and Styles

Introduction

It is essential that we understand how online environments and technologies can be used to support and enhance learning if we are to create effective online learning experiences for our students. This chapter examines the context and pedagogy for online learning. It explores how this understanding can inform our choices and help us create appropriate and effective online learning opportunities which meet the diverse needs of our learners and accommodate their diversity of learning styles and approaches.
The OTiS e-Workshop1 established a community of online practitioners (academics, faculty, lecturers, instructors, staff developers, facilitators and trainers) from education and business who could share their expertise and reflect on their practice.
Two of the key issues addressed were 'tutor and learner styles' and 'models of online learning'. Through case studies and online discussions we attempted to clarify these issues and identify effective practice. This chapter is a synthesis of these discussions.

Learning Online: Models and Styles
Dr William Lockitt

Dr William Lockitt

Dr Lockitt has over forty-five years’ experience in education and has written several publications highlighting the effective use of multimedia flexible and open learning. Since 2010 Dr Lockitt has been the strategic policy Director for G2G Communities CIC and in 2011 managed the implementation of the first not for profit, community focused LEGO Education Innovation Studio in the UK.