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Learning Online: Models and Styles
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.