recommended reading on the e-learning part of the web site


I’ve made some initial changes to the e-learning recommended reading –

However, I’d like to make more 🙂 This page will be re-written for at the start of each academic year. It will feed into the PGCAP reading for our unit. It has a number of aims, suggest some reading and highlight the working papers we are writing.

Therefore, I would like each member of the team to recommend a book to be included on this list. The idea is this will be the book yo’d recommend people to take to bed with them. You will also need to write (200 word) rationale on why this book is important to read for people interested in e-learning. Therefore, it doesn’t have to be a recognised e-learning book, and might have something that e-learning practitioners should be aware of.

So be as creative as you like, the time frame is the 15th September.

Could you add the details in the comments area below.





  1. Roger Gardner

    Not a “book” but I recommend:

    JISC Infokit – Effective use of Virtual Learning Environments

    This is one of a number of guides produced by JISC. Another I would recommend in the area of e-learning is “Social software” ( )

    This resource is a clear, concise, realistic and practical guide on what a VLE is and what types of functionality it offers, such as communication and assessment tools. However it is also a useful starting point for investigating e-learning generally within a sound pedagogical framework. It provides an overview of relevant models of learning and teaching, including Mayes Conceptualisation Cycle, Laurillard’s conversational framework and Salmon’s 5-stage model, and goes on to show in a very practical way how these models could be applied when planning a course.
    It includes links to a number of case studies in a range of curriculum areas, for example on the use of Computer-mediated Conferencing. It also contains a useful overview of e-assessment, including benefits and issues one needs to consider. The student perspective is highlighted, including characteristics of “information age learners”, and there is also a handy section on learning design.

    I would recommend this as an excellent introductory resource, which combines theory and practical application in an accessible way.

  2. Lindsay Jordan

    I’m going to take a different tack here and recommend a 9-year-old book that isn’t focused specifically on e-learning, although I think it’s essential reading for anyone interesting in enhancing teaching & learning.

    How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School (1999)
    Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (CBASSE)

    The e-book is free to view through the National Academies Press:
    (Check out the handy ‘skim this chapter’ feature’!)

    This publication came about when the US Department of Education asked for an appraisal of the scientific knowledge base on human learening and its application to education. The result is a punchy summary of what we already know about learning – drawing together evidence from manay different branches of science – and what we still need to find out.

    The primary objectives of the project were to ascertain what is required for learners to reach deep understanding, what leads to effective teaching, and the conditions that lead to a supportive environment for teaching and learning.

    What I really like about this book is that it is punchy, it is easy to read (even though it’s on screen), and reads as a successful collaborative effort rather than a collection of disjointed chapters.

    If you’re really short of time I would recommend skimming the first chapter and reading the final chapter in full – this will indicate where you might also want to dip into the other chapters. Chapter 9 – Technology to Support Learning – is obviously relevant for e-learning but I wouldn’t want to single it out as more important than the others – there is so much interesting and relevant content in this book.

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