As the number of resources for networked learning continues to grow steadily, it becomes increasingly pressing that knowledge of those resources should be made widely available and the reuse of those resources by other groups should be facilitated.
This volume addresses these questions. It provides essential reading for all those involved in the development or management of e-learning. Those who will find it a timely and valuable text include not only the academics who are likely to reuse and recommend available resources and those who manage the programmes but also those who oversee the purchase and archiving of resources, researchers in such fields as widening participation, educational developers and senior managers. The book will appeal to colleagues from all sectors of higher and further education and corporate training.
The book is international in scope, with writers drawn from Europe, North America, Australia and the Far East. The authors constitute some of the leading researchers in the field who offer in their chapters cutting edge research in a relatively new area (reusable learning objects) combined with the examination and discussion of new thinking on the topics treated here.
Four main issues are explored, each of which draws on current research: theoretical perspectives, educational design perspectives, educational resource perspectives, and strategic perspectives. The reader is guaranteed to find stimulating ideas and insights, useful knowledge and encouragement to consider how best to reuse resources at his or her command for the better delivery of networked learning.