Are Theories of E-Learning Necessary?
Donald Egolf, University of Pittsburgh, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
In this presentation the question asked by Skinner more than fifty years ago will be addressed with respect to e-learning. Skinner asked, "Are theories of learning necessary?" And asked in this presentation is, "Are theories of e-learning necessary?" Support for both sides of the question will be given followed by a mediating, middle-of-the-road position. It is held that people on both sides of the question have legitimate cases to make. At the same time the claim is made that it is natural for the e-learning field to be in a state of theoretical flux because of the rapid technological changes in the field. An evolutionary development of e-learning theory is recommended.
Egolf, D. (2008). Are Theories of E-Learning Necessary?. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 343-347). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).