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ERIC Number: EJ1073820
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1499-6677
A Review of E-Learning in Canada: A Rough Sketch of the Evidence, Gaps and Promising Directions: A Commentary
Kanuka, Heather
Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, v32 n3 Fall 2006
The purpose of the "Review of E-Learning in Canada", conducted by Abrami and associates (which is referred to as "the team"), was to provide evidence and gaps on the topic of e-learning, and based on this data provide promising directions for e-learning. Funded by the Canadian Council on Learning, the stated objectives of the review were to: 1) identify and verify through research the most effective practices and procedures to promote learning; 2) identify major gaps in knowledge and understanding of e-learning; and 3) identify the most promising lines of inquiry for addressing those gaps. The review covers the literature from 2000 forward with an attempt to focus on Canadian literature, in both official languages. Using an Argument Catalogue codebook a number of classes were identified by the researchers upon which the review was framed. The documents were also coded to provide data on outcomes of the e-learning research from the following perspectives: general public opinion, practitioner literature, policy documents, scholarly reviews, and primary Canadian research. Did the team achieve their objectives? Do their outcomes provide promising directions for e-learning? This commentary will begin by deconstructing the activities of this review and conclude with comments on how well the objectives of this review were met.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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