Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

E-Learning - Challenges and Prospects

M Mahruf C Shohel

Institute of Development Studies


Synchronous E-learning Asynchronous E-learning Blended Learning Virtual Classroom Higher Education MOOCs CDP Training Digital Culture Social and Collaborative Learning Digital Divide Emerging Technologies

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Over time, e-learning has evolved and changed the landscape of learning. Due to emerging learning technologies, e-learning became very diverse in its forms and applications in education and training. As a result, blended learning and ODL (open and distance learning/online distance learning) are increasingly being used in formal, non-formal and informal education programs across the globe. To facilitate continuous improvements, flexibility, and accessibility in e-learning, it is essential to understand the challenges and opportunities by exploring current theories, policies, and practices.

This edited book is aiming to compile works of educators, developers, and practitioners from various disciplines to highlight significant elements of e-learning. This book will serve as a critical resource for administrators, educators, instructional designers, academic developers, researchers, and students.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
• Concept, Nature, and Types of E-Learning
• Strategies for E-Learning
• Synchronous and Asynchronous E-Learning
• Digital Learning
• Blended Learning
• Open and Distance Learning
• Online Distance Learning
• Mobile Learning
• Digital Divide and E-Learning
• Digital Native and Immigrants in E-Learning
• E-Learning Platforms
• Free E-Learning Platforms
• Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and E-Learning
• Facilitating Learning in E-Learning
• Designing Experiential Learning in VLE
• E-Learning and Challenges of MOOCs
• Customized, Self-paced, and On-demand Learning
• Personal and Professional Development through E-Learning
• Staff Development and E-Learning
• Continuous Professional Development and E-Learning
• Organizational Culture and E-Learning
• Collaborative Learning and E-Learning
• Work-based Learning and E-Learning
• Workplace Learning and E-Learning
• Digital Culture and E-Learning
• Cultural Dimensions and E-Learning
• Culture, Interaction, and E-Learning
• E-Learning, Widening Participation and Social Justice
• Teaching and Learning Styles in E-Learning
• Quality Assurance in E-Learning
• E-Learning and Assessment
• Social Responsibility, Higher Education and E-Learning
• Virtual Universities and E-Learning
• Promoting Learning and Empowering Learners through E-Learning
• Challenges and Opportunities of E-Learning
• Ethical, Legal, Pedagogical and Design Aspects of E-Learning
• Social Constructivism and E-Learning
• Social Networks and E-Learning
• Inclusive Education and E-Learning
• Case Studies of E-Learning Programmes including Religious Education
• Learning about E-Learning from Individuals’ Experiences
• Leadership and Management in E-Learning
• E-Learning Management Systems
• Prospects of E-Learning

Publishing process

Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: June 12th 2020

Applications to edit the book are assessed and a suitable editor is selected, at which point the process begins.

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Deadline Extended: Open for Submissions

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Deadline for full chapters: September 1st 2020

Once approved by the academic editor and publishing review team, chapters are written and submitted according to pre-agreed parameters

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Review results due: November 20th 2020

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Expected publication date: January 19th 2021

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About the editor

M Mahruf C Shohel

Institute of Development Studies

Dr. M. Mahruf C. Shohel is an ODL Course Convenor at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex. Prior to joining the IDS, he was a Lecturer in Education and International Development at the School of Education, Aberystwyth University. He was also an Honorary Research Fellow at the College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow, an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Leicester, a Researcher at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge and a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Pedagogy, Faculty of Education and Society, University of Sunderland. Dr. Shohel has worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET), Faculty of Education and Language Studies, The Open University (OU), UK. During his tenure at the OU, he worked on the ‘English in Action’, a large-scale DFID funded project from January 2009 to May 2011. Then from 2011 to 2014, he worked to make contribution to the CREET's REF submission. During his doctoral study, he also worked as a Residential Tutor and Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) at the University of Manchester. Dr. Shohel carried out his postgraduate research on computer-assisted language learning (CALL) and doctoral research on school transition, especially focused on the transition from non-formal to formal education sector using Bronfenbrenner’s ecological theory as a theoretical framework. He has also worked with BRAC, the world's largest NGO, several times as a Research Intern during his doctoral research. He initiated and co-facilitated a research group that was focusing on fieldwork research in the global south based in Manchester. The group worked on fieldwork research as well as inclusive education and contributed to different conferences. In 2007, Dr. Shohel was a Guest Lecturer at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Innocenti Research Centre (IRC), UNICEF Office of Research, Florence, Italy in 2012. Currently, he is engaged with carrying out research on a higher education learning journey of individual students, technology-enhanced learning, sustainable development, teachers’ professional development, and English language teaching and learning, childhood poverty and educational exclusion, education for disadvantaged children including sex workers' children and working children in the global south.

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