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List of contributors ix 1 Introduction to E-learning Research 1 Richard Andrews and Caroline Haythornthwaite PART I CONTEXTS FOR RESEARCHING E-LEARNING 53 2 Development and Philosophy of the Field of Asynchronous Learning Networks 55 Starr Roxanne Hiltz, Murray Turoff and Linda Harasim 3 On Computers and Writing 73 Gail E. Hawisher and Cynthia L. Selfe 4 Digital Divide and E-learning 97 Caroline Haythornthwaite 5 Learning and Lessons from the World of Games and Play 119 Angela McFarlane 6 Learning Sciences Theories and Methods for E-learning Researchers 139 Christopher Hoadley PART II THEORY 157 7 From Distance Education to E-learning 159 Melody M. Thompson 8 E-learning and the Reshaping of Rhetorical Space 179 Terry Locke 9 Researching the Cognitive Cultures of E-learning 202 Andrew Whitworth 10 A Theory of Learning for the Mobile Age 221 Mike Sharples, Josie Taylor and Giasemi Vavoula 11 Computer Supported Collaborative Learning 248 Naomi Miyake PART III POLICY 267 12 Policy and E-learning 269 Virgil E. Varvel, Rae-Anne Montague and Leigh S. Estabrook 13 An International Comparison of the Relationship between Policy and Practice in E-learning 286 Gr6inne Conole 14 Community-embedded Learning 311 Michelle M. Kazmer 15 The Challenges of Gender, Age and Personality in E-learning 328 Konrad Morgan and Madeleine Morgan PART IV LANGUAGE AND LITERACY 347 16 Bilingualism and E-learning 349 Janina Brutt-Griffler 17 Second Language Learning and Online Communication 371 CarolA. Chapelle 18 Literacy, Learning and Technology Studies 394 Ilana Snyder 19 Problems in Researching E-learning: the Case of Computer-Assisted Language Learning 416 Zhao Yuan PART V DESIGN ISSUES 437 20 New Conceptions for Community Design 439 Bronwyn Stuckey and Sasha Barab 21 Researching the Impact of Online Professional Development for Teachers 466 Wynne Harlen and Susan J Doubler 22 Exploring E-learning Community in a Global Postgraduate Programme 487 Ellen Roberts and Jane Lund 23 The Place of Digital Video in the Curriculum 504 Andrew Burn Index 524