E-learning


I originally planned to write my Wikibook chapter on e-learning because I feel the internet is a great medium for problem-based and individualized learning. Because of my background as a web programmer, I am very familiar with the online world and would like to use that knowledge to expand the world of online learning for my future students. One topic that interested me was the idea of online communities.

The idea of communities changed the direction of my topic selection and I began to focus more on service learning, citizenship, civic-mindedness, and community-based learning. I was reminded of Dewey’s ideas on community as essential to learning, as well as Vygotsky’s theory that culture and learning are closely tied together. This led to me situated learning and constructivism, as tied to integrated or interdisciplinary curriculum.

So after a long journey, I have finally settled on integrated curriculum, through the eyes of the situated cognition learning theory and John Dewey’s theories. I have found several articles on the success of integrated curricula, even in the era of standardized tests. I will define the idea of an integrated curriculum elaborate on learning theories behind it, such as social constructivism, situated cognition, and multiple intelligences. I will then give examples that can be used from pre-school through secondary school.