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The ongoing paradigm shift in education has not only transformed education, but has affected educators of every level on every level. Computers, the Internet, and other technologies have transformed what was once science fiction into reality, and have changed the way students and educators relate to each other and the classroom. The one thing technology has yet to achieve is a complete change in the way students are taught.

E-learning programs implemented around the world allow students to go to classes from many different locations, and allow professors to reach more pupils at the same time. E-mail has given students access to a professor outside of the hours posted on the professor’s office door. Television and the Internet have allowed educators to bring their topics to life without costly field trips.

John O’Donoghue, senior learning and teaching fellow at the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at the University of Wolverhampton, UK explains in his new book, Technology Supported Learning and Teaching: A Staff Perspective, that although classrooms are changing, students are still presented with the same information, still show up for classes, and are still tested by regurgitating knowledge instead of applying it. O’Donoghue explains that technology is better implemented, if practitioners and educators understand the tools used in building their e-learning courses.

Technology Supported Learning and Teaching: A Staff Perspective highlights the many areas in which practitioners are attempting to implement learning technologies and reflects themes of current topical interest. It covers three main topics: infrastructural and cultural issues, pedagogical issues, and technological issues. The infrastructure topic area considers aspects related to the major infrastructural, cultural, and organizational changes required for innovation, and also focuses on the role of the student and the tutor in the learning process. The section on pedagogical issues presents descriptions of the different ways in which practitioners have attempted to use learning technologies and give personal examples which illustrate both the potential and dangers of learning technologies. Technological issues present descriptions of the tools that practitioners are using, outline their strengths and weaknesses and highlight issues that need to be considered when planning to implement new learning technologies.

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