The purpose of this course is to explore in depth the concept of electronic (also called online) learning. The course will be based on a recent book, “E-learning Theory and Practice,” by Caroline Haythornthwaite and Richard Andrews (Sage, 2011). The book addresses key topics such as learning theories and a theory of online learning, participation in discourse and learning communities, the context for learning as reflected in multiple learning ecologies and how it is leads to ubiquitous learning, and researching e-learning. It is likely that additional readings such as journal papers, conferences papers, cases, and trade press articles will also be used to supplement the book with recent literature. There will be a group project which will involve designing and evaluating a set of prototype courses that use a variety of e-learning environments, or developing a research proposal that explores differences in e-learning environments. Environments range from face-to-face teaching with support for virtual conversations in small size classes (a traditional class with an electronic discussion board) to virtual teaching and communications in extremely large classes (MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses).