Education for a Digital World

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Education for a Digital World  

Advice, Guidelines, and Effective Practice from Around the Globe

Co-published by BCcampus and Commonwealth of Learning, 2008

NOTE: This first edition of the book is only available in electronic form - please see links to the right.
A second edition has been published. Please see:
for information on the 2nd Edition of this book, Education for a Digital World 2.0 (2011). Print copies are available for order from Open School BC. The 2nd edition is not published by either COL or BCcampus. 

"Our time is a time for crossing barriers, for erasing old categories - for probing around."

- Marshall McLuhan

Digital information technologies are transforming the way we work, learn, and communicate. Within this digital revolution are new learning approaches that transform hierarchical, industrial-based models of teaching and learning.

The creation of this book employed the very principles it espouses. It embodied a forming relationships model, and the sharing of ideas to produce new thinking model. A unique interactive, collaborative research model based on the formation of online relationships among 50 contributors from around the world representing research, administration and business communities. The development of the book demonstrates the powerful opportunity afforded by online technologies in this digital revolution era.

Education for a Digital World contains a comprehensive collection of proven strategies and tools for effective online teaching, based on the principles of learning as a social process. It offers practical, contemporary guidance to support e-learning decision-making, instructional choices, as well as program and course planning, and development.

Practical advice, real-life examples, case studies, and useful resources supply in-depth perspectives about structuring and fostering socially engaging learning in an online environment. A plethora of e-learning topics provide insights, ideas, and usable tools. Tips and evidence-based theory guide administrators, program and course developers, project teams, and teachers through the development of online learning opportunities.

Education for a Digital World is an indispensable guide, resource, textbook and manual for policymakers and practitioners in developing and developed countries. 


  • Part 1: The Impact of Instructional Technologies
  • Part 2: Preparing Online Courses
  • Part 3: Implementing Technology
  • Part 4: E-learning in Action
  • Part 5: Engagement and Communication