Semester Offering: August

The course concentrates on the state-of-the-art in e-learning and social software research from a technological perspective. The participants take part in a constructive effort to classify, re-organize and focus is on constructing the application areas of education, healthcare, governance and rural development.


Introduction of e-learning; Computer-mediated communication; E-learning tools and technology; Online communities and social networks; Social software.




I. Introduction of E-Learning

1. History of e-learning
2. Interaction in e-learning
3. Quality in e-learning
4. Research trends in e-learning

II. Computer-Mediated Communication

1. Internet-based social networking
2. Computer-supported collaborative work
3. Computer-supported collaborative learning

III. E-Learning Tools and Technology

1. Course delivery systems and learning management systems
2. Instant Messaging
3. Chat
4. Internet forums
5. Blogs or Weblogs
6. Wikis

IV. Online Communities and Social Networks

1. Sociability
2. Usability
3. Communication
4. Community-centered development
5. Software for online communities
6. Sociability and usability guidelines for software.

V. Social Software

1. Social network search engines
2. Social bookmarking
3. Social navigation
4. Social citations and libraries
5. Peer-to-peer social networks
6. Collaborative real-time editing
7. Virtual presence
8. Virtual worlds and Massively-Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs)


Lecture notes, handouts from listed reference books.


R.M. Palloff and K. Pratt: Building Learning Communities in Cyberspace: Effective Strategies for the Online Classroom.San Francisco , CA : Jossey-Bass, 1999.
J. Preece: Online Communities: Designing Usability, Supporting Sociability. Chichester , UK : John Wiley & Sons, 2000.
G. Salmon: E-tivities: The Key to Active Online Learning. London , UK : Kogan Page, 2002.
T. Tschang, T. Della Senta (eds.): Access to Knowledge: New Information Technologies and the Emergence of the Virtual University. Amsterdam , The Netherlands : Elsevier Science, 2001.


ACM eLearn
ACM netWorker
International Journal of Man-Machine Studies
IEEE Transactions in Education
ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction
ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications
ACM Journal on Educational Resources in Computing
ACM Transactions on Internet Technology


The final grade will be computed from the following constituent parts:
mid-semester exam (20%),
final exam (20%),
assignments/presentations (20%), and
projects (40%).
Closed-book examination is used for both mid-semester and final exam.