Reading list

In online learning, technology changes very quickly and research is often a bit behind the latest innovations. The reading list here is therefore tentative and will be updated at any time.


Note: if you are a student at the University of Edinburgh, don’t follow the links here. Instead, log in to MyEd and then go to the library tab, find the journal from the list of electronic journals, and then follow the link. You will then be able to get the full pdf article.

CALL journal [online]

International Journal on e-learning

Journal of Virtual Worlds Research

Language Learning & Technology Journal [online]

ReCALL Journal [online]

System journal

Books / articles
Anderson, T. and Elloumi, F. (eds). 2004. Theory and practice of online learning. Athabasca, Canada: Athabasca University.

Benson, P. 2007. Autonomy in language teaching and learning. Language Teaching, 40(01), p.21.

Cai, Y. and Guo, Y. 2006. Responses of Chinese Higher Education to the Information Society. E-learning, 3(3), pp.353-360.

Campbell, A.P. 2003. Weblogs for Use with ESL Classes. The Internet TESL Journal, 9(2). Available at:

Campbell, C. 2009. Learning in a different life: Pre-service education students using an online virtual world. Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, 2(1).

Conole, G. (2008). Listening to the learner voice: The ever changing landscape of technology use for language students. ReCALL, 20(2), 124–140

Dewinter, J. and Vie, S. 2008. Press Enter to “Say”: Using Second Life to Teach Critical Media Literacy. Computers and Composition, 25(3), pp.313-322.
Gee, J.P. 2007. Learning and Identity: What does it mean to be a halfelf? in What video games have to teach us about learning and literacy. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hampel, R., & Stickler, U. 2005 New skills for new classrooms. Training tutors to teach languages online. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 18(4), 311 – 326

Hasselbring, T.S. and Glaser, C. 2000. Use of computer technology to help students with special needs. The Future of children, 10(2), pp.102-22.

Heins, B, Duensing, A, Stickler, U, Batstone, C 2007 Spoken interaction in online and face-to-face language tutorials
Computer Assisted Language Learning vol 20/3

Herrington, J., Reeves, T and Oliver, R. Authentic Tasks Online: A synergy among learner, task, and technology. Distance Education, 27(2), pp.233-247.

Hirvela, A. 2006. Computer-mediated communication in ESL teacher education. ELT Journal, 60(3), pp.233-241.

Hockly, N and Clandfield, L 2010 Teaching online: Tools and techniques, options and opportunities Surrey: Delta Publishing

Hrastinski, S. 2009. A theory of online learning as online participation. Computers & Education, 52(1), pp.78-82.

Jarmon, L., Traphagan, T, Mayrath, M., Trivedi, A. 2009. Virtual world teaching, experiential learning, and assessment: An interdisciplinary communication course in Second Life. Computers & Education, 53(1), pp.169-182.

Kearsley G. 2005 Online learning: Personal reflections of the transformation of education. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Educational Technology Publications.

Kessler, G. and Bikowski, D. 2010. Developing collaborative autonomous learning abilities in computer mediated language learning: attention to meaning among students in wiki space. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 23(1), pp.41-58.

Latchem, C 2007 A Framework for Researching Asian Open and Distance Learning Distance Education vol 28/2

Liou, H.-C. and Lee, S. 2011. How Wiki-Based Writing Influences College Students’ Collaborative and Individual Composing Products, Processes, and Learners’ Perceptions. International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, 1(1), pp.45-61.

Lomicka, L. and Lord, G. 2007. Social presence in virtual communities of foreign language (FL) teachers. System, 35(2), pp.208-228.

Lund (2008) Wikis: a collective approach to language production ReCALL 20(1): 35-54

Lunsford, J. 2010. Using Handheld Technologies for Student Support: A Model. Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology, 6(1).

Middlehurst, R And S Woodfield 2006 Quality Review In Distance Learning: Policy And Practice In Five Countries Tertiary Education and Management 12: 37–58

Murray, L and Hourigan, T (2008) Blogs for specific purposes: Expressivist or socio-cognitivist approach? ReCALL 20(1): 82-97.

Nesson, R. and Nesson, C. 2008. The Case for Education in Virtual Worlds. Space and Culture, 11(3), pp.273-284.

Oxford, R. and Oxford, J. 2010. Second Language Teaching and Learning in the Net Generation. Language Learning & Technology, 14(1), pp.20-23.

Pemberton, L., Winter, M, and Fallahkhair, S. 2010. Collaborative Mobile Knowledge Sharing for Language Learners. Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology, 6(1).

Ramsay, G. 2005. Computer-mediated Communication and Culture: a comparison of “Confucian-heritage” and “Western” learner attitudes to asynchronous e-discussions undertaken in an Australian higher educational setting. e-learning, 2(3), pp.263-275.

Salmon, G 2011 E-Moderating: The key to online learning (3rd ed) London: Routledge

Salmon, G. 2009. The future for (second) life and learning. British Journal of Educational Technology, 40(3), pp.526-538.

Shortis, T 2001 The Language of ICT London: Routledge

Timucin, M. 2006. Implementing CALL in an EFL context. ELT Journal, 60(3), pp.262-271.

Warschauer, M. 2007. The paradoxical future of digital learning. Learning Inquiry, 1(1), pp.41-49.


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