There are many books about e-learning and online learning, so why did the authors decide to write another one? What makes this book different is its synthesis of online leaning and an attempt to locate online learning alongside the wider evolution of higher education policy and practice. It is our view that online learning cannot be seen in isolation from these wider important transitions. This book seeks to locate online learning and its arrival in the wider context of what is happening in higher education and practice. It deals with the entanglement of online learning and technological change with other major social changes and already-existing important developments in learning theory.