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Online and Distance Education for a Connected World

A collection addressing the theory and practice of online and distance education.

The COVID-19 pandemic led to the widespread adoption of distance and online learning in higher education, which has presented opportunities for large-scale, inclusive, flexible, and engaging learning. This volume, assembled by the University of London’s Centre for Online and Distance Education, addresses the practice and theory of online and distance education, building on knowledge and expertise developed in the university across nearly a century and a half. Contributors explore important principles and highlight successful practices in areas such as course design and pedagogy, online assessment, open education, inclusive practice, and enabling students' voices. Case studies illustrate prominent issues and approaches. Together, the chapters offer current and future leaders and practitioners a practical, productive, practice- and theory-informed account of the present and likely future state of online and distance higher education worldwide.

482 pages | 4 line drawings | 6.125 x 9.1875

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Table of Contents

Preface: Learning from over 150 years of distance education
Mary Stiasny and Michael Davis

Centre for Online and Distance Education
Linda Amrane-Cooper
1 Online, distance, blended. It’s all just education
Stephen Brown

Section 1: Planning distance education

Introduction to Section 1
Stephen Brown
2 The student voice
Pete Cannell and Julie Voce

3 Exploring digital learning
J. Simon Rofe

4 Marketing digital education for an inclusive learning society
Endrit Kromidha and Benedetta Cappellini

5 Supporting employability
David Winter

6 Strategic models for distance education
Philip Powell, Mary Stiasny and Michael Davis

7 Open and distance learning in Nigeria: a case study
Stephen Brown and David Baume

Section 2: Doing distance education

Introduction to Section 2
Stephen Brown

8 Course design, pedagogy and staff development
David Baume and Matthew Phillpott

9 Interactive social learning and fostering learning communities
Ayona Silva-Fletcher and Christine Thuranira-McKeever

10 The Icarus simulation tool: a case study
Lynsie Chew and Alan Parkinson

11 Digitally supported assessment
Leo Havemann, Simon Katan, Edward Anstead, Marco Gillies, Joanna Stroud and Sarah Sherman

12 Taking assessment online – systems, issues and practices: a case study
Linda Amrane-Cooper, David Baume, Stylianos Hatzipanagos, Gwyneth Hughes and Alan Tait

13 Inclusive practice
Shoshi Ish-Horowicz, Diana Maniati, Nic Charlton, Danielle Johnson, Beatrice Hyams, Sarah Sherman and Sarah Gonnet

14 Retention and success: approaches and tools for making a difference
Gwyneth Hughes and Jo Harris

15 MOOCs for public health: a case study
Sally Parsley and Daksha Patel

16 Practising open education
Daksha Patel, Sally Parsley, Pete Cannell and Leo Havemann

17 Building the online library
Matthew Phillpott, Sandra Tury and Shoshi Ish-Horowicz

Section 3: Researching and evaluating distance education

Introduction to Section 3
Stephen Brown

18 Academic development, research and practice in distance education
David Baume

19 Monitoring and evaluating distance education
David Baume

20 Designing the future
Stephen Brown

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