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Online Distance Education

Towards a Research Agenda

Online Distance Education: Towards a Research Agenda offers a systematic overview of the major issues, trends, and areas of priority in online distance education research. In each chapter, an international expert or team of experts provides an overview of one timely issue in online distance education, summarizing major research on the topic, discussing theoretical insights that guide the research, posing questions and directions for future research, and discussing the implications for distance education practice as a whole. Intended as a primary reference and guide for distance educators, researchers, and policymakers, Online Distance Education addresses aspects of distance education practice that have often been marginalized, including issues of cost and economics, concerns surrounding social justice, cultural bias, the need for faculty professional development, and the management and growth of learner communities. At once soundly empirical and thoughtfully reflective, yet also forward-looking and open to new approaches to online and distance teaching, this text is a solid resource for researchers in a rapidly expanding discipline.


Table of Contents

Foreword - Otto Peters

Introduction Research Areas in Online Distance Education / Olaf Zawacki-Richter and Terry Anderson

part I       Macro-level Research: Distance Education Systems and Theories

Internationalization and Concepts of Social Justice: What Is to Be Done? / Alan Tait and Jennifer O'Rourke

Globalization, Culture, and Online Distance Learning / Charlotte N. Gunawardena

Distance Education Systems and Institutions in the Online Era: An Identity Crisis / Sarah Guri-Rosenblit

Online Distance Education Models and Research Implications / Terry D. Evans and Margaret Haughey

Methods of Study in Distance Education: A Critical Review of Selected Recent Literature / Farhad Saba

part II      Meso-level research: Management, Organization, and Technology

Organization and Management of Online and Distance Learning / Ross Paul

The Costs and Economics of Online Distance Education / Greville Rumble

The Use of Technology in Distance Education / Gráinne Conole

Innovation and Change: Changing How we Change / Jon Dron

Professional Development and Faculty Support / Margaret Hicks

Learner Support in Online Distance Education: Essential and Evolving / Jane E. Brindley

Quality Assurance in Online Distance Education / Colin Latchem

part III     Micro-level Research: Learning and Teaching in Distance Education

Major Movements in Instructional D

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