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The most comprehensive and authoritative text on the subject, DISTANCE EDUCATION, Third Edition, retains its emphasis on a systems approach to the organization and selection of material. The text is researched-based and grounded in solid principles of teaching and learning. The authors apply their broad experience and expertise as they explain how to design and teach courses online--including the latest technologies employed, characteristics of learners, organizational structures, and current policy and global perspectives.
- NEW! All technologies are updated to reflect current practices. These include the use of Web-based tools for learning, especially new Web 2.0 applications to sustain highly interactive learning environments (e.g. blogs, wikis, podcasting, conferencing, social networking) regardless of geographic locations. The book also discusses how older technologies such as the telephone, television, and print are being replaced by digital technologies including VOIP, videocasting, mobile phones, PDAs, and electronic books.
- NEW! The new edition explains how worldwide access to the Internet has transformed distance learning and the globalization of learning.
- NEW! Coverage of the many new administrative and policy initiatives affecting online learning reflects recent interest in the subject by university and other managers, and by state and federal policy makers.
- NEW! New key content covers new legislation and copyright issues, research on the effectiveness of online learning, concerns about academic integrity (i.e. “cheating”) in online learning, and strategies for the design of blended learning. Also new: standards for assessment of online course quality (SLOAN-C, Quality Matters) and online teaching (NACOL, ITSE), insight into how increasing technological literacy predisposes students towards online learning, and how the availability of powerful multimedia-authoring tools makes it faster and cheaper to produce online learning materials.
- NEW! New and improved pedagogy includes new examples and case studies, updated “Viewpoints” features, and thought provoking end-of-chapter discussion questions.
- This comprehensive and authoritative introduction to the field of distance education has been widely recognized by the academic community and is frequently cited in scholarly books and research articles.
- Students find the pedagogical features of this text very appealing, especially the chapter introductions, boxes on high-interest topics, cases, figures and tables, chapter summaries, and handy glossary.
- Written clearly and objectively, this is the only book that provides a systematic view of distance education.
- Incorporating research, a solid grounding in principles of teaching and learning, and a wealth of examples, the book serves as a major reference to the field of distance education.
2. The Historical Context.
3. The Scope of Distance Education.
4. Technologies and Media.
5. Course Design and Development.
6. Teaching and the Roles of the Instructor.
7. The Distance Education Student.
8. Management, Administration, and Policy.
9. The Theory and Scholarship of Distance Education.
10. Research and Studies of Effectiveness.
11. The Global Span of Distance Education.
12. Distance Education Is about Change.
Appendix: Sources of Further Information.