Higher Education

Distance Education: A Systems View of Online Learning, 3rd Edition

  • Michael G. Moore Pennsylvania State University
  • Greg Kearsley University of New England
  • ISBN-10: 1111520992  |  ISBN-13: 9781111520991
  • 384 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2005, 1996
  • © 2012 | Published
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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.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.

Table of Contents

1. Basic Concepts.
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.

What's New

  • 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.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Michael G. Moore

Michael G. Moore is Professor of Education at The Pennsylvania State University, where he has taught graduate courses in distance education for 23 years. He is known in academic circles for leadership in the scholarly study of distance education. He published the first statement of theory about distance education in English in 1972, and has achieved a number of other “firsts” in the field. These include teaching the first course in this subject at University of Wisconsin in the mid 70’s, conceiving and helping to start the national annual conference there, and establishing an online international network (Distance Education Online Symposium). He has practical experience of teaching in all technologies and of most client groups, has supervised numerous doctoral and Master’s degrees, and is emphasizing application of Web 2.0 technologies in teaching his Master’s degree online. Moore has over 30 years of unbroken service as an editor of distance education journals, and has served on editorial boards of all the main journals and on program committees for the International Council for Distance Education and similar organizations. He has published books, over 100 articles and monographs, and given presentations in over 30 countries. Consultancy work includes numerous projects for UNESCO and other United Nations agencies, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank. Honors include induction into the United States Distance Learning Association’s “Hall of Fame” in 2002.

Greg Kearsley

Greg Kearsley is currently the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Education at the University of New England, where he manages online programs with over 700 students and 40 faculty. He has written over 20 books and hundreds of technical articles on the topic of education and technology. He has taught and developed online courses for many institutions, including University of Maryland, University of Wisconsin, the George Washington University, Nova Southeastern University, and Walden University. He has also trained teachers and school administrators about online education, working with the North Central Regional Education Laboratory for a number of years. Dr. Kearsley has extensive experience in the training world as well, having designed online training programs for many corporations and government agencies. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in 1978.