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[book cover] Online Distance Education

edited by Olaf Zawacki-Richter and Terry Anderson

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June 2014

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Issues in Distance Education

Education / Education: Distance Education



About the Book

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.


About the Editors

Olaf Zawacki-Richter is professor of educational technology at the University of Oldenburg, and also teaches in the online Masters of Distance Education and E-Learning program offered jointly by the University of Oldenburg and the University of Maryland, University College.

Terry Anderson is professor and researcher in the Technology-Enhanced Knowledge Research Centre at Athabasca University. His research interests focus on interaction and social media in educational contexts. He is the editor of The Theory and Practice of Online Learning, 2nd ed., winner of the 2009 Charles E. Wedemeyer Award.



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DownloadList of Figures and Tables

Otto Peters

DownloadIntroduction: Research Areas in Online Distance Education
Olaf Zawacki-Richter and Terry Anderson

Part I. Macro-level Research: Distance Education Systems and Theories

เกมส์ยิงปลาออนไลน์Download1. Internationalization and Concepts of Social Justice: What Is to Be Done?
Alan Tait and Jennifer O'Rourke

Download2. Globalization, Culture, and Online Distance Learning
Charlotte N. Gunawardena

Download3. Distance Education Systems and Institutions in the Online Era: An Identity Crisis
Sarah Guri-Rosenblit

Download4. Online Distance Education Models and Research Implications
Terry D. Evans and Margaret Haughey

Download5. Methods of Study in Distance Education: A Critical Review of Selected Recent Literature
Farhad Saba

Part II. Meso-level research: Management, Organization, and Technology

Download6. Organization and Management of Online and Distance Learning
Ross Paul

Download7. The Costs and Economics of Online Distance Education
Greville Rumble

Download8. The Use of Technology in Distance Education
Gráinne Conole

Download9. Innovation and Change: Changing How we Change
Jon Dron

Download10. Professional Development and Faculty Support
Margaret Hicks

Download11. Learner Support in Online Distance Education: Essential and Evolving
Jane E. Brindley

Download12. Quality Assurance in Online Distance Education
Colin Latchem

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

Download13. Major Movements in Instructional Design
Katy Campbell and Richard. A. Schwier

Download14. Interaction and Communication in Online Learning Communities: Toward an Engaged and Flexible Future
Dianne Conrad

Download15. Quantitative Analysis of Interaction Patterns in Online Distance Education
Allan Jeong

Download16. From the Back Door into the Mainstream: The Characteristics of Lifelong Learners
Joachim St?ter, Mark Bullen, Olaf Zawacki-Richter, and Christine von Prümmer

Download17. Student Dropout: The Elephant in the Room
Alan Woodley and Ormond Simpson

เกมส์ยิงปลาออนไลน์DownloadConclusion: Towards a Research Agenda
Terry Anderson and Olaf Zawacki-Richter






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“It is impossible in this short review to represent the breadth and depth of the chapters in this volume. Suffice it to say at this point that there is a cornucopia of recommendations for research agendas or projects throughout the chapters. Journal editors as well as faculty, who research and teach in online distance education, may find that this book increases their awareness of the research gaps. [...] This volume is an eye-opener, and it should be on the desk or device of every distance education researcher and student.”

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