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Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices

Release Date: August, 2009. Copyright © 2010. 376 pages.
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DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-830-7, ISBN13: 9781605668307, ISBN10: 1605668303, EISBN13: 9781605668314
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The expanding field of adult learning encompasses the study and practice of utilizing sound instructional design principals, technology, and learning theory as a means to solve educational challenges and human performance issues relating to adults, often occurring online.

Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices disseminates current issues and trends emerging in the field of adult e-learning and online instruction for the design of better products and services. This advanced publication provides theoretical understanding of the essential links between authentic learning, social psychology, instructional design, e-learning, online education, and various additional methods of adult learning.


Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Chapter 1
Judith Parker
While the online adult learners are growing in numbers, the diversity in what motivates them and what they expect from an online course has grown as... Sample PDF
The Online Adult Learner: Profiles and Practices
Chapter 2
Kathryn Dixon, Robert Dixon
A longitudinal study of students in the Training and Development program at Curtin University of Technology has been undertaken in an attempt to... Sample PDF
Online Pedagogical Effectiveness in Adult Contexts
Chapter 3
Lawrence A. Tomei
The escalating infusion of online education to promote lifelong learning has triggered a re-examination of teaching and learning not witnessed since... Sample PDF
A Theoretical Model for Designing Online Education in Support of Lifelong Learning
Chapter 4
Terry T. Kidd
The purpose of this chapter is to explore prior research associated with the history of eLearning. While issues related to the eLearning, technology... Sample PDF
A Brief History of eLearning
Chapter 5
Patsy D. Moskal, Charles Dziuban, Joel Hartman
The authors describe the distributed learning program (Online@UCF) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) that serves a number of adult... Sample PDF
Online Learning: A Transforming Educational Environment for Adults in Higher Education
Chapter 6
Jozenia T. Colorado, Dusti Howell
“Education over the Internet will be the next big killer application,” says John Chambers, President and CEO of Cisco Systems. He also states that... Sample PDF
The Role of Individual Learner Differences and Success in the Online Learning Environments
Chapter 7
Patricia Sendall, Raymond J. Shaw, Kim Round, Jane T. Larkin
The purpose of this chapter is: (1) to examine the interrelationship between andragogy and online learning; (2) to uncover the hidden challenges to... Sample PDF
Fear Factors: Hidden Challenges to Online Learning for Adults
Chapter 8
David Lewis, Edward Chen
The Internet became available to the general public in the mid 1990’s. At that time, a few institutions starting using the net as a vehicle for... Sample PDF
Factors Leading to a Quality E-Learning Experience
Chapter 9
Terry A. Morris
Even with the convenience of anytime/anywhere online learning, adult learners still encounter barriers and challenges. This chapter explores the... Sample PDF
Anytime/Anywhere Online Learning: Does It Remove Barriers for Adult Learners?
Chapter 10
Patrick R. Lowenthal
The theory of social presence is perhaps the most popular construct used to describe and understand how people socially interact in online learning... Sample PDF
The Evolution and Influence of Social Presence Theory on Online Learning
Chapter 11
Flávia Amaral Rezende
The rapid dissemination and integration of the World Wide Web (also known as Internet), and its related technologies, has resulted in major growth... Sample PDF
Pedagogical Mediator as the Strategic Competence at University Professors Building in Constructionist Online Environment
Chapter 12
Nishikant Sonwalkar
This chapter starts with the metaphor of educational slavery to indicate conventional mode of teaching practiced in the class room with a... Sample PDF
The Paradigm Shift for Adult Education: From Educational Slavery to Learning Freedom of Human Brain with Synaptic Learning
Chapter 13
J.O. Osiki
Fundamental in today’s Distance Higher education (DHE) in the African sub-regions, is how to continue to harness the dividends inherent in the... Sample PDF
Empowering the Culture of Quality Research within Ethical Standards in Distance Education
Chapter 14
Niki Phillips, Marianthi Karatza, Argiris Tzikopoulos
The rapid pace of social change deriving from technological and financial revolution and globalization, effects greatly people’s lives. Adults... Sample PDF
Developing Social Skills through an On-line Learning Environment: A Qualitative Study
Chapter 15
Patrick R. Lowenthal, Nancy L. Leech
As online education continues to grow, it is becoming increasingly important to understand the nuances of online learning. However, to date... Sample PDF
Mixed Research and Online Learning: Strategies for Improvement
Chapter 16
Muhammet Demirbilek
Digital games are a strong motivating and engaging factor in adult learning. When students are engaged in the learning process, they learn and... Sample PDF
Digital Games for Online Adult Education: Trends and Issues
Chapter 17
Jeffrey Hsu, Karin Hamilton
Adult learner students are becoming a key segment of the undergraduate college market; however, adults have a different set of needs, orientations... Sample PDF
Applying Distance Learning and Structural/Pedagogical Methods to an Adult Learner Program: The Case of Global Business Management
Chapter 18
Claremarie Verheyen, Youmei Liu
This chapter will explain how we have integrated the Course Management System-WebCT into the teaching of Costume History at the University of... Sample PDF
A Costume Odyssey a.k.a. Teaching Costume History in a 21st Century Classroom
Chapter 19
Shahron Williams van Rooij
This chapter reports the results of a case study in which the final project outcomes of small virtual instructional design teams using Project... Sample PDF
Project Management for Project-Based Learning: A Case Study of Course Projects with Small Virtual Instructional Design Teams
Chapter 20
Vicky Gilpin
This study examines the perspectives of adult learners in an online Educational Leadership doctoral program. A qualitative survey research... Sample PDF
Perspectives of Online Doctoral Students in Educational Leadership
Chapter 21
Royce Ann Collins, Jeff Zacharakis
In the present consumer educational market, educational institutions are rapidly incorporating more online opportunities. The various issues that... Sample PDF
Impact of E-Learning on Adult Education: A Changing Postmodern Approach
Chapter 22
Xenia Coulter, Alan Mandell
The adult college student, caught between the competing demands of work and home, has recently become a valuable commodity in today’s fast-changing... Sample PDF
Nontraditional Students and Information Technology: The Siren Call of the Virtual Classroom and its Impact on Progressive Educational Ideals

Reviews and Testimonials

The editor, Terry Kidd, has accomplished the objective and mission of this book by bringing together different perspectives as they relate to adult learning and eLearning. Terry’s diligence, persistence, and dedication to educational enlightenment are insightful! This new book truly provides new frontiers for teaching practices.

– Carolyn Ashe, University of Houston-Downtown, USA

What we know about online learners may not always be addressed fruitfully through our teaching, which is why it is important to read studies like those presented in this anthology, in which authors share their successes and failures, as well as contemporary research on the subject.

– Diane Martinez: Diane Martinez is a writing specialist for Kaplan University’s online Writing Center and a PhD student at Utah State University.

Topics Covered

  • Developing social skills through online learning
  • Distance learning
  • Empowering the culture of quality research
  • Ethical standards in distance education
  • Games for online adult education
  • Hidden challenges to online learning
  • Instructional quality of e-learning
  • Mixed methods research
  • Online education and adult learning
  • Online learning environment
  • Pedagogical mediator
  • Role of individual learner
  • Social implications of e-learning


Online and web based courses within the scope of distance education has become popular with both students and educational institutions as the new mediums to deliver educational programs and opportunities. For universities and other educational programs, online learning is an excellent way to reach students in diverse and distant locations. Given their popularity and increased use, it is important that administrators and educators alike monitor teaching practices within this new frontier as this medium become ever more ubiquitous. Hopefully, this type of monitoring and feedback may help in modifying and improving the learning environment and education programs so that online education can function as desired by all parties, including the adult learning population.

With this ideal, the purpose of Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices serves to identify the factors that affect adult learning in an online educational environment. The information presented in this text will lead to the development and implementation of innovative strategies to promote quality teaching and student learning via online and ICT enhanced learning opportunities.

In order to effectively develop a conducive environment for adult learner in an online environment, instructional designers, educators, trainers, and facilitators must pay particular attention to the design of instruction, modes of delivery, instructional and teaching practices, as well as the technologies employed to disseminate the learning to adults. Only then can we as master educators begin to harness the power of online learning.

Concerted efforts in online learning have the potential to generate new patterns of teaching and learning for adult learners. This idea is strongly linked to recent developments in information and communication technologies and new patterns of information access and learning. With current evidence online education and advances in technology may lead to innovation in mainstream education, and may even have effects beyond the realm of education itself. Online education through quality learning opportunities therefore, plays a decisive role in the creation of the global knowledge-based society.

In order to understand this new frontier for teaching practice, Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices serves to bridge adult learning methods with ICT advancements, pedagogy, and with factors that affect adult learning online. A large component of this text relates to the principles and theories of learning including the adult learning methodology or andragogy, active learning principles, and ICT strategies. Additionally, instructional design, learning communities, learning management systems, web based instruction, and social networking are as equally important to the themes outlined in this text.

As the fascination with online education continues to grow, the World Wide Web will continue to offers a worldwide forum in which to teach courses and empower adult learners. One can assume, for example, that each adult at any time has an excellent resource of information at his or her disposal. Course material from the educator’s perspective can be dynamically updated and linked across several related sources. Course text, examples and exercises can be interactive in the sense of immediately lustrating equations with graphs, changing parameters and seeing the results, linking to other web-sites according to the interests of the student. As online educational environments continue, this frontier will essentially free education from the limitations of space and time, while reaching adult learners around the world with great ease.

Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices presents learning models that offers educators and students a wealth of information that was never possible in the classical educational model. The possibility of linking these ideals together worldwide in a multitude of formats creates a remarkably rich medium for learning. Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices is not merely duplicate of an original discussion, but rather a structured conversation used to spark the burning desire to continue strong teaching practices online. Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices represents a new type of discussion that takes full advantage of emerging web and multimedia technologies in order to achieve an effective yet enjoyable learning process. Thus, with Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices concepts are introduced in innovative ways – ways that involve the adult learner and integrate them into the learning process online. Moreover, Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices links to vast resources available worldwide and introduces new levels of value to online educational opportunities.

Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices can be envisioned as a dynamically-evolving resource that will prove beneficial to both adult learner and instructors alike, making it a great source of strategies and content. In the light of this text, Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices presents evident that assists in the design of online educational opportunities for adult learning. Thus, Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices teaches that online educational opportunities are developed through the efforts of a team of professionals with a complementary range of skills, as opposed to classical course design, which is typically developed by faculty alone. Designer and educators alike will have opportunities to see teaching practices and principles made alive for the next generation of learning. The richness of Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices allows for unlimited creativity when it comes to online educational development. Such richness offers educators new opportunities to develop innovative learning material while posing a challenge in that it requires faculty to rethink their own teaching practices online. In order to best serve adult learners and related stakeholders Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices takes an active look at effective practices and strategies that inform online education. It is not enough for educational institutions to just give financial resources, hardware and software, however, they should fundamentally equip online educators to effectively teach, engage, extend, and enhance the adult learner’s educational experience.

By equipping the all stakeholder for effective teaching practices within an online environment, Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices offers effective design strategies, content, learning templates, materials, and models to further quality teaching and active student engagement online. It is important to understand that in order to foster an environment conducive to effective learning in the online atmosphere, we must pay close attention to the factors that affect instructional quality as discussed in this new frontier of learning. For such research, the future seems very bright and encouraging. This theme will be repeated as other aspects of online learning come under scrutiny. We know enough at this point to optimize quality in visual aesthetics, however the instructional quality and quality of deliver is more difficult to define and measure; that is why Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices offers to fill this gap with strategies, process, and procedure effectively engage all stakeholders in the development of online education.

In order to provide the best balanced coverage of concepts and issues related to the topics of this book, current researchers from around the world were asked to submit their chapter describing their unique coverage of online education and adult learning and the new teaching practices associated with such innovation. Each chapter submission began with the proposal phase. Following the submission phase, each proposal was submitted for blind reviewed by a team of reviewers who indicated the accepted or rejection of the chapter proposal. Following the proposal review phase, each author was then given permission to complete their own chapters for the book.

After completing their respective chapter, the chapter was then submitted once again for blind peer review once more. After a two round rigorous referred processed of two reviewers, the chapters that were strong and favorable from the reviewers were chosen as entries for this book. The ideas presented in this book were assembled by the best minds in the online learning field. Further, the chapters authored were selected based on the author’s expertise and leadership roles within the field as well as their unique perspective they tell relating to the subject.

As a result of the double blind submission process, Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices highlights current concepts, issues and emerging trends relating to online education and adult learning. To this end, Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices offers twenty two chapters that highlights the history of online learning, transition strategies from face to face learning to online learning, hidden challenges to online education, strategies for instructional quality, how to empower adult learners through online education, the use of educational games in online learning, theoretical model for designing online education, online pedagogical effectiveness in adult contexts, impact of e-learning on adult education, and the impact of online education on progressive educational ideals.

With the mix of educational perspectives outlined in this book, a wide range of perspectives are covered to meet the needs of everyone. This book highlights online education and new associated teaching practices as a growing field of study which uses ICTs are a means to solve online educational and learning challenges. The chapters are not organized by industry; instead, they are divided into three major themes: introduction to online education, new frontiers for online and teaching practices, and finally case studies for online education.

For all practical purposes Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices discusses various methods and tools for assessment, testing and evaluation of effective online educational practices. For the future developments of online education and associated teaching practices, this book presents information concerning the history, trends and major issues facing online teaching and learning. In the end, this book contains a wide range of ideas, examples, guidelines, stories, models, and solution all with the basic premise improving teaching practices online.

As online education continues to grow in order to meet the needs of adult learning Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices will continue to serve the purpose of supporting quality instructional and teaching practices online. As advancement in ICT’s reach a diversity of people and online educational opportunities reach new territories, we can help and support to empower adult learners and related stakeholders throughout the world.

With the diverse and comprehensive coverage of multiple perspectives in online education and its associated teaching practices, this authoritative book, Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices will contribute to a better understanding all topics, research, and discoveries in this evolving, significant field of study. Further, the contributions included in this book will be instrumental in expanding of the body of knowledge in this vast field. The coverage of this book will provide strength and support as a reference resource for both online education and their associated teaching practices. Not only will Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices provide support for better decision makers in obtaining a greater understanding of the concepts, issues, problems, trends, challenges and opportunities associated with online education, however Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices will continue to provide all stakeholders with the curiosity to seek better ways of teaching online.

It is my sincere hope that this publication and the amount of information presented will assist all major stakeholders in enhancing their understanding of this adult learning and online education as well as to effectively design and implement strong yet high quality online educational opportunities for our global society. Perhaps this publication will inspire its readers to contribute to the current body of research in this immense field, tapping into possibilities to assist educational institutions in making all educational opportunities open to participants.

    Terry T. Kidd
    Texas A&M University, USA

Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Terry T. Kidd received his doctoral education training from the Texas A&M University and has previous graduate training in information systems, human resources development, and instructional technology. Kidd has presented at international conferences on designing technology rich learning environments, technology adoption and diffusion, and issues dealing with faculty and staff development. His research interests include e-learning and ICT innovation and its diffusion within an educational and community context to support teaching, learning, and human capital development. Kidd is an experienced educator, consultant, and researcher in the field. He is the editor of the Handbook of Research on Instructional Systems Technology; the Handbook of Research on Technology Project Management, Planning, and Operations; Social Information Technology: Connecting Society and Cultural Issues; and Wired for Learning: An Educators Guide to Web 2.0.


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