Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Administrative Leadership in Open and Distance Learning Programs


Köksal BÜYÜK, Ph.D., Anadolu University, Turkey
Serpil KOÇDAR, Ph.D., Anadolu University, Turkey
Aras BOZKURT, Ph.D., Ministry of Education, Turkey

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: September 30, 2016
Full Chapters Due: November 30, 2016
Submission Date: March 30, 2017


Open and distance Learning (ODL) is a generic term which defines many other practices such as distance education, distance learning, open learning, e-learning, m-learning, virtual learning, online learning, educational technology and learning technology. The globe has been witnessing an age in which change is an important factor and ODL is not immune to these emerging changes. Therefore, ODL should embrace the fundamental changes to survive in a rapidly advancing world. In this regard, one of the best strategies to survive and compete is to understand the administration and leadership in ODL, and identify future planning accordingly.


In digital knowledge age, some dynamics such as openness, changing learning characteristics, demand for quality assurance, networked learning opportunities, digital learning approaches and globalization affected traditional administrative processes. Thus, education in general, and open and distance learning in particular need to revisit administrative processes.

Within this context, the purpose of this book is to evaluate the past and present practices in open and distance learning in terms of administration and leadership of open and distance learning programs, and provide a map and guide for future practices.

Target Audience

The target audience of this book is professionals and researchers from any educational fields. This book addresses to the individuals, researchers and institutions. Faculty members and learners in distance education system can use this book to learn planning, organization and management of distance education as a premier resource book. Readers of this book can benefit from both theoretical and practical knowledge from researchers and organizations from the field.

Recommended Topics

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to the following:
Open and Distance Learning Administration
Leadership in Open and Distance Learning
Skills and competencies for leadership in ODL
Roles of leadership in administration of ODL
Challenges Faced in the Administration of Open and Distance Learning
Policy Development in Open and Distance Learning
Strategic Planning in Open and Distance Learning
Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Open and Distance Learning
Evaluation of Open and Distance Learning Programs
Economics of Open and Distance Learning
Administration of Information and Communication Technologies
Administration of Processes in Distance Education
Administration of Human Resources
Administration of Support Systems
Administration of Design and Delivery of Course Materials
Administration of Assessment Systems

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before September 30, 2016, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by October 15, 2016 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by November 30, 2016. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2017.

Important Dates

September 30, 2016: Proposal Submission Deadline
November 30, 2016: Full Chapter Submission
January 30, 2017: Review Results Returned
March 5, 2017: Revised Chapter Submission
March 15, 2017:Final Acceptance Notifications to Chapter Authorss


Köksal BÜYÜK,
Serpil KOÇDAR,