Cases on Distance Delivery and Learning Outcomes: Emerging Trends and Programs

Cases on Distance Delivery and Learning Outcomes: Emerging Trends and Programs

Deb Gearhart (Troy University, USA)
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Release Date: October, 2009|Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 298
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-870-3
ISBN13: 9781605668703|ISBN10: 1605668702|EISBN13: 9781605668710
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Description:

As emerging technologies drive innovation, educators and administrators have an array of resources at their disposal. Thank to outstanding developments in technology which have greatly improved the delivery of distance education course delivery, the number of students and educators taking part in online education has grown exponentially.

Cases on Distance Delivery and Learning Outcomes: Emerging Trends and Programs provides a firm foundation of best practices for distance course delivery and learning outcomes in order to discuss the rapid developments in online education technologies. The cases presented in this reference publication detail best and emerging practices of distance education, issues that develop as distance education grows, and an international perspective on distance education. Discussing such topics as cost and design strategies of distance course design, communication and dealing with student conduct in distance courses, developing distance programs to meet student needs and how to manage the growth of these programs, as well as the use of new technology tools in distance courses, this essential reference publication provides professional developments through a case book for distance education practitioners, administrators, librarians, and students.

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The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Blended course delivery
  • Cost effectiveness of e-learning
  • Distance learning programs
  • Distance Technologies
  • E-learning for academic and commercial use
  • E-tutorials for test preparation
  • Object-oriented assessment in Desire2Learn
  • Online education studies
  • Online program growth management
  • Wikis in blended learning
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The cases of this book will provide the reader with an excellent basis of best practices for distance course delivery and learning outcomes, program based cases and cases from international authors. The field of distance education is often criticized for its lack of scholarly work to benefit the literature in the field. This case book will benefit the literature in a fast growing field.

– Deb Gearhart, Troy University, USA

This reference book on distance learning includes 15 solid chapters that emphasize the vitality of meeting the learning needs of today’s students in alignment with the learning objectives set by school administrations in higher education. It lays a good foundation for some of the curricular, pedagogical, ethical, technological, and cost-related affordances, issues, and challenges that design, development, delivery, implementation, and assessment of distance learning courses pose to schools, faculty, novice researchers, and students enrolled in these programs. With case studies additionally reporting on programs pertinent to e-Learning, online learning, and blended learning, it can be considered as one of the unique reference books in the field. Highly recommended.

– Seda Khadimally, School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix, USA
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Deb Gearhart is the director of eCampus for Troy University. Twenty one of Troy University’s degree programs are offered online. Dr. Gearhart has worked in the field of distance education for 23 years. Previously Deb served as the founding Director of E-Education Services at Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota and was there for the 11 years. Before joining Dakota State she spent 10 years with the Department of Distance Education at Penn State. Deb was an associate professor for educational technology at Dakota State University teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has co-authored at textbook entitled Designing and Developing Web-Based Instruction and is editing another publication titled Cases on Distance Delivery and Learning Outcomes: Emerging Trends and Programs, due out in 2009. Dr. Gearhart has earned a BA in Sociology from Indian University of Pennsylvania. She earned a M.Ed. in Adult Education with a distance education emphasis and an M.P.A. in Public Administration, both from Penn State. Deb completed her Ph.D. program in Education, with a certificate in distance education, from Capella University.
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