The Distance Education Evolution: Issues and Case Studies

The Distance Education Evolution: Issues and Case Studies

Dominique Monolescu (Temple University, USA), Catherine Schifter (Temple University, USA) and Linda Greenwood (Temple University, USA)
Release Date: July, 2003|Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 346
ISBN13: 9781591401209|ISBN10: 1591401208|EISBN13: 9781591401216|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-120-9


The Distance Education Evolution: Case Studies addresses issues regarding the development and design of online courses, and the implementation and evaluation of an online learning program. Several chapters include design strategies for online courses that range from the specific to the universal.

Many authors address pedagogical issues from both a theoretical and applied perspective. This diverse compilation of contributions by Temple University administrators and faculty gives a comprehensive overview of the distance education experience that can serve as a guide to others interested in providing quality distance education.

Reviews and Testimonials

This book is a must read for anyone interested in Distance Education! Part I of the book explores many of the central issues that will be faced by anyone who is involved in developing and implementing a Distance Education course, especially one using an online format. This section provides a wealth of valuable information and guidelines. Part II presents some practical applications of Distance Education in various academic disciplines. These interesting illustrations serve as models for course development and provide further insights into the many practical considerations related to Distance Education. An excellent resource on Distance Education in academia! I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested or involved in this area.

– Dr. Charles R. Crowell, Director of the Computer Applications Program, Notre Dame University, USA

Written almost entirely by Temple University's OLL faculty members, this book provides theoretical guidance and best practices for a pedagogically sound adoption of technology in distance education courses and programs.

– Reviewed for Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education by Dr. Ugur Demiray, Anadolu University, Turkey Please visit for full review:

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Dominique Monolescu, Ph.D. is the Interim Director of Temple University’s Online Learning Program and an Adjunct Faculty Member at Arcadia University. Her research, primarily in distance education, student and faculty interaction, online focus groups, desktop videoconferencing, and virtual conferences, has appeared in such journals as Internet and Higher Education and the American Journal of Distance Education. She holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Temple University, and a B.A. in Business and a B.A. in Special Education from Mackenzie University, Brazil.
Catherine Schifter, PhD, is an associate professor in curriculum, instruction, and technology in education at Temple University (USA), a Carnegie Scholar (2000-2001), and Director of the Temple Online Learning Program (1996-2000). Currently, Dr. Schifter is the Chair of the Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology in Education Department in the College of Education. Her most recent scholarship has been in reviewing national trends for distance education faculty support models in higher education, and evaluation of faculty development programs for infusing technology into classrooms in K-12 education.
Linda Greenwood is a doctoral student in the Mass Media and Communication Program in the School of Communications and Theater at Temple University, USA. As an Adjunct Lecturer and Teaching Assistant, she has taught courses in public speaking, political communication, and media studies and received the International Communication Association (ICA) award for excellence in Graduate Assistance Teaching. Linda graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a B.A. in English and earned an M.A. in rhetoric and communication from Temple University. She is currently writing her dissertation on the effects of virtual desktop environments and computer-mediated communication on political attitudes and behavior.