Distance Learning Technologies: Issues, Trends and Opportunities

Distance Learning Technologies: Issues, Trends and Opportunities

Linda K. Lau (Longwood University, USA)
Release Date: July, 1999|Copyright: © 2000 |Pages: 252
ISBN13: 9781878289803|ISBN10: 1878289802|EISBN13: 9781930708525|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-878289-80-3

Description

In today's technology-crazed environment, distance learning is touted as a cost-effective option for delivering employee training and higher education programs, such as bachelor's, master's and even doctoral degrees.

Distance Learning Technologies: Issues, Trends and Opportunities provides readers with an in-depth understanding of distance learning and the technologies available for this innovative media of learning and instruction. It traces the development of distance learning from its history to suggestions of a solid strategic implementation plan to ensure its successful and effective deployment.

Reviews and Testimonials

Distance Learning Technologies: Issues, Trends, and Opportunities"Distance Learning Technologies: Issues, Trends, and Opportunities is an indispensable resource for anyone considering integrating distance learning into their curriculum. The content pertaining to the many different methodologies, most assuredly establishes an underlying foundation of what is necessary to develop an effective educational environment, whether it be on site on in a remote learning facility."

– Chad HicksAT&T

Excellent overview of interactive distance learning technologies. Academians and practitioners share their research and experiences on developing distance learning courses or training using the Internet as their primary device. It covers such various issues as theoretical foundation, strategic planning, structural design, success factors, quality control and much more in this area. It is a must read for those who are interested in distance learning.
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– Mabel QiuDepartment of ISDSVirginia State University

This book provides a comprehensive review of what distance learning is about, which includes theory, tools, strategies, and particle implications. The cases presented in the latter part of the book strongly support the principle and theory described in the book.

– Khamsouk KhamAT&T Network Evolution

This book is a very useful resource for managers and institutional administrators who are interested in utilizing distance learning as a significant innovative tool for employee training and advance degree education.

– Dr. Yu Cheng Shen

This book should be of interest to those engaged in distance education programs, regardless of the particular technology facilities they have available for use. The advice given and the experiences described are not tied to a specific technology or programming system, so that the readers will be able to make broad application of the book's content. The emphasis of the book is on developing and implementing effective educational strategies and understanding implications.

– Roger Grice, Rensselaer Polytechnic, USA

The book presents a comprehensive overview of contemporary distance learning technologies, both in the sense of a product and a process. Therefore, the contents of the chapters deal successfully with a number of theoretical issues and practical considerations. Each chapter describes conceptual frameworks, guiding principles, critical steps, current technologies, and future trends in their respective areas. The case studies contribute to the development of an in-depth understanding of the important issues by relating theoretical explanations to practical challenges in order to create strong distance learning alternatives. In this respect, the book is a useful guide for those who are interested in technology-based distance learning, particularly policy makers, managers, and practitioners.

– Reviewed for Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education by Professor Ali Simsek, Andoulu University, Turkey Please visit for full review: http://tojde.anadolu.edu.tr.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Linda K. Lau, Ph.D. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) is a financial consultant associate with Salomon Smith Barney, Inc. in Richmond, VA. For the past five years, she was an Assistant Professor and Discipline Coordinator for MIS in the School of Business and Economics at Longwood College, Farmville, VA. She was the author and co-author of numerous articles and an ad-hoc reviewer of the Information Resource Management Journal and SAM Advanced Management Journal. She was listed in Who's Who Among American Teachers, 5th Edition (1998), and in International Who's Who of Professionals for the Year 1997. Her past research interests include using the Behavioral Anchored Rating Scales (BARS) for employee performance evaluations, developing Web pages, writing applets using Java programming language, and distance learning.