Encyclopedia of Distance Learning (4 Volumes)

Encyclopedia of Distance Learning (4 Volumes)

Caroline Howard (HC Consulting, USA), Judith V. Boettcher (Designing for Learning, USA), Lorraine Justice (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong), Karen D. Schenk (K. D. Schenk and Associates Consulting, USA), Patricia L. Rogers (Bemidji State University, USA) and Gary A. Berg (California State University Channel Islands (Retired), USA)
Release Date: April, 2005|Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 2418
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-555-9
ISBN13: 9781591405559|ISBN10: 1591405556|EISBN13: 9781591405542
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Description & Coverage

The innovations in computer and communications technologies combined with on-going needs to deliver educational programs to students regardless of their physical locations, have lead to the innovation of distance education programs and technologies. To keep up with recent developments in both areas of technologies and techniques related to distance education programs, educators, administrators, and researchers are in constant needs of learning about issues, solutions, and challenges of these technologies.

The Encyclopedia of Distance Learning offers the most comprehensive coverage of the issues, concepts, trends, and technologies of distance learning. Over 400 international contributors from over 35 countries have provided extensive coverage of topics such as workforce training, accessing education, digital divide, and the evolution of distance and online education into a multibillion dollar enterprise. This 4-volume set encyclopedia is edited by leading international experts with multiple years of professional and academic experience in the field. With more than 2,000 terms and definitions and over 6,000 additional references, this authoritative 4-volume encyclopedia is considered the foremost reference source for the latest understanding, discoveries, and research in the field of distance learning. The Encyclopedia of Distance Learning (4 volume set) is an excellent source of comprehensive knowledge and literature on the topic of distance learning programs.


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

  • Accreditation for distance learning programs
  • Administration and leadership of online learning
  • Best practices in distance learning technologies and applications
  • Best practices in instructional design
  • Best practices in virtual universities
  • Best use of adaptive technologies
  • Coverage of teaching issues and trends
  • Faculty, student and staff issues of online learning
  • International computer-based learning, pedagogy, theory and practices
  • International intellectual copyright issues
  • International issues in technology
  • International management practices
  • International public policy issues
  • New landscape of online learning and change processes
  • Online learning and teaching methodologies
  • Online learning as a supplement to classroom learning
  • Practices by geographical location
  • Technology and tools for building infrastructure for online learning
  • Tools and programs for special learners
  • University/corporate alliances in support of online learning
Reviews and Testimonials

"It will provide libraries with valuable resources and needed context to understand the constantly evolving world of distance learning."

– Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, Vol. 11(4) 2006

Recommended for academic libraries and larger public libraries serving distance learning programs.

– Library Journal, March 15, 2006

The contributors to the work provide exceptionally inclusive research and reporting on the subject of distance learning, specifically as it applies to online learnng.

– Education Libraries Volume 28, No.2 Winter 2005

"This encyclopedia is an excellent reference tool for college, university, large public, or special libraries."

– CHOICE, October 2005, Vol. 43 No. 2

One of the main contributions of the Encyclopedia of Distance Learning is its extensive coverage of topics regarding distance learning.

– Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education (TOJDE), July 2005, Volume 6 (3)

...the Encyclopedia of Distance Learning may be valuable for academic collections serving students with high interest in distance education.

– Reference & User Services Quarterly 45(3)

These four volumes will, I predict, become a standard reference at a time of increased convergence of traditional and Internet-based teaching and learning. Collectively, they provide an extensive map of the field in 2005 and a snapshot of its increasingly complex parts.

– Journal of Distance Education

The material is all original and would be worth the price for an institution that deals with distance learning to any degree to have in their library.

– American Reference Books Annual (ARBA) online 2006

The four-volume set of the Encyclopedia of Distance Learning is full of quality work, knowledgeable contributions, and stimulation of ideas for research that is second to none.

– International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, Volume 3, Issue 4

"This is a truly global encyclopedia of computer-based distance learning, both in terms of the coverage of topics and in terms of contributors."

– Prof. Adams Bodomo, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

"This encyclopedia covers essentials of distance education, be its theory, pedagogy, management, technology, organization, finances, staff development or assessment. It shall serve the purpose of one stop reference source."

– Prof. Ramesh Sharma, Indira Gandhi National Open University, India

The Encyclopedia of Distance Learning is the most comprehensive source currently available on the topic.

– Prof. Ellen Cohn, University of Pittsburgh, USA

In these times of high connectivity, the knowledge sharing within this encyclopedia is its greatest strength. This collection of professional practice will serve as a useful tool for the distance education community and those wishing to join.

– Prof. Elspeth McKay, RMIT University, Australia

I have never seen such an elaborate presentation of all facets of distance learning applications and technologies in a single place.

– Veer Sain Batra, Canadian Pacific Ships, Canada

The Encyclopedia of Distance Learning gives a unique chance for educators worldwide to stay updated with recent developments in a wide range of issues related to distance learning, and serves as a great stimulus for new members to join the community of distance education.

– Prof. Victoria Tuzlukova, Rostov State Pedagogical University, Russia

"This is a commendable effort by the authors and the editors to have broken the ground in compiling this unique material at this time when Distance Education (DE) is becoming a global practice more especially in widening accessibility to education."

– Prof. Dele Braimoh, National University of Lesotho, Southern Africa

A comprehensive reference useable by academic researchers and practical managers alike.

– Prof. William Benjamin Martz, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, USA

The Encyclopedia of Distance Learning is a useful resource for distance educators, practitioners and learners, providing insights to all facets of distance learning applications and technologies.

– Dip. Inf. Arun Kumar Tripathi, Msc. Research Assistant, Department of Philosophy of Technology, Dresden University of Technology, Germany

The strengths of the Encyclopedia of Distance Learning are immediately obvious: 400 international contributors, 2,000 terms and definitions, 6,000 references. It is a major undertaking and praiseworthy accomplishment to assemble such a wide range of articles and authors on nearly every imaginable distance learning topic.

– John Taylor, University of Northern Colorado, USA
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Editor/Author Biographies
Caroline Howard (PhD) is an author, editor, consultant, and educator. She is an independent academic. Prior to becoming online faculty, she was on the faculty of Emory University's Goizueta Business School and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Caroline holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in management information systems from the University of California - Irvine where she received honors for her teaching and research. She has published a number of articles on technology and learning. Her books include the first and 2nd editions of the Encyclopedia of Distance Learning (2005 and 2009), Winning the Net Game: Becoming Profitable Now that the Web Rules have Changed (Entrepreneur Press, 2002), The Design and Management of Effective Distance Learning Programs (2002), and Distance Learning and University Effectiveness: Changing Educational Paradigms for Online Learning (2005).
Judith Boettcher Ph. D., is a consultant and author in the areas of designing for learning, faculty development, and the future trends of technology in teaching and learning. Dr. Boettcher is also a Lecturer at the University of Florida in Distance, Continuing, and Executive Education. Prof. Boettcher has consulted with a wide range of major universities and organizations; has been a Syllabus Scholar since 1996; and serves on a number of editorial and academic advisory boards. Dr. Boettcher has been involved with the leading edge implementation of technologies for online and distance instruction for over 25 years; and has authored and edited many articles and books on these topics.
Lorraine Justice Ph. D., is currently at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Dr. Justice has served in higher education for the past fifteen years, teaching in the areas of industrial design and human computer interface design. She has published and presented her work worldwide on topics such as interface design. She assists educational institutions worldwide with curriculum development. Dr. Justice was responsible for organizing the First China-USA Industrial Design Conference in Beijing, and the First Doctoral Education in Design Conference in Ohio. Dr. Justice was recently made a Fellow of the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA). She has twice served on the Business Week/IDSA IDEA jury for best products and is a jurist for international paper competitions.
Karen D. Schenk Ph. D., is a professor of Information Systems at the University of Redlands, California, and North Carolina State University, teaching courses in Information Technology and Systems Design. Her research has focused on distance education, lifelong learning, decision support systems and human-computer interfaces. She is currently Senior Partner of K. D. Schenk and Associates Consulting, working with companies on decision support systems development and IT internal customer relationships. Prof. Schenk is the co-editor of two books “The Design & Management of Effective Distance Learning Programs”, 2002, Information Science Publishing, and the book “Distance Learning and University Effectiveness”, 2004, Information Science Publishing.
Patricia L. Rogers, PhD, is currently the Interim Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Ecology and the School of Graduate Studies at Bemidji State University. Recently, she was the Dean of the School of Education and Graduate Studies at Valley City State University. Dr. Rogers has doctoral preparation in both Art Education and Instructional Systems and Technology from the University of Minnesota. Recently, she was a Professor and graduate program coordinator at Bemidji State University in the department of Professional Education. She is a member of the Minnesota Commissioner of Education's Online Learning Advisory Council and is currently the past-CHAIR of the Minnesota Online Council. Dr. Rogers is a Getty Fellow (1996 Dissertation Fellowship from the Getty Center for Arts in Education) and a Fulbright Scholar (2000-2001) working on designing distance-learning programs in Iceland (Iceland University of Education: Kennarahaskola Islands). She consults internationally on e- learning, is the author of several articles on instructional technology, and regularly presents at technology and education conferences. She was the keynote speaker at UT 2001, a technology and education conference held in Reykjavik, Iceland, and presented follow-up research at The Learning Conference in London, England July 2003 and the Hawaii International Conference on Education in January 2004. Recent work includes the publication of an edited book: -Designing Instruction for Technology-Enhanced Learning (2002),- and is an editor of the Encyclopedia of Distance Learning Teaching, and Technology Applications published in 2005. A second edition is in process.
Gary A. Berg, PhD, MFA, is the author/editor of nine books including The Rise of Women in Higher Education: How, Why, and What's Next, and Low-Income Students and the Perpetuation of Inequality, and numerous academic journal articles, as well as interviews and opinion pieces in popular media.
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Editorial Review Board
Stephen R. Acker
The Ohio State University, USA

Shelley Bibeau
Saint Paul Technical College, USA

Adams B. Bodomo
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Nicholas Bowskill
University of Sheffield, UK

Don Descy
Minnesota State University, USA

Richard Discenza
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, USA

Donald P. Ely
Syracuse University, USA

Sarah Guri-Rosenblit
Open University, Israel

Scott L. Howell
Brigham Young University, USA

Massey University, New Zealand

Bernard J. Luskin
Fielding Graduate University, USA

Ben Martz
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, USA

Lynda Milne
Minnesota State Colleges and University, USA

Som Naidu
University of Melbourne, Australia

Shannon (Avery) Nelson
Bemidji State University, USA

Yoram Neumann
Touro International University, USA

Janet K. Poley
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Allen Schmieder
JDL Technologies, USA

R C Sharma
Indira Gandhi National Open University, India

Murray Turoff
New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

Panayiotis Zaphiris
City University, UK