Global Challenges and Perspectives in Blended and Distance Learning

Global Challenges and Perspectives in Blended and Distance Learning

J. Willems (Monash University, Australia), B. Tynan (University of Southern Queensland, Australia) and R. James (University of New England, Australia)
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Release Date: April, 2013|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 347
ISBN13: 9781466639782|ISBN10: 1466639784|EISBN13: 9781466639799|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3978-2


Even in higher education, the traditional perception of learning is a face to face environment; while distance education is typically thought of as its alternative. However, the continuous expansion of technology has altered this point of view as a more flexible option of education, not an alternative.

Global Challenges and Perspectives in Blended and Distance Learning highlights the perspectives, challenges, and current practices within higher and distance education around the world. This reference source brings together a unique view of global research essential for academics, managers and leaders, researchers, and practitioners for a timely view of research themes in higher education and distance education.

Topics Covered

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

  • Blended and Distance Education
  • Corporative Involvement
  • Equity and Access in Distance Education
  • Global Perspectives
  • Leadership in Distance Education
  • Quality Assurance
  • Research and Development

Reviews and Testimonials

Willems (rural and indigenous health, Monash U., Australia), Tynan, and James draw together 21 chapters that consider global issues and perspectives in distance and flexible learning. Researchers from Australia, New Zealand, North America, the UK, and Spain working in education, technology, and other areas discuss the use of technology in synthesizing higher education professional development research, the impact of social justice issues like equity in distance education, the benefits of borderless education, and cultural and quality considerations in transnational distance education. The second section consists of case studies of collaborating and capacity development in distance education in Australia, Tasmania, South America, Canada, and New Zealand, followed by a section on building capacity for teachers, institutions, and researchers, such as through technology use, online professional development communities, self-study, policy reform, leadership challenges, organizational change, and a whole university approach to curriculum mapping.

– Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR

The detailed table of contents, along with the compilation of references makes this work useful for the researcher, while the content of the chapters will guide users in their own uses and practices in blended and distance learning.

– Sara Marcus, American Reference Books Annual

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Dr. Julie Willems ( holds qualifications in nursing, the Humanities, and education, and was a distance learner for 20 years. She has worked across all Australian education sectors. Her research interests include the media and technology of formal and informal learning (including the social media of Web 2.0, mobile learning and virtual worlds), in addition to educational equity and access for the disadvantaged. Julie currently works as an e-learning designer/educational developer in the Department of Rural and Indigenous Health, Monash University, and is on the national Executive of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA). She is currently completing the i-Survive Project funded by the auDA Foundation of Australia.
Belinda Tynan is the Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching & Quality, University of Southern Queensland, Australia. She has extensive experience as both an administrator and researcher in the field of higher education. She has held numerous leadership positions nationally and internationally in Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and Singapore. A known leader in higher education, she has 60+ publications, considerable grant funding. She is a popular keynote speaker and invited guest at numerous events across the sector nationally and abroad. She has an in depth coverage of distance and online pedagogy including quality assurance, and a teaching career spanning multiple sectors and domain knowledge that points to her credibility amongst peers. Belinda has lead multiple innovation projects and has association with several international organisations such as ICDE and COL. She is a reviewer of research credibility in South Africa, invited ARC assessor and has undertaken successful supervision and thesis assessments at postgraduate levels. Her current role includes significant line management and operational control over several areas that constitute the production and quality of courses and programs across three campuses at the University of Southern Queensland, including responsibility for professional development of academic staff, student support, learning systems, learning resource development and rich media including video, graphics and photography. Belinda was previously Treasurer of HERDSA and ODLAA and is on the reviewing boards of several journals including A* BJET.
Dr. Rosalind James is the Director of the DEHub: Innovation in distance education and is based at the University of New England, Australia. Dr. James has worked with the DEHub since before its inception, having assisted to write the grant for funding, and at UNE for many years, as a Research Fellow with DEHub and with Project 2012: Flexible and Online. Prior to the DEHub Dr. James was a course co-ordinator and lecturer in foundational pathway course in UNE’s Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) and as an academic mentor for transitional students. Like many in the distance education field, Rosalind comes from a strong background established in other disciplines. She has been an archaeological consultant and a lecturer in Archaeology and Environmental Science, and has worked in diverse companies and government departments around the world as a senior manager and technical ICT consultant in the commercial information and communications technology arena. Her current research and publications interest is in implementation and integration of ICT in learning, in general, and Web 2.0 and social networking technologies, in particular; but also covers business use of technology and its implications for graduate attributes and professional development for academics teaching by distance. Other projects under Dr. James’ direction that have a direct focus on the mission of the DEHub are the ICDE’s Regulatory Frameworks for Distance Education in the Southwest Pacific/South East Asia region and a large collaborative project to develop EduONE, a community education portal offering open educational resources for lifelong learning.