Handbook of Research on Humanizing the Distance Learning Experience

Handbook of Research on Humanizing the Distance Learning Experience

Maria Northcote (Avondale College of Higher Education, Australia) and Kevin P. Gosselin (Texas A&M University, USA)
Release Date: November, 2016|Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 530
ISBN13: 9781522509684|ISBN10: 1522509682|EISBN13: 9781522509691|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0968-4


Distance learning is becoming increasingly prevalent in educational settings around the world as it provides more flexibility and access to classes for students and educators alike. While online classrooms are proving to be popular, there is a significant gap in the personalization and humanization of these courses.

The Handbook of Research on Humanizing the Distance Learning Experience features empirical research on promoting the personalization of online learning courses through presence, emotionality, and interactivity within digital classrooms. Highlighting best practices and evaluating student perceptions on distance learning, this handbook will appeal to researchers, educators, course designers, professionals, and administrators.

Topics Covered

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

  • Construction Management Education
  • Electronic Portfolio Design
  • Flipped Learning
  • Mentoring
  • Online Course Design
  • Student Perceptions
  • Transformational Learning

Reviews and Testimonials

Specialists in online education assemble recent research into the social and emotional aspects of online education that serve to enhance the experience of both the online learner and the online teacher across a range of contexts including higher education, commerce, and government. They cover researching distance and online education; teaching online; professional development journeys of online educators; and attitudes, expectations, and experiences within distance education. Among the topics are foundational theory: a new conceptualization of relevant ideas, showing a human and professional face to the world: an electronic portfolio design strategy for a sense of self, integrative course design and pedagogy to humanize online learning: a case study, managing student expectations: using online quizzes in university subjects, and with the likeness and voice of mentor: mentoring presence in online distance learning.

– Protoview Reviews

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Maria Northcote is the Director of the Centre for Advancement of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) at Avondale College of Higher Education, Australia. She is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education, and professional development. She has led and contributed to research projects in three higher education institutions between 1999 and 2016. She was recently appointed a Fellow of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) in recognition of her service to higher education and her ongoing professional development commitment to teaching and learning. Maria conducts research in teacher education, academic development, threshold concepts, online education and assessment.
Kevin P. Gosselin holds Ph.D. and M.Ed. degrees in Educational Psychology from Texas Tech University and a M.S. in Kinesiology from The University of Texas at Tyler. He has over fifteen years of experience in industry and academia encompassing roles in student services, academic affairs, consulting and administration. He currently serves as a tenured Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies within the Texas A&M University Health Science Center. His research areas include online teaching and design, faculty development and applied performance psychology.