Identification, Evaluation, and Perceptions of Distance Education Experts

Identification, Evaluation, and Perceptions of Distance Education Experts

Gulsun Kurubacak (Anadolu University, Turkey) and T. Volkan Yuzer (Anadolu University, Turkey)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: February, 2015|Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 354
ISBN13: 9781466681194|ISBN10: 1466681195|EISBN13: 9781466681200|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8119-4


Instructional quality can make or break the learning experience, especially in digital environments where the expressional nuances of interpersonal communication are lost. The most effective distance education instructors and experts are those who recognize the educational needs of students and are able to address those needs through creative use of the technological tools available to them.

Identification, Evaluation, and Perceptions of Distance Education Experts explores the current and future trends, needs, and priorities that affect the development of distance education in a postmodern world. This premier reference work will be of significance to those interested in online learning, teaching and training, communication, and education across multiple sectors such as universities, colleges, schools, profit/non-profit e-organizations, and e-commerce.

Topics Covered

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

  • Cyber U-Learning
  • Degree-Granting Programs
  • Dynamic Software Product Lines
  • Faculty Development
  • Information Society
  • Modern Educational Technologies
  • Online Instruction

Reviews and Testimonials

Communication, computer education, distance education, open education, and other researchers from Europe, Australia, and the US offer 16 chapters on the qualifications of distance education experts. They discuss the relationship between these experts' knowledge and performance; their roles, competences, and responsibilities in Turkey; the influence of individual differences like self-actualization, self-regulation, locus of control, and motivation on a cyber-ubiquitous-learning model; distance education leadership qualifications; the identification of an expert; the importance of experts in the organizational development process of distance education institutions; new communication technologies and their influence on distance education environments; the design of distance nursing education; and the economic importance of the distance education expert.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Gulsun Eby is a professor in Distance Education at the College of Open Education of Anadolu University. Dr. Eby undertook graduate studies at Anadolu University, Turkey (MA Educational Technology) and the University of Cincinnati, USA (Ed.D. Curriculum & Instruction), and also has worked a post-doctoral fellow at the College of Education at New Mexico State University, USA (2001-2002). Dr. Eby earned her B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from the College of Informatics Technologies and Engineering of Hoca Ahmet Yesevi International Turk-Kazakhstani University in the year 2012-2013. Also, she is currently a graduate student in the Department of Computer and Instructional Technologies. Dr. Eby has over 29 years of experience in focusing on the egalitarian and ecological aspects of distance education; finding new answers, viewpoints and explanations to online communication problems through critical pedagogy; and improving learner critical thinking skills through project-based online learning. She continues to manage and provide pedagogical support for distance learning programs.
T. Volkan Yuzer, Ph.D., is professor in Distance Education at College of Open Education, Anadolu University. He undertook graduate studies at Anadolu University, Turkey. His research interests are new communication technologies, synchronous, asynchronous, and interactive communications and transformative learning milieus in distance and online education. He has over 17 years of experience in exploring additional distance learning media and providing communication and technological support for distance learning programs as well as develop online learning courses. Dr. Yuzer has participated in projects related to distance learning, online synchronous learning, and virtual classroom. He has been teaching courses in distance learning, communication, and information technologies.