Online Learning: Personal Reflections on the Transformation of Education

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Educational Technology, 2005 - Education - 417 pages
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This book presents a comprehensive history of the field of online education as told by many of the pioneers who created it. In doing so, it fills in the background and provides a foundation for more recent efforts. Each of the contributors discusses their work in online education and presents a personal perspective of the field. Collectively, the chapters portray the major themes and issues that have characterized the past development of online education and will likely dictate its future.
 

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Contents

Online Education Innovation Going Boldly Where Others Fear to Thread
1
Taking the Distance Out of Distance Education
12
Distance Learning Today and Tomorrow
26
Lessons Learned About Technology and Learning A Conversation
42
Transcending Distances and Differences with Online Learning
53
An Intellectual Journey from Distance Education to Distributed Learning
66
Hammers in Search of Nails The Interplay of Instructional Theories Tools and Costs
73
From Stirfried Circuit Boards to Streaming Video Perspectives from an Interactive Media Pioneer
92
The Evolution of Online Education at the Open University
210
Flight of an Academic Magpie From Face2Face to Virtual Presence
225
Experiencing the Online Revolution
248
Big Skies and Lone Eagles Lending Wings to Others OnlineA Rural Perspective
262
Whos Afraid of Distance Ed?
292
No Significant Differences Revisited A Historical Perspective on the Research Informing Contemporary Online Learning
299
Building Communities of Learners Online
309
Online Learning Are We on the Right Tracks?
321

Online Learning From High Tech to High Touch
101
The Emergence of a Networked Learning Community Lessons Learned from Research and Practice
113
CurriculumBased Telecomputing What Was Old Could Be New Again
128
Technology for Teaching Past Masters Versus Present Practices
144
Learning Teaching and Building Knowledge A FortyYear Quest for Online Learning Communities
163
From Potential to Prosperity Twenty Years of Online Learning Environments
194
Online Learning and Knowledge Building Environments
350
Learning Without Boundaries Prospects and Perspectives for Online Learning
359
Diffusing ELearning Myths Questions and Experiences
374
Learning Through Online Collaboration
402
Index
415
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About the author (2005)

Greg Kearsley is currently the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Education at the University of New England, where he manages online programs with over 700 students and 40 faculty. He has written over 20 books and hundreds of technical articles on the topic of education and technology. He has taught and developed online courses for many institutions, including University of Maryland, University of Wisconsin, the George Washington University, Nova Southeastern University, and Walden University. He has also trained teachers and school administrators about online education, working with the North Central Regional Education Laboratory for a number of years. Dr. Kearsley has extensive experience in the training world as well, having designed online training programs for many corporations and government agencies. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in 1978.

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