Trends and Issues in Distance Education

International Perspectives

Edited by:
Yusra Laila Visser, Florida Atlantic University
Lya Visser, Learning Development Institute
Michael Simonson, Nova Southeastern University
Ray Amirault, Florida Atlantic University

A volume in the series: Perspectives in Instructional Technology and Distance Education. Editor(s): Charles Schlosser, Nova Southeastern University. Michael Simonson, Nova Southeastern University.

Published 2005

This book provides a broad treatment of current distance education trends and issues from an international vantage point. The book includes some twenty authored chapters that provide insight into specific implementations of distance education worldwide, as well as analyses of cross-national distance education themes. The book is designed to address the needs of a broad audience including practitioners, researchers, and graduate students, all of whom are impacted by the growing trend toward distance education in high school and university-levels.

Introduction. Yusra Laila Visser, Lya Visser, Michael Simonson, and Ray Amirault. PART I: PERSPECTIVES ON GLOBAL TRENDS AND ISSUES IN DISTANCE EDUCATION. 1. A Survey of Progressive and Conservative Trends in Education with Implications for Distance Education Practice, Brent G. Wilson. 2. Quality, Accreditation and Recognition: Issues in the Delivery of Transnational Education, Andrea Hope. 3. The Long and Short of Distance Education: Trends and Issues from a Planetary Human Development Perspective, Jan Visser. 4. Distance Education Reappraised: Emerging Trends in Traditional Universities and Corporate Training Institutions, Francois Marchessou. 5. What the World Needs Now: International Research on Distance Education, Deborah LaPointe. PART II: INTERVIEWS WITH LEADERS IN INTERNATIONAL DISTANCE EDUCATION. 6. Defining Trends and Issues in Distance Education: An Interview with Don Ely, Lya Visser and Kristen Gagnon. 7. A Career in International Distance Education: An Interview with Barbara Spronk, Michael Simonson and Margaret Crawford. 8. University-wide Distance Education Implementation: An Interview with Robert Morgan, Ray J. Amirault and Jeffery Sievert. 9. Personal Perspectives on Trends and Issues in Distance Education: An Interview with Otto Peters, Lya Visser and Meira van der Spa. PART III: NATIONAL AND REGIONAL CASE STUDIES IN DISTANCE EDUCATION. 10. Open and Distance Learning for Developing Countries: Is the Cup Half Full or is it Still Half Empty? Tony Dodds. 11. The Promise of M-learning for Distance Education in South Africa and Other Developing Nations, Lya Visser and Paul West. 12. British Distance Education: A Proud Tradition, Steve Wheeler. 13. Distance Education in Turkey: Experiences and Issues, Ugur Demiray. 14. Supporting Distance Learning in Brazil: Applications of a Multimedia Digital Library, Fredric Michael Litto. 15. Open and Distance Learning Enhanced through ICTs: A Toy for Africa’s Elite or an Essential Tool for Sustainable Development? Bob Day. 16. The Role of Distance Education in Turkish Women’s Education, Emine Demiray and Sensu Curabay. 17. “Thank You for (not) Forgetting Us”: A Reflection on the Trials, Tribulations, and Take-off of Distance Education in Mozambique, Muriel Visser-Valfrey, Jan Visser, and Miguel Buendia. PART IV: DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT TRENDS FOR INTERNATIONAL DISTANCE EDUCATION. 18. Learning Management Systems (LMS) for Web-based Distance Education: An International Review, Wei-yuan Zhang and Lixun Wang. 19. Trends in Distance Education Technologies from an International Vantage Point, Michael Simonson. 20. Dynamism and Evolution in Student Support and Instruction in Distance Education: Implications for International Distance Education, Yusra Laila Visser. About the Authors.