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Global Perspectives on E-Learning
Rhetoric and Reality

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December 2004 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"The committee felt that Global Perspectives on E-Learning: Rhetoric and Reality was a remarkable commentary on the disconnect between the rhetoric of online learning (anywhere-anytime, open access, democratization, increasing economic opportunity) and the realities in regions as disparate as North America and sub-Saharan Africa (education as a "consumer good," increasing economic and social distances within populations, education for global consumerism rather than civic participation)."
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DISTANCE LEARNING COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE

"Global Perspectives on E-Learning offers an authoritative compendium of online teaching and learning in a cross-section of nations around the world. This is a state-of-the-art review of promising online programs by authors who have participated in the movement. Rarely do we find such current and authoritative information about educational technology developments in more than a dozen countries in six continents."
—Don Ely, Syracuse University
 
"We need more critical and reflective texts on distance education and its evolution within a global framework. The authors provide the reader a social and political context for thinking about global education."
—Roberto Muffoletto, Appalachian State University

"Global Perspectives on E-Learning is a fascinating expedition on the road to democratizing online/distance learning through the dichotomy of rhetoric and social realities in countries around the world."
—Paul Gathercoal, California Lutheran University

"I think this is an excellent text. It provides the reader with a broad international perspective of distance education, something that is in short supply."
—Chris Zirkle, College of Education, Ohio State University


E-learning is growing around the world, with applications from schools to non-profits to business and industry and, of course, higher education. It has been heralded as the next democratizing force in education for offering access regardless of physical limitations, job status, geography, etc. It has also been challenged as representative of the myth of meritocracy for exacerbating the view that education alone rectifies failures to meet social needs. Further, the financial incentive to privatize education leads many to question its democratic merits. Global Perspectives on E-Learning: Rhetoric and Reality presents several cases of international online education and the rhetoric that surrounds this form of teaching and learning.

Editor Alison A. Carr-Chellman examines the impact of online distance education throughout the world in an effort to understand more deeply the merits of such initiatives. Written from a critical perspective, the book sheds light on some of the problems faced by international distance educators. It particularly focuses on who benefits, and who does not, by the advance of international e-learning and how we can respond to the needs of the disenfranchised. This book is intended to supplement what has to this point been largely a positive, how-to literature in distance education. It offers a balanced perspective on the problems and possibilities of distance education worldwide.


Global Perspectives on E-Learning is perfectly suited as a supplemental text for a variety of graduate-level education courses. Professional educators, policy makers, and anyone interested in international online education should consider this a vital addition to their libraries.

Key Features

  • International case studies and discussions that show how initiatives interface with the international e-learning movement
  • Focus questions at the start of each chapter help readers construct an advanced schema
  • Numerous unique viewpoints from around the world provide a sophisticated and comprehensive overview
  • Coverage from a number of countries: China, Taiwan, India, Namibia, Turkey, Ireland, the U.K., New Zealand, Australia, and the United States
  • A matrix of case studies that groups the cases by focus and theme, allowing students and instructors to customize their use of the book
Alison A. Carr-Chellman
Introduction
Alison A. Carr-Chellman
Online Education in Asia: An Analysis of China, Taiwan, and India
Ke Zhang
China's Online Education: Rhetoric and Realities
Jiang Jia qi
The Gap Between E-Learning Availability and E-Learning Industry Development in Taiwan
Priya Sharma
The Distance in Education and Online Technologies in India
Alison A. Carr-Chellman
Online Education in Europe: An Analysis of Ireland, UK, Turkey and International Study Circles
Sarah Fitzpatrick & Paul Conway
Online Learning and Differential Participation in a Democratic Society: Ireland as a Case Study
Ormond Simpson
E-Learning Democracy and Social Exclusion-Issues of Access and Retention in the UK
Ben Salt
International Study Circles
Husra Gursoy
A Critical Look at Distance Education in Turkey
Alison A. Carr-Chellman
Online Education in North America: An Analysis of the U.S. and Canadian Contributions
Leslie R. Shade & Diane Y. Dechief
Canada's SchoolNet: Wiring Up Schools?
Alison A. Carr-Chellman
The New Frontier: Web-Based Education in US Culture
Alison A. Carr-Chellman
Online Education Down Under: An Analysis of Aotearoa/New Zealand and Australia
Bill Anderson
New Zealand: Is Online Education a Highway to the Future?
Colin Latchem
Towards Borderless Virtual Learning in Higher Education
Alison A. Carr-Chellman
Online Education in Africa: An Analysis of Namibia and Sub-Saharan Africa
R. Kavena Shalyef & Hilda Nakakuwa
Development and Democracy in Namibia: The Contribution of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
Wayne Mackintosh
Can You Lead From Behind? Critical Reflections on the Rhetoric of E-Learning, Open Distance Learning and ICTs for Development in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
Robert Zemsky & William F. Massy
Stalled: E-Learning as Thwarted Innovation
Alison A. Carr-Chellman
Conclusion

Global Perspectives on E-Learning offers an authoritative compendium of online teaching and learning in a cross-section of nations around the World. This is a state-of-the-art review of promising online programs by authors who have participated in the movement. Rarely do we find such current and authoritative information about educational technology developments in more than a dozen countries in six continents.

Don Ely
Syracuse University

We need more critical and reflective texts on distance education and its evolution within a global framework. The authors provide the reader a social and political context for thinking about global education.

Roberto Muffoletto
Appalachian State University

Global Perspectives on E-Learning is a fascinating expedition on the road to democratizing online/distance learning through the dichotomy of rhetoric and social realities in countries around the world.

Paul Gathercoal
California Lutheran University

I think this is an excellent text. It provides the reader with a broad international perspective of distance education, something that is in short supply.

Chris Zirkle
College of Education, Ohio State University

"A must-read for policy framers and curriculum shapers."

The Hindu Business Line
The Hindu Business Line

"The book is well written and well organized. It adds significantly  to the literature that addresses global perspectives on e-learning,  and is of particular interest to those seeking additional information  about international programs. Cases represent different examples from  five continents. Therefore the book is particularly useful for instructional  designers, and policy makers who work for the disseminating online  distance learning."

Murat Ataizi
Anadolu University
Eskisehir, Turkey

"This is indeed a disturbing, informative, and readable book.  I commend it warmly to those who may wish to find out about developments in e-learning around the world; to those who have consciences which will be disturbed by much of what is highlighted and summarized here; to those willing to re-examine their optimism about the potential and implications of e-learning; and to those similarly willing to reconsider their pessimism.  Buy it, read it, re-read it, question-and keep seeking answers."

BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

"This volume brings together a number of reports on the global phenomenon of online distance education (referred to as e-learning) in several countries in Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, and Africa. Editor Carr-Chellman and the respective chapter authors adopt a critical perspective of ‘international capitalist e-learning.’. . . . This book is for policy makers, practitioners, and the general public interested in gaining a more balanced perspective on how closely the rhetoric matched the reality of online distance learning."

P.S. Cookson
United Nationa University for Peace
CHOICE

"Global Perspectives on E-Learning: Rhetoric and Reality will be useful to students and research of distance learning, as well as those interested in global education, policy, and the cultural and political context of learning. The book is successful in presenting a critical, if perhaps unpopular, analysis of the current international applications of e-learning, but it is certainly not a negation of the usefulness of e-learning itself."

William Bescia and Kelly Schwartz
University of Arkansas
ETR&D
Key features
  • Offers more balanced coverage of E-learning than other books in the field.
  • Features international case studies and discussions written by a roster of authors who are authorities on E-learning.
  • Focus questions at the start of each chapter help readers zero in on the key material covered in each section.
  • Particularly well-suited for higher education and distance education courses.

Sample Materials & Chapters

A Guide to the Cases and Theoretical Approaches


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