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Handbook of Online Learning

Handbook of Online Learning

Second Edition

May 2009 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Handbook of Online Learning is a comprehensive reference text for teachers and administrators of online courses and programs. It presents a discussion of the conceptual and theoretical foundations of online learning along with an exploration of practical implementation strategies.

New and Ongoing Features

  • Emphasizes interactive teaching/learning strategies – challenging readers to think differently about pedagogy
  • Provides a strong theoretical base before discussing applications: Part I first presents the changing philosophies and theories of learning, while Part II covers implementation or the practice of online learning
  • Offers several chapters that deal with the issues related to the growing corporate online learning environment
  • Includes twelve NEW articles on the latest issues such as psychology of online learning, training faculty, digital libraries, ethical dimensions in online learning, legal issues, course management systems and evolving technologies. key articles retained from current edition are revised and updated to reflect current trends and changes in the field

Praise for the First Edition

"The Fielding Institute authors apply an impressive wealth of organizational management theory and experience in their analyses of computer-mediated teaching and learning. The result is an enjoyable-to-read, fresh and lively book, delivering an abundance of ideas about how to establish a supportive learning environment, design a well structured course and manage electronically mediated dialog, -- in other words, how to successfully facilitate learning in the new context of on-line distance education."
—Michael G. Moore, Pennsylvania State University and Editor, The American Journal of Distance Education

"This book is a fascinating, comprehensive, revealing array of information about online learning. It is full of practical applications and significant implications for a future where online learning will play an increasingly larger role. It is essential for any library keeping up on online learning innovations."
—Dr. Bernard J. Luskin, President and Co-CEO, GlobalLearningSystems, Inc. Visiting Professor, Claremont Graduate University

"This book not only is that rare breed that addresses online learning in both higher education and corporate environments but every chapter is intriguing, informative, and accurately grounded. This book provides a comprehensive, timely, and informative look at online learning in higher education and corporate training settings. For an update on the state of e-learning in educational and training environments, simply read this book."
—Curtis J. Bonk, Ph.D., Indiana University and

"Business and Learning have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship in our culture. The pace of change, however, has created separation between these two vital elements. The "Handbook of Online Learning" showcases the latest thinking and applications in learning delivery, and offers real promise that the gap is being bridged."
—D.M. Verkest, AT&T Wireless Services, Vice-President-National Operations

"The authors of this book are all experienced distance educators who know what the issues are: How are people engaged in teaching and learning at a distance "present" to one another? How do you create a community in the class? How can a teacher deal with an obstreperous student? What are the teaching/learning environments in universities and corporations as they affect distance education? The essays in this book inhabit the border where the idea of distance education meets the reality. The give practical advice and provide examples informed by both theory and experience."
Stanley Chodorow, Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Diego & Former CEO, California Virtual University

Kjell Erik Rudestam and Judith Schoenholtz-Read
1. The Flourishing of Adult Online Education: An Overview
Part I. Changing Philosophies and Theories of Online Learning
Gary Fontaine and Grace Chun
2. Presence in Teleland
Jeremy J. Shapiro and Shelley K. Hughes
3. The Challenges of Culture and Community in Online Academic Environments
Robin Mason and Frank Rennie
4. Evolving Technologies
Pierre-Leonard Harvey
5. Applying Social Systems Thinking and Community Informatics Thinking in Education: Building Efficient Online Learning Design Culture in Universities
Bernard Luskin and James Hirsen
6. Media Psychology Controls the Mouse That Roars
Janet Poley
7. Globalization in Online Learning
Yolanda Gayol
8. Online Learning Research
Dorothy Agger-Gupta
9. Uncertain Frontiers: Exploring Ethical Dimensions of Online Learning
Part II. Implementation of Online Learning
Judith Stevens-Long and Charles Crowell
10. Revisiting the Design and Delivery of an Interactive Online Graduate Program
Barclay Hudson
11. Candlepower: The Intimate Flow of Online Collaborative Learning
Kay Wijekumar
12. Designing and Developing Web-Based Intelligent Tutoring Systems: A Step-by-Step Approach With Practical Applications
Bruce LaRue and Stephanie Galindo
13. Synthesizing Higher Education and Corporate Learning Strategies
Jenny Edwards and Sue Marquis Gordon
14. Teaching Action Research at a Distance
Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt
15. Beyond the Looking Glass: What Faculty and Students Need to Be Sucessful Online
Leni Wildflower
16. Teaching Professionals to Be Effective Online Facilitators and Instructors: Lessons From Hard-Won Experience
Anna DiStefano and Judy Witt
17. Leadership and Management of Online Learning Environments in Universities
Ralph Wolff
18. Accrediting Online Institutions and Programs: Quality Assurance or Bureaucratic Hurdle?
Stefan Kramer
19. Virtual Libraries in Online Learning
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This is a good text for our MS students moving into edcuation

Professor Melanie Taverna
Periodontics Dept, Univ Of Texas Hlth Sci Center
April 1, 2024

The course instructor decided to use a different text.

Dr Christine Storlie
Business Accounting Dept, University of Wisconsin - Platteville
June 18, 2013

Very thorough!

Professor Carrie Perry
Business Administration Dept, California State University - Fullerton
August 1, 2012

Excellent resource for graduate course on coordinating connected learning enviornments, provides solid foundational knowledge.

Dr Elizabeth Erichsen
School Of Education, North Dakota State University
September 27, 2011

Useful for those students working towards teaching via VLE technologies.

Ms Rhiain Hunter Jones
Educational Studies, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
September 14, 2010

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