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Distance Education: A Systems View of Online Learning (What's New in Education) 3rd Edition

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1. Basic Concepts. 2. The Historical Context. 3. The Scope of Distance Education. 4. Technologies and Media. 5. Course Design and Development. 6. Teaching and the Roles of the Instructor. 7. The Distance Education Student. 8. Management, Administration, and Policy. 9. The Theory and Scholarship of Distance Education. 10. Research and Studies of Effectiveness. 11. The Global Span of Distance Education. 12. Distance Education Is about Change. Appendix: Sources of Further Information. Glossary. References. Index.

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Michael G. Moore is Professor of Education at The Pennsylvania State University, where he has taught graduate courses in distance education for 23 years. He is known in academic circles for leadership in the scholarly study of distance education. He published the first statement of theory about distance education in English in 1972, and has achieved a number of other "firsts" in the field. These include teaching the first course in this subject at University of Wisconsin in the mid 70's, conceiving and helping to start the national annual conference there, and establishing an online international network (Distance Education Online Symposium). He has practical experience of teaching in all technologies and of most client groups, has supervised numerous doctoral and Master's degrees, and is emphasizing application of Web 2.0 technologies in teaching his Master's degree online. Moore has over 30 years of unbroken service as an editor of distance education journals, and has served on editorial boards of all the main journals and on program committees for the International Council for Distance Education and similar organizations. He has published books, over 100 articles and monographs, and given presentations in over 30 countries. Consultancy work includes numerous projects for UNESCO and other United Nations agencies, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank. Honors include induction into the United States Distance Learning Association's "Hall of Fame" in 2002.

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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  • Series: What's New in Education
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 3 edition (April 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111520992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111520991
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 9 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Grahame Moore is Professor of Education in the Graduate School at the Pennsylvania State University. Widely known in academic circles for developing the theory of distance education in the early 1970's, he is the founder (1986) and editor of The American Journal of Distance Education. More than a hundred scholarly publications include Distance Education: a Systems View (with translations in Chinese, Portugese, Korean and Japanese) and The Handbook of Distance Education. From 1996-8 he was Visiting Scholar in the Human Development Department at the World Bank, and 2008-9 Visiting Professor at the UK Open University and Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge. He most enjoys the time he can spend at his UK home in County Durham.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. Jacobsen on April 19, 1999
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Perhaps this book was written for policy-makers. It's not very specific about curriculum design nor technology, if that's what you are looking for. It does a pretty job of citing other research and case-studies of implementation. It also seems to state a lot of "basics": like "The study guide should do more than merely present subject matter. It should contain directions and guidance for the students..." (page 79). This doesn't seem very insightful nor specific to distance education.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Jam on July 6, 2010
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This book is no longer timely. It was published/copyrighted in 2005. The information that it contains is no longer applicable to modern distance/virtual learning. The author downplays audio and video streaming related to distance learning because in 2005 it was not as prevalent. Futhermore, it does not take into account the trend of ALL colleges and universities moving in this direction.

The systems view information regarding course design is good - but everything else is outdated.

I recommend you find another book that is more timely.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 1997
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"Distance Education: A Systems View" is a wonderful book for novices and seasoned professionals. It offers a board and deep foundation for the design, development, and delivery of distance education programs. There is a balance between conceptual and theoretical information, and a wealth of practical advice. It is written in easy to understand language, presents interesting case studies, and provides a solid bibliography
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ernest Anderson Jr. on October 13, 2004
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Second Edition (2005). Fantastic book. Very well written, loaded with useful info. On a par with Simonson's Teaching and Learning at a Distance (maybe better). Highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Prof Ansie Minnaar on October 26, 2010
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The book by Moore and Kearsley, 2005. Distance Education-A systems view gives in-depth knowledge on distance education and developments in the field. This book is valuable for education institutions who wish to embark on distance education.

For students studying education and the practise of distance education, this book explains teaching at a distance in detail. Technology and media in distance education such as print, audio and video, radio and television, teleconferencing,computer-based learning and media and technology selection and or integration are describe with references to transformation into unimagined technology application in learning.

Distance education and instructional design are explained in detail. The challenges for higher education are referred to and the transformation needed to position themselves is evident in this book. The authors gave benchmarks for success throughout the book which is helpful in the planning and maintaining of vibrant distance education initiatives.

References to support material and web based links make this book a definite must on every distance educator's desk.
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