Teaching and Learning at a Distance: Foundations of Distance Education / Edition 5

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Unique in its broad coverage of the various technologies that can be used for the delivery of distance education, the fifth edition of Teaching and Learning at a Distance: Foundations of Distance Education provide the basics you need to become a knowledgeable distance educator or manager of distance education systems:

  • Part I cover the theory and research that inform distance learning,
  • Part II addresses practical skills and knowledge needed to function immediately in a distance learning environment, and
  • Part III explores managerial and administrative issues that arise in distance learning environments.

Know for its definition of education for the field, research base, advocacy for distance ed as a viable and increasingly important alternative for teaching and learning, coverage of equivalency theory, and comprehensive coverage of the modes of distance learning, this thoroughly revised edition reflects the following changes:

New to This Edition:

  • A streamline edition containing 12 chapters (instead of 13) with the Internet-based distance education content incorporated throughout.
  • Dozens of new visuals have been added to clarify ideas and explain procedures.
  • Additional information about the virtual schooling movement.
  • Major revision of Chapter 3 (Research and Distance Education) to update what is known about the best practices in DE.
  • Stronger emphasis in this edition is placed on how to design, deliver, and evaluate online instructions, supported by the latest research.
  • All new end-of-chapter discussion questions are designed for instructors to post as a start for threaded discussions and for students to focus on key ideas.
  • As distance education has grown into a mainstream teaching and learning approach, many new strategies are included in this edition to help the learner, teacher, and manager understand the impact of new ideas, such as open source course management systems.
  • Over 30% of the resources and references included in this edition of Teaching and Learning at a Distance are new.
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Editorial Reviews

Written for use in an introductory distance education course for pre- service or in-service teachers, this book provides basic information concerning distant education and its uses. Chapters discuss the definitions, histories and theories of distance learning, the relevant research, the technological aspects, and specific issues like copyright, instructional design, pedagogy, supplementary materials, the Internet, assessment, and teaching evaluation. The authors teach at American universities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132487313
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 2/23/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 277,163
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Simonson is a program professor at Nova Southeastern University in the Instructional Technology and Distance Education program. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in Instructional Systems. He works with schools, organizations, and corporations to assist them to integrate instructional technology and distance education into teaching and training, and on the development of virtual schools. Simonson has authored four major textbooks dealing with distance education, instructional technology, instructional computing, and instructional media. Mike has over 150 scholarly publications, and in excess of 200 professional presentations dealing with distance education and instructional technology. Simonson has considerable experience working with domestic and international businesses and industries, especially on projects related to instructional technology, virtual schools, and distance education. Technology planning, distance education/virtual school policy development and effective design of online instruction are current projects. He is editor of the Quarterly Review of Distance Education, Distance Learning Journal, and Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Papers presented at the Annual Conventions of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. He has won the award for most outstanding research in the field of distance education presented by the United States Distance Learning Association. Most recently he has been an external evaluator South Dakota’s Connecting the Schools and Digital Dakota Network projects, and is a consultant for the U.S. Army Research Institute. Simonson was honorably discharged as a Captain from the United States Marine Corps (R).

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Foundations

Chapter 1: Foundations of Distance Education

Chapter 2: Definitions, History, and Theories of Distance Education

Chapter 3: Research and Distance Education

Chapter 4: Technologies, the Internet and Distance Education

Part II: Teaching and Learning at a Distance

Chapter 5: Instructional Design for Distance Education

Chapter 6: Teaching and Distance Education

Chapter 7: The Student and Distance Education

Chapter 8: Support Materials and Visualization for Distance Education

Chapter 9: Assessment for Distance Education

Part III: Managing and Evaluating Distance Education

Chapter 10: Copyright and Distance Education

Chapter 11: Managing and Leading a Distance Education Organization

Chapter 12: Evaluating Teaching and Learning at a Distance


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