Online Education: New Directions for Community Colleges, Number 150 / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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This volume highlights existing issues in online courses and programs and provides strategies for addressing them as the demand for online education continues to grow. Organizational changes caused by greater reliance on technology for teaching and learning are still not fully understood, and many colleges continue to react to change rather than positioning themselves to take advantage of it. As a challenge to that, contributors to this volume use personal narratives and research to discuss how online education continues to lead to organizational, professional, and personal change.
Community colleges are at the forefront of the tremendous growth in online programs. Two-year colleges now serve more than half of all online students, and they are poised for continued growth as more adults seek education and retraining. Despite the acceptance, and even expectation, of online services and programs in education, colleges must address existing issues before expanding these. This volume is an indispensable resource in that process.
This is the 150th volume of the Jossey-Bass higher education quarterly report series New Directions for Community Colleges. Essential to the professional libraries of presidents, vice presidents, deans, and other leaders in today's open-door institutions, New Directions for Community Colleges provides expert guidance in meeting the challenges of their distinctive and expanding educational mission.
About the Author
Regina L. Garza Mitchell is assistant professor of educational leadership at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. She was previously director of distance education for a medium-sized rural community college.
Table of Contents
Editor's Notes Regina L. Garza Mitchell 1
1 Online Education in Community Colleges Brent Cejda 7
2 Planning for Online Courses at Rural Community Colleges Jay Leist Jon Travis 17
3 Administrative Challenges and Rewards of Online Learning in a Rural Community College: Reflections of a Distance Education Administrator Gwladys A. Austin 27
4 The Trials and Accomplishments of an Online Adjunct Faculty Member Jeffrey Hoyle 37
5 Essential Tasks and Skills for Online Community College Faculty Vernon C. Smith 43
6 Web 2.0 and Emerging Technologies in Online Learning Veronica Diaz 57
7 Potential of Social Networking Sites for Distance Education Student Engagement Jaime Lester Michael Perini 67
8 Online Student Services at the Community College Anne M. Hornak Kayeri Akweks Madeline Jeffs 79
9 Approaching Common Ground: Defining Quality in Online Education Regina L. Garza Mitchell 89
10 Teaching the World to Sing: Planning for the Future of Online Learning Albert L. Lorenzo 95