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.
- Matrix of Case Studies
Part I: Online Education in Asia: An Analysis of China, Taiwan, and India
- Chapter 1: China's Online Education: Rhetoric and Realities
- Chapter 2: The Gap Between E-Learning Availability and E-Learning Industry Development in Taiwan
- Chapter 3: Distance Education and Online Technologies in India
Part II: Online Education in Europe: An Analysis of Ireland, the United Kingdom, Turkey, and International Study Circles
- Chapter 4: Online Learning and Differential Participation in a Democratic Society: Ireland as a Case Study
- Chapter 5: E-Learning, Democracy, and Social Exclusion: Issues of Access and Retention in the United Kingdom
- Chapter 6: International Study Circles
- Chapter 7: A Critical Look at Distance Education in Turkey
Part III: Online Education in North America: An Analysis of the U.S. and Canadian Contributions
- Chapter 8: Canada's SchoolNet: Wiring Up Schools?
- Chapter 9: The New Frontier: Web-Based Education in U.S. Culture
Part IV: Online Education Down Under: An Analysis of Aotearoa/New Zealand and Australia
- Chapter 10: New Zealand: Is Online Education a Highway to the Future?
- Chapter 11: Towards Borderless Virtual Learning in Higher Education
Part V: Online Education in Africa: An Analysis of Namibia and Sub-Saharan Africa
- Chapter 12: Development and Democracy in Namibia: The Contribution of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
- Chapter 13: 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)
- Chapter 14: Stalled: E-Learning as Thwarted Innovation