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.

Online Education in Asia: An Analysis of China, Taiwan, and India

Online Education in Asia: An Analysis of China, Taiwan, and India
Online education in Asia: An analysis of China, Taiwan, and India

Witness not the sages of the past,

Perceive not the wise of the future,

Reflecting on heaven and earth eternal,

Tears flowing down I lament in loneliness.

—Chen Zi'ang

Asia and all Eastern cultures are far from being the same as Western cultures. I suppose this is perhaps one of the more obvious statements made in this text. But it is worthy of emphasis. Online learning, like all education, does not happen in a vacuum. This is part of the message of this book—that we recognize that learning is not a-cultural or a-contextual, but rather is highly dependent on the culture and context in which the learning and learners ...

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