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.

The New Frontier: Web-Based Education in U.S. Culture

The new frontier: Web-based education in U.S. culture
Alison A.Carr-Chellman

E-learning has become one of the hottest new training modalities in the United States. More than one third of all 4-year colleges and universities offered some form of distance education in 1997 (National Center for Education Statistics, 1997), and the offerings are on the rise. By the year 2000, more than 56% of those same institutions were offering distance education programs (National Center for Education Statistics, 2003). In 2000, more than 3 million learners were logging in for distance education opportunities (National Center for Education Statistics, 2003). The growth in Web-based education is an explosion unparalleled elsewhere in the educational enterprise (Daniel, 1996; Jones, 1997), and it is mirrored ...

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