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.

New Zealand: Is Online Education a Highway to the Future?

New Zealand: Is Online Education a Highway to the Future?

New Zealand: Is online education a highway to the future?

New Zealanders are often told that as citizens in a small nation they can expect to be buffeted by powerful global forces. In the area of online education, there are certainly such forces. For example, globalization, technology development, and the commodification of education continue to impact the way online education develops. The powerful internal dynamics of a country run alongside these global forces in shaping the development and practices of an education system. This chapter specifically focuses on some of those internal issues in relation to online education in New Zealand.

A combination of factors molds and raises issues about adoption of online education within New Zealand. ...

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