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.

Towards Borderless Virtual Learning in Higher Education

Towards borderless virtual learning in higher education

By definition, distance education is borderless, and as Blight, Davis, and Olsen (1999) show, enrollments in distance education programs have progressed from local to national to regional to international. Such a transition means that distance education can be a means of forging international networks and partnerships, internationalizing the curriculum, promoting virtual staff and student mobility, and generally encouraging higher education to become more international in its outlook.

As you read this chapter, reflect upon the following questions:

  • To what extent are globalization, satellite communications, and the Internet shrinking our world and bringing every nation to a fuller realization of where it stands in relation to others in terms of human capacity, understanding the world ...
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