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.

Stalled: E-Learning as Thwarted Innovation

Stalled: E-Learning as thwarted innovation
RobertZemsky and William F.Massy

Given our interest in e-learning as a global phenomenon, we were struck by what we had come to see as a truly dangerous irony: The sense of disappointment now pervading the market for e-learning is as misplaced today as the euphoria that once celebrated e-learning as an invincible revolution. The fact of the matter is that e-learning is alive and well. Money is being spent, smart classrooms are being built everywhere, and collegiate faculty and corporate trainers are successfully integrating electronically mediated learning into literally thousands of courses focusing on both traditional and nontraditional subjects. That said, it is also the case that e-learning is evolving in ways few predicted and with economic ...

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