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.
Consider the following (admittedly ethnocentric) events …
- The U.S. Department of Education, in September 1999, set aside $10 million in grants for teams of colleges, universities, companies, and nonprofit organizations to develop products that will help adults gain access to distance-learning opportunities. (Ganley, 1999).
- The National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges released a survey report, Connecting with the Future, that indicates that millions of dollars (approximately 5% of total budgets) are spent annually by state universities to add and upgrade computers. The average student at state universities now pays $83 per year for technology fees, with students at SUNY Buffalo paying the highest fees at $400 per year.
- A Penn State student, writing about his experiences with online learning at Penn State's World Campus ...