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.

Online Learning and Differential Participation in a Democratic Society: Ireland as a Case Study

Online Learning and Differential Participation in a Democratic Society: Ireland as a Case Study

Online learning and differential participation in a democratic society: Ireland as a case study

Information society developments have a particular significance for Ireland as a small open economy in an increasingly networked global economy, where knowledge-based innovation is becoming the key source of sustainable competitive advantage (Information Society Commission [ISC], 2004).

Situated at the edge of Western Europe, Ireland's location has traditionally circumscribed its struggle for social and economic development. Emerging from its traditional, poor, conservative, and colonial past, Ireland has recently proven itself immensely attractive to multinational capital investment. In the late 1990s, Ireland experienced unprecedented economic growth and even during the economic downturn at the beginning of the 2000s maintained a ...

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