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.

A Critical Look at Distance Education in Turkey

A critical look at distance education in Turkey

Distance education is becoming increasingly popular throughout the world as economic forces continue to encourage the facilitation of new technologies. (Potashnik & Capper, 1998). Many countries are now integrating distance education programs into their existing programs using advanced technologies, promising equal opportunity to those who do not have access to or cannot afford a higher education. These countries perceive distance education as a way to liberate education from the restrictions of time and location. The governments, universities, and other organizations favor the distance education programs as an ultimate alternative to the conventional systems. Nonetheless, they ignore that distance education creates a system where standardization and efficiency are supported over diversity ...

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