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Online Education


Routledge | English | ? 2019 | ISBN-10: 0415784115 | 212 Pages | PDF | 2.18 MB

by Anthony G. Picciano (Author)

Online Education is a comprehensive exploration of blended and fully online teaching platforms, addressing history, theory, research, planning, and practice. As colleges, universities, and schools around the world adopt large-scale technologies and traditional class models shift into seamless, digitally interactive environments, critical insights are needed into the implications for administration and pedagogy. Written by a major contributor to the field, this book contextualizes online education in the past and present before analyzing its fundamental changes to instruction, program integration, social interaction, content construction, networked media, policy, and more. A provocative concluding chapter speculates on the future of education as the sector becomes increasingly dependent on learning technologies.

"Picciano is one of our great and long-standing contributors to teaching, learning, and research in online education. In this book, he takes us on an entire journey through the online learning landscape. He navigates the landscape of the past and present foundations, frameworks, definitions, research, planning models, design of instruction, and support structures. The journey extends into the future, exploring how technological change is ever-changing the nature and conduct of teaching and learning and communication in online environments. The book builds on purposeful history, compelling research, and informative practice to provide deep understanding of where online education has been and where it is going. This book is a fine resource for the field, one that stakeholders in online education and in higher education will find useful for a long time to come."

-Laurie P. Dringus, Professor, College of Engineering and Computing, Nova Southeastern University, USA

"If I were trying to understand the past, present and future landscape of online learning, this book would be the overwhelming choice. The range of topics, contexts, and precise language make this a tour de force for locating the epicenters of educational transformation. Tony Picciano was there from the beginning and has nurtured our understanding of online learning for decades so this work never deviates from its purpose or avoids complex issues. This book is a bold and comprehensive portrait that frames and resets how we understand then, now, and what lies ahead. A must-read for experts as well as novices."

-Charles D. Dziuban, Director of the Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness, University of Central Florida, USA

"Dr. Picciano is a legend in the online learning community and a colleague who I have held in the highest regard for more than two decades. He provides a critically important book that captures a thoughtful reflection on where we have been and then attends to important questions related to approaches that are appropriate in our field. This foundation enables this pioneer to offer his insight and valuable predictions about the future. Recognizing that online learning can impact virtually all instruction, this is an essential resource for any educator."

-Eric E. Fredericksen, Associate Vice President for Online Learning & Associate Professor in Educational Leadership, University of Rochester, USA

"Few individuals have a historical perspective of online/blended learning like Tony Picciano. His career in education has spanned over four decades, during which time he has served in school level positions and high level university positions. His research and leadership with the Online Learning Consortium (formally the Sloan Consortium) have given him insights related to the emergence and expansion of online learning available to few others. This book includes stories from his personal journey as well as insights about the past, present, and future of education in a digital world."

-Charles R. Graham, Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology, Brigham Young University, USA

About the Author
Anthony G. Picciano is Professor of Education Leadership at Hunter College and Professor in the PhD program in Urban Education at the City University of New York Graduate Center, USA


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