Teaching and Learning at a Distance: Foundations of Distance Education (4th Edition)

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The field of distance learning is growing in importance and size.  This introductory distance education textbook gives readers the basic information they need to be knowledgeable distance educators.  Understanding that most students would prefer to sit in a classroom, the book offers practical solutions for providing equivalent opportunities for various ways of learning.  Distance education requires considerable pre-planning in order to be effective, and yet when designed and delivered correctly, it allows the teacher to move beyond the simple delivery of content to the guiding of the learning process.  This book is the most comprehensive and widely adopted for distance learning courses and also provides the most visuals.  It fills the need for a research-based book about the best practices in distance education. 

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Are you prepared to teach at a distance or manage distance education systems? The fourth edition of Teaching and Learning at a Distance: Foundations of Distance Education provides you with the basics you need to become a knowledgeable distance educator including:

  • theory and research that inform distance learning (Part I),
  • practical skills and knowledge needed to function immediately in a distance learning environment (Part II),
  • and managerial and administrative issues that arise in the distance learning environment (Part III).  

Teaching and Learning at a Distance is unique in its broad coverage of the various technologies that can be used for the delivery of distance education from correspondence study to online, internet-based learning. Current users of this text will recognize the organization of the table of contents has not changed but will be pleased to see the information reflects current thought and accepted practices in distance education including an increased emphasis on internet-based distance education.

 

Features For Your Success:

  • NEW! Increased coverage of Course Management Systems.
  • NEW! Assessment for Distance Education (Chapter10) has been thoroughly revised.
  • NEW! Copyright and Distance Education (Chapter 11) reflects major updates in the interpretation of copyright case law providing a more comprehensive and applied perspective.
  • NEW! A Look at Best Practice Issues feature presents critical issues in the field of distance education.
  • NEW! Stronger emphasis is placed on how to design, deliver, and evaluate online instruction as distance education has matured and the importance of online instruction has grown.
  • NEW! Discussion Questions have been added to five chapters encouraging class disucssion on chapter-related key concepts and issues.
  • Chapter Goals and Objectives provide you with an organizational plan and structure chapter information.
  • Numerous visuals have been added to clarify concepts and explain procedures.
  • Self-Test Questions and Answers to Self-Test Questions sections at end of key chapters help the reader review  the core ideas and issues of the chapter.
  • References and Additional Readings are included at the end of select chapters for further exploration of chapter concepts.

About the Author:

Michael Simonson is a program professor at Nova Southeastern University in the Instructional Technology and Distance Education program. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in Instructional Systems. He works with schools, organizations, and corporations to assist them to integrate instructional technology and distance education into teaching and training, and on the development of virtual schools. Simonson has authored four major textbooks dealing with distance education, instructional technology, instructional computing, and instructional media. Mike has over 150 scholarly publications, and in excess of 200 professional presentations dealing with distance education and instructional technology. Simonson has considerable experience working with domestic and international businesses and industries, especially on projects related to instructional technology, virtual schools, and distance education. Technology planning, distance education/virtual school policy development and effective design of online instruction are current projects. He is editor of the Quarterly Review of Distance Education, Distance Learning Journal, and Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Papers presented at the Annual Conventions of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. He has won the award for most outstanding research in the field of distance education presented by the United States Distance Learning Association. Most recently he has been an external evaluator South Dakota’s Connecting the Schools and Digital Dakota Network projects, and is a consultant for the U.S. Army Research Institute. Simonson was honorably discharged as a Captain from the United States Marine Corps (R).

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