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Global Perspectives on E-Learning

Global Perspectives on E-Learning
Rhetoric and Reality

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February 2005 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
`This is indeed a disturbing, informative and readable book. I commend it warmly to those who may wish to find out about developments in e-learning around the world; to those who have consciences which will be disturbed by much of what is highlighted and summarised here; to those willing to re-examine their optimism about the potential and implications of e-learning; and to those similarly willing to re-consider their pessimism.

Buy it, read it, re-read it, question - and keep seeking answers' - John Cowan Visiting Professor, Educational Development Unit, Napier University, British Journal Educational Technology

Global Perspectives on E-Learning presents several international case studies of online education written by authorities on e-learning and discusses the rhetoric that surrounds this form of teaching and learning. Illustrative sase studies from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Australasia are provided.

Alison A. Carr-Chellman
Alison A. Carr-Chellman
Online Education in Asia: An Analysis of China, Taiwan, and India
Ke Zhang
China's Online Education: Rhetoric and Realities
Jiang Jia qi
The Gap Between E-Learning Availability and E-Learning Industry Development in Taiwan
Priya Sharma
The Distance in Education and Online Technologies in India
Alison A. Carr-Chellman
Online Education in Europe: An Analysis of Ireland, UK, Turkey and International Study Circles
Sarah Fitzpatrick & Paul Conway
Online Learning and Differential Participation in a Democratic Society: Ireland as a Case Study
Ormond Simpson
E-Learning Democracy and Social Exclusion-Issues of Access and Retention in the UK
Ben Salt
International Study Circles
Husra Gursoy
A Critical Look at Distance Education in Turkey
Alison A. Carr-Chellman
Online Education in North America: An Analysis of the U.S. and Canadian Contributions
Leslie R. Shade & Diane Y. Dechief
Canada's SchoolNet: Wiring Up Schools?
Alison A. Carr-Chellman
The New Frontier: Web-Based Education in US Culture
Alison A. Carr-Chellman
Online Education Down Under: An Analysis of Aotearoa/New Zealand and Australia
Bill Anderson
New Zealand: Is Online Education a Highway to the Future?
Colin Latchem
Towards Borderless Virtual Learning in Higher Education
Alison A. Carr-Chellman
Online Education in Africa: An Analysis of Namibia and Sub-Saharan Africa
R. Kavena Shalyef & Hilda Nakakuwa
Development and Democracy in Namibia: The Contribution of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
Wayne Mackintosh
Can You Lead From Behind? Critical Reflections on the Rhetoric of E-Learning, Open Distance Learning and ICTs for Development in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
Robert Zemsky & William F. Massy
Stalled: E-Learning as Thwarted Innovation
Alison A. Carr-Chellman

Global Perspectives on E-Learning offers an authoritative compendium of online teaching and learning in a cross-section of nations around the World. This is a state-of-the-art review of promising online programs by authors who have participated in the movement. Rarely do we find such current and authoritative information about educational technology developments in more than a dozen countries in six continents.

Don Ely
Syracuse University

We need more critical and reflective texts on distance education and its evolution within a global framework. The authors provide the reader a social and political context for thinking about global education.

Roberto Muffoletto
Appalachian State University

Global Perspectives on E-Learning is a fascinating expedition on the road to democratizing online/distance learning through the dichotomy of rhetoric and social realities in countries around the world.

Paul Gathercoal
California Lutheran University

I think this is an excellent text. It provides the reader with a broad international perspective of distance education, something that is in short supply.

Chris Zirkle
College of Education, Ohio State University

"A must-read for policy framers and curriculum shapers."

The Hindu Business Line
The Hindu Business Line

"The book is well written and well organized. It adds significantly  to the literature that addresses global perspectives on e-learning,  and is of particular interest to those seeking additional information  about international programs. Cases represent different examples from  five continents. Therefore the book is particularly useful for instructional  designers, and policy makers who work for the disseminating online  distance learning."

Murat Ataizi
Anadolu University
Eskisehir, Turkey

"This is indeed a disturbing, informative, and readable book.  I commend it warmly to those who may wish to find out about developments in e-learning around the world; to those who have consciences which will be disturbed by much of what is highlighted and summarized here; to those willing to re-examine their optimism about the potential and implications of e-learning; and to those similarly willing to reconsider their pessimism.  Buy it, read it, re-read it, question-and keep seeking answers."


"This volume brings together a number of reports on the global phenomenon of online distance education (referred to as e-learning) in several countries in Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, and Africa. Editor Carr-Chellman and the respective chapter authors adopt a critical perspective of ‘international capitalist e-learning.’. . . . This book is for policy makers, practitioners, and the general public interested in gaining a more balanced perspective on how closely the rhetoric matched the reality of online distance learning."

P.S. Cookson
United Nationa University for Peace

"Global Perspectives on E-Learning: Rhetoric and Reality will be useful to students and research of distance learning, as well as those interested in global education, policy, and the cultural and political context of learning. The book is successful in presenting a critical, if perhaps unpopular, analysis of the current international applications of e-learning, but it is certainly not a negation of the usefulness of e-learning itself."

William Bescia and Kelly Schwartz
University of Arkansas

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