A Guide to Administering Distance Learning


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The rapid rise of e-learning worldwide means that campuses are creating new positions in distance learning leadership, often at the vice-president or vice-provost level. Frequently, those applying for such positions are recently graduated doctoral students or faculty members who have never served in administration. Unlike any other book to date, this Guide to Administering Online Learning provides easy access to an overview of tasks to be accomplished or maintained and perspectives to consider in order to direct dynamic online initiatives. In it, experienced distance learning teachers and administrators share their insights regarding what must be done to administer effective online learning, including theoretical insights as well as practical principles. They provide comprehensive guidelines for addressing issues and needs that distance learning administrators currently face: barriers to adoption, policies, legalities, ethics, strategic planning, emerging technologies, design of professional development, management of the course development process, quality assurance, student support, and recruitment and marketing. This book is a timely offering from those who have effectively led distance learning initiatives for those who are interested in leading distance learning for the next generation of learners. Each chapter includes questions, prompts, or activities to help readers relate the concept to their own experiences.

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Lauren Cifuentes, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, directed distance learning at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi for seven years. She has conducted research, published over one-hundred articles, and given countless distance learning workshops in universities and K-12 schools worldwide.
Kaye Shelton
Series Editors’ Foreword
Anthony A. Piña and Christopher T. Miller
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Notes on Contributors

1 Status of Online Learning
Christopher T. Miller and Hannah Digges-Elliott
2 Leadership for Online Learning
Ray Schroeder
3 Barriers in Online Education and Strategies for Overcoming Them
Florence Martin and Swapna Kumar
4 Legalities, Policies, Ethics, Accreditation, and Institutional Support
Duane M. Dunn
5 Theories and Frameworks for Online Education: Seeking an Integrated Model
Anthony G. Picciano
6 Analyzing Your Context to Administer and Improve Distance Learning
Atsusi “2c” Hirumi, Meredith Ratliff and Efrén de la Mora Velasco
7 Managing the Course Development Process
Anthony A. Piña
8 Course Designs for Distance Teaching and Learning
Lauren Cifuentes
9 Engaging Faculty through Professional Development and the Course Development Process
Josh Stringle and Jennifer Veloff
10 Quality Assurance in Online Education
Karen Swan
11 Marketing and Recruitment
Adam Schultz and Rachel Mork
12 Student Affairs and Support in Distance Learning Environments
Renay M. Scott
13 Student Success: Administering Distance Education for Student Success
Ormond Simpson
14 Support Technologies
Tonia A. Dousay and Cassidy S. Hall
15 Your Distance Learning Community
Anthony A. Piña and Lauren Cifuentes
16 Ramping up Distance Learning in a Crisis: Lessons Learned from Covid-19
Robbie Grant, Michelle Lebsock, Daniel Olssen and Timothy Strasser
17 Conclusions
Lauren Cifuentes

Teachers of distance learning leadership and students of educational technology and/or educational administration and leadership. CIOs, provosts, school superintendents and principals, and those interested in e-learning administration in colleges, universities, and prek-12.
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