New Book: Online Education Policy and Practice: The Past, Present, and Future of the Digital University


cover-smallDear Commons Community,

My latest book, Online Education Policy and Practice:  The Past, Present, and Future of the Digital University (Routledge/Taylor & Francis), provides an in-depth look at the formation and development of online education in American colleges and universities.  Its basis is that we cannot understand the present or prepare for the future without insights into what has happened in the past. I see online education as part of the evolution of instructional technology in which college faculty and researchers played an integral role.  The book traces the beginnings of online education in the pre-1990s, and before the dawn of the ubiquitous Internet.  Over the past twenty years, we have seen the development and expansion of fully online courses and programs, blended learning, and the rise and fall of the MOOC phenomenon.  I am optimistic about the near future (next fifteen years or so) of the digital university that will see more learning analytics, adaptive learning, gaming, mobile applications, and competency-based education.  The more distant future (2030s and beyond)  is of greater concern as artificial intelligence, massive cloud computing, and brain-machine interfaces become integrated with most aspects of human endeavor including education. I believe policymakers, administrators, government and private funders interested in higher education will find a complete treatment of the past, present, and future of online education in this book. I reserve a particular place for the faculty who more than any other segment of higher education will be most affected by online education in the coming years. 


P.S:  Online Education Policy and Practice…is available at the following:

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