Online Education Policy and Practice

Online Education Policy and Practice examines the past, present, and future of networked learning environments and the changing role of faculty within them. As digital technologies in higher education increasingly enable blended classrooms, collaborative assignments, and wider student access, an understanding of the creation and ongoing developments of these platforms is needed more than ever. By investigating the history of online education, the rise and critique of MOOCs, the mainstreaming of social media, mobile devices, gaming in instruction, and more, this expansive book outlines a variety of potential scenarios likely to become realities in higher education over the next decade.

About the Author:

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

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Table of Contents

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Section I – The Higher Education Landscape

Chapter 1 – Introduction: The Ideology and Technology that Drives Higher Education Policy and Practice

Chapter 2 – American Higher Education at the Crossroads

Chapter 3 – Are the Faculty the University?

Chapter 4 – Higher Education, Digital Technology, and Instruction

Section II – Online Education

Chapter 5 – The First Wave: Beginnings (1993-1999)

Chapter 6 – The Second Wave: Blending into the Mainstream (Early 2000s)

Chapter 7 – The Third Wave: The MOOC Phenomenon (2008-2013)

Chapter 8 – The Fourth Wave: The Reconciliation of Blended and MOOC Technologies (2014-2020)

Chapter 9 – The Fifth Wave: Maturation (2021-2029)

Chapter 10 – 2030 and Beyond


About the Author