Review by Library Journal Review
Divided into four thematic volumes (Distance Learning Technologies and Applications; International Computer-Based Learning; Support Services and Distance Education; Online Learning and Technologies), this comprehensive encyclopedia provides more information on distance education than Sage's one-volume Encyclopedia of Distributed Learning, although some of the essays here are very narrow in scope (e.g., Online Mental Training Using WebExcellence). Some 400 contributors, including librarians, noted technology experts like Ray Kurzweil, and other leading scholars in the field of distance education, address specific technologies and teaching tools (e.g., Tablet PCs as Online Learning Tools), along with covering broader conceptual and theoretical topics (e.g, Behaviorism; Andragogy). Other subjects include major institutions of distance learning, such as Britain's Open University, faculty roles and preparation, assessing students and programs, course design, online and e-learning as applied to K-12 schools, community colleges, universities, libraries, and other areas of adult education and training. Not surprisingly as the contributors come from 50 countries, the essays also offer an international perspective with a look at what is happening in specific countries or regions, including the Middle East, India, Malaysia, and Ireland. Each essay comes with a list of references, and there are two indexes in each volume, including one for the key terms, which are major concepts identified at the end of each essay. (In the whole set, there are more than 3000 terms and over 6000 additional references.) The entries are set up in alphabetical order, and although the indexing is adequate, it would have been helpful if a listing of articles arranged by subjects had been provided. Purchasers of the print set get access to the online edition, free for the life of the edition. Recommended for academic libraries and larger public libraries serving distance learning programs.--Beth Lindsay, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.