Critical Examinations of Distance Education Transformation across Disciplines

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Introduction: Distance education has had a long and complex history, but these histories are unique to disciplines or fields of study. Long has distance education been discussed as its own field of study, but the specifics of the field are unique to their respective disciplines. Some disciplines rely heavily on LMS (learning management systems) for the creation and dissemination of knowledge for distance education students. Other disciplines rely on a combination of technologies outside of a prescribed LMS to foster student learning. Every discipline has had a different resonation and understanding of the impact of distance education on its faculty, students, areas of study, and content materials. In a similar way, each discipline has had varying levels of publication regarding the history of and current status of distance education specific to the area. Some areas such as theology and nursing have an incredible amount of journal articles detailing aspects of their distance education history, whereas others do not.

Objective of the Book: Therefore, the purpose of this text is to create a multidisciplinary examination and explanation of the history(ies) of distance education. This text seeks authors from multiple disciplines (or subdisciplines) to chronicle any patterns, developments, changes, or phenomena within their respective field in regards to distance education. The goal of this text is to create a broad, multidisciplinary understanding of online education across educational boundaries and demonstrate the unique future trajectories that online education has within these disciplines.

Target Audience: The target audience for this text would be researchers at any level or cross-disciplinary researchers interested in the holistic development of distance education or potential future trends in this area. Graduate students in any area of study discussing distance education are also the target audience. Since this text is intended to be cross-disciplinary, terminology that is specific to scholars within a field should be limited or explained as though to a lay audience.

Recommended Topics: Voices are sought from all fields of study to submit an abstract for consideration regarding the history of distance education in their respective field. These abstracts can be general such as "A History of Online Education in Introductory College Biology Courses" or more specific such as "Understanding the Development of Social Media in History Education."

Submission Procedure: Interested participants are invited to submit a 300 word abstract on or before July 30, 2013 clearly explaining the field of study and specific developments to be addressed within the chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by August 15, 2013 about the status of their proposals and given specific chapter guidelines. Full chapters, if accepted, are expected to be submitted by December 30, 2013. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Please send any inquiries or submit abstracts electronically to:
Dr. Abigail Scheg, Assistant Professor of English, Elizabeth City State University

Publisher: This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2014.