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The Sage Handbook of Online Higher Education

The Sage Handbook of Online Higher Education

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November 2023 | 672 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The SAGE Handbook of Online Higher Education presents a cutting-edge collection of 50 essays that explores the rapidly evolving landscape of online teaching and learning in higher education. Assembled and contributed by a team of leading experts, the Handbook adopts a uniquely holistic approach to examining the needs of online education.

Chapters bring together voices from diverse and international backgrounds to provide insights applicable to a broad range of contexts, and present practical strategies for planning, delivering quality online higher education. The handbook covers a wide range of topics, including online pedagogy, instructional design, student engagement, technological innovation, assessment, leadership, and the developing role of online education in the context of broader societal and cultural shifts.

The SAGE Handbook of Online Higher Education is an essential resource for educators, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners who seek to understand and shape the future of higher education in the digital age.

Section 1: Fundamentals of Online Education

Section 2: Online Education Around the World

Section 3: Online Instructional Design

Section 4: Online Instructional Delivery

Section 5: Instructional Technology for Online Education

Section 6: Online Education Administration and Management

Section 7: Student Support Services

Section 1: Fundamentals of Online Education
Safary Wa-Mbaleka, Kelvin Thompson, & Leni Casimiro
Chapter 1 Introduction to Online Higher Education
Christian C. Ekoto
Chapter 2: Role of Online Learning in Tertiary Education
Charles R. Graham, Tawnya Means, Karen Arnesen, Jennifer Ramsey
Chapter 3: Principles of Blended Learning
Taskeen Adam
Chapter 4: Critical Perspectives on Open Education and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
Darrin Thomas & Robert Osei-Bonsu
Chapter 5: Online Learners’ Needs, Characteristics, and Rights
Apostolos Koutropoulos
Chapter 6: Emergency Remote Teaching and Learning
Section 2: Online Education Around the World
Kelvin Thompson & Thomas Cavanagh
Chapter 7: Online Higher Education in the United States of America
Nicole Johnson
Chapter 8: Online Higher Education in Canada
Gianina Estera Petre
Chapter 9: Online Higher Education in Europe
Leni Casimiro & Tian Belawati
Chapter 10: Online Higher Education in Asia
Liliana Marcela Cuesta Medina
Chapter 11: Online Higher Education Latin America
Safary Wa-Mbaleka & Paluku Kazimoto
Chapter 12: Online Higher Education in Africa
Debbie Tsui, Henk Huijser, Nona Press & Pranit Anand
Chapter 13: Online Higher Education in Australia
Reynaldo Segumpan, Georges Yahchouchi & Faten El Hage
Chapter 14: Online Higher Education in the Arab Countries of the Middle East
Section 3: Online Instructional Design
Darrin Thomas
Chapter 15: Online Learning Theories
Christian C. Ekoto & Safary Wa-Mbaleka
Chapter 16: Online Instructional Design: Theories, Models, and Best Practices
Lorna Gonzalez, Rachael Jordan, & Kristi Oneil-Gonzalez
Chapter 17: Needs Analysis for Online Course Design
Daniel Ganu & Josephine Ganu
Chapter 18: Online Course Syllabus Design
Aiman Khamitova & Anna CohenMiller
Chapter 19: Designing Instructional Activities and Materials for Online Teaching and Learning
Ismahan Arslan-Ari & Fatih Ari
Chapter 20: Designing Accessible Materials for Online Education
Dirk Ifenthaler & Joana Heil
Chapter 21: Designing Online Assessments
Thomas J. Tobin
Chapter 22: Copyright, Fair Use, and Open Licensing in Online Courses
Section 4: Online Instructional Delivery
Chuck Hodges et al.
Chapter 23: Digital Media for Online Education
May Lim & Karin Avnit
Chapter 24: Preparing and Supporting Online Students
Florence Martin & Ayesha Sadaf
Chapter 25: Effective Online Teaching Strategies
Kiruthika Ragupathi, Soo Yuen Jien & Adrian Lee
Chapter 26: Qualities of an Effective Online Facilitator
Aimee deNoyelles & Susan Wegmann
Chapter 27: Facilitating Online Discussions
Glenda Marian Crosling, Siti Norbaya Azizan, & Benedict Valentine Arulanandam
Chapter 28: Proctoring Online Tests and Grading Online Assessments
Sherri Braxton
Chapter 29: Microcredentialing and Other Alternative Online Education Systems
Tanya Joosten
Chapter 30: Effective Online Communication
Part 5: Instructional Technology for Online Education
Lossan Bonde
Chapter 31: Information Technology Considerations for Online Education
Vusumuzi Maphosa
Chapter 32: Learning Management Systems: Affordances and Constraints
Hamish Coates, Liu Liu, & Zhang Juan
Chapter 33: Online Assessment Platforms
Paul Moulema & Ali Erarslan
Chapter 34: Information Technology Security in Online Education
Rose Ruto-Korir & Nokuthula Vilakati
Chapter 35: Social Media in Online Education
Genevieve Boucaud
Chapter 36: Dealing with Accessibility Issues
Glenda Gunter, Robert Kenny, and Paulina Bzdun
Chapter 37: Gamification in Online Education
Victoria Lynn Lowell & Anthony Chuka Ilobinso
Chapter 38: Virtual Reality in Online Higher Education for Learner Engagement, Interaction, and Experiential Learning
Section 6: Online Education Administration and Management
Leni Casimiro, Safary Wa-Mbaleka, & Kelvin Thompson
Chapter 39: Leadership in Online Higher Education
Jude L. Tayaben & Sandeep Lloyd Kachchhap
Chapter 40: Designing and Accrediting Online Programs
Anthony Piña
Chapter 41: Managing and Evaluating Online Programs
Onesimus Otieno & Shannon Riggs
Chapter 42: Planning for Quality Assurance in Online Education
Seyram Amenyedzi
Chapter 43: Financial Considerations in Online Higher Education
Karen Ferreira-Meyers
Chapter 44: Online Faculty Professional Development
Julia Chen & Foung Ken Wai
Chapter 45: Using Learning Analytics to Support the Learners
Lorena Neria de Girarte
Chapter 46: Student Recruitment, Retention, and Completion Strategies
José Luis Girarte & Teofilo Esguerra
Chapter 47: Online Library Features and Support Systems
Melinda Bandalaria
Chapter 48: Supporting Online Students’ Research
Hengtao Tang
Chapter 49: Designing and Supporting Online Labs
Kelvin Thompson, Leni Casimiro, & Safary Wa-Mbaleka
Chapter 50: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives of Online Education

This book should be on the reading list for all educators who care about providing a quality educational experience for their students. Written by global experts in online learning, it provides a comprehensive foundation to guide leaders, faculty and staff through the various elements that are critical to building effective online programs. It is through resources like this that we are able to provide a path forward to successful learning during normal times and continuity of learning during a crisis or natural disaster.

Jennifer Mathes, PhD
Chief Executive Officer, Online Learning Consortium, USA

This resource could not have come at a more opportune time. The breath and scope of the sections and chapters capture the global sense of where online learning has been, where it is now and what the future might have in store for us. The topics covered are emergent making the handbook much more than the sum of its parts guiding us skillfully around the world, addressing online teaching and learning through the perspective design, delivery, instructional technology administration and student support. The best educational scholars across the globe have made this book a tour de force for understanding and implementing quality online learning.

Charles Dziuban, PhD
Director, Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness, University of Central Florida, USA

This international collection of chapters on developments in online learning in higher education is timely, coming soon after the impact of Covid-19 on teaching and learning, the recent developments in new online technologies such as video streaming, social media, simulations and games, virtual reality, and the growing impact of AI tools such as ChatGPT. The chapters include a review of online learning around the world, online instructional design, online instructional delivery, instructional technology, online educational administration, and student support services. The book will be essential reading for all in higher education concerned with either teaching or administration. 

Dr. Tony Bates
Senior Advisor, Chang School of Continuing Education, Toronto Metropolitan University and Research Associate, Contact North, Canada

With the increasing demand for online higher education, it is essential that we have a comprehensive understanding of how to design, develop and deliver high-quality online education, lead and manage online education institutionally, and support faculty endeavors and student learning. The SAGE Handbook of Online Higher Education, which is a ground-breaking volume with contributions from more than 100 well-recognized experts of online education, is an invaluable resource for higher education educators and leadership. It systematically explores theories, frameworks, strategies and technologies for online learning design, teaching, assessment, and administration and provides eight case studies across six continents.

Dr. Tabisa Mayisela
Coordinator, Staff Development cluster and Deputy director, CILT - Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching; University of Cape Town, South Africa

On behalf of the Asian distance educators, enthusiasts, and practitioners, I would like to appreciate the initiatives of the editors as well as the writers of this handbook, who have worked hard in promoting the online learning practice as the most effective mode in open and distance learning system.  This handbook is a real portrait of the online learning practice in higher education globally. Furthermore, this handbook is very insightful in terms of the coverage of the different dimensions of online education. Everyone involved or interested in offering online education must have a copy of this handbook.

Prof. Ojat Darojat
President, Asian Association of Open Universities, Universitas Terbuka, Indonesia

In response to the pressures of the recent global pandemic, online learning has become a global imperative forcing initially reluctant institutions of higher education to start engaging with the realities and complexities of designing, developing, and implementing quality online learning which is here to stay. This useful handbook comes just in time, and will be very useful for a variety of users, supporting the various steps and processes required for the design, delivery and management of quality student-focused online learning experiences and programs. Issues regularly faced by higher education institutions are approached from a variety of global perspectives, strategies, and best practices.

Rev Dr Alice Barlow-Zambodla
Research Convenor for the e/merge Africa Network, South Africa

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