CIDER session, Exploring Distance Education Research, June 2

We would like to invite you to the next presentation in our series of free CIDER sessions. This session features a presentation and discussion with Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Distance University of Hagen, Germany (FernUniversitat in Hagen).

Title: Exploring Distance Education Research
This presentation summarizes a series of three studies to explore the field of distance education research. The aim of the first study was to develop a validated classification of research areas to organize the body of knowledge in distance education. The Delphi method was used to develop a consensus among a group of distance education experts and a set of 15 research areas was derived from a literature review and the expert’s responses. In order to identify gaps and priority areas, 695 articles published in five prominent distance education journals between 2000 and 2008 were reviewed in the second study. Based on the same sample, an analysis of gender, methods and collaboration patterns among researchers in distance education was carried out in the third study.

When: Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 11am-12pm MT (Edmonton)

Where: Online via Elluminate at:

Please make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that we can use the Voice over IP functionality built into the web conferencing software. Please note that it is extremely important that you get your system set up prior to the start of the event. Information on installing the necessary software and configuring your PC is available at in the “First Time Users” section.

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