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Distance and Blended Learning in Asia

1st Edition

By Colin Latchem, Insung Jung


280 pages

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Distance and Blended Learning in Asia is a unique and comprehensive overview of open, distance learning (ODL) and information and communication technology (ICT) in Asian education and training. Broad in coverage, this book critically examines ODL and ICT experiences from Japan to Turkey and from Sri Lanka to Mongolia – drawing conclusions from the successes and failures, and recommending ways in which planning, management and practice may be developed for the world’s largest concentration of adult open and distance learners.

This pioneering book draws on Asian theory, research and practice to identify the strengths, weaknesses and challenges in all sectors of Asian education and training. It critically and insightfully discusses the ideas, skills and practices that are necessary to advance knowledge in leadership and management, professional development, innovation and quality assurance and research and diffusion.

Distance and Blended Learning in Asia provides an insightful, informative and critical review of ODL / ICT developments in schools, open schooling, colleges, universities, workplace training, professional development and non-formal adult and community education. The book is an invaluable reference for ODL / ICT professionals, educators and students anywhere in the world, and is essential reading for all of those involved in ODL / ICT in Asia.


"This is one of the best books I have read recently on distance education…I strongly recommend this book to everyone with an interest in e-learning and distance education, and especially those in Asia, but it will also be of particular value to African institutions, as it provides some clear pointers for how e-learning and distance education can be, and has been, developed in less economically advanced countries…This will be a book I will constantly refer to over time."--Tony Bates, October 2009

"The book is a gold-mine of information, and the notes and references show the painstaking and meticulous work done by the authors…[it] is a starting point to understand the complex social, economic and educational contexts of distance education in Asia."--Sanjaya Mishra, British Journal of Educational Technology, 2009

"This is an important book. It will broaden the perspective of educators who may not often consider comparisons to the educational needs beyond their own national borders"--Teaching Theology and Religion

Table of Contents



1. Technology, e-readiness and e-learning readiness

2. Open schooling, SchoolNets and ICT integration in classrooms

3. Higher education

4. Lifelong learning, workplace training, professional development and non-formal adult and community education

5. New providers and new markets

6. ICT integration in and beyond the school

7. Instructional design, learner support and assessment in e-learning

8. Leadership for educational change and innovation

9. Quality assurance and accreditation

10. Staff training and development

11. Research, publication and translating research into practice

12. Conclusions

About the Authors

Colin Latchem is an Australian-based consultant in open and distance learning

Insung Jung is Professor of Education, Media & Society at the International Christian University in Tokyo around the globe.

About the Series

Open and Flexible Learning Series

This internationally respected series features invaluable contributions from the world's leading experts in the field of online learning. It offers a combination of innovative research and practical advice, offering valuable insights into the comprehensive process of developing, teaching, learning, and managing online and distance learning materials.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Distance Education & Learning