Online Education Policy and Practice: The Past, Present, and Future of the Digital University, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Online Education Policy and Practice

The Past, Present, and Future of the Digital University, 1st Edition

By Anthony G. Picciano


224 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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Online Education Policy and Practice examines the past, present, and future of networked learning environments and the changing role of faculty within them. As digital technologies in higher education increasingly enable blended classrooms, collaborative assignments, and wider student access, an understanding of the creation and ongoing developments of these platforms is needed more than ever. By investigating the history of online education, the rise and critique of MOOCs, the mainstreaming of social media, mobile devices, gaming in instruction, and more, this expansive book outlines a variety of potential scenarios likely to become realities in higher education over the next decade.


"Every so often, a remarkable piece of work appears that contextualizes a cultural phenomenon for its historical relevance, contemporary status, and future trajectory. This book does precisely that for online education in a clear and unambiguous fashion. "

--Charles Dziuban, Director of the Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness at the University of Central Florida, USA

"Dr. Picciano accurately captures the history of online learning and provides fundamental context by situating online learning in the overall higher education landscape. This book is a must-read and a trusted resource for any higher education leader or faculty member."

--Eric Fredericksen, Associate Vice President for Online Learning and Associate Professor in Educational Leadership, University of Rochester, USA

"Picciano puts online education in the context of academic mission, outlines the progressive path the use of technology to teach has taken, and reminds us that change and adaptation are keys to survival. This book will be pulled from your shelf often as a reference and resource."

--Mary Niemiec, Associate Vice President for Distance Education and Director of University of Nebraska Online Worldwide, University of Nebraska, USA

Table of Contents

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Section I – The Higher Education Landscape

Chapter 1 – Introduction: The Ideology and Technology that Drives Higher Education Policy and Practice

Chapter 2 - American Higher Education at the Crossroads

Chapter 3 - Are the Faculty the University?

Chapter 4 - Higher Education, Digital Technology, and Instruction

Section II – Online Education

Chapter 5 - The First Wave: Beginnings (1993-1999)

Chapter 6 - The Second Wave: Blending into the Mainstream (Early 2000s)

Chapter 7 - The Third Wave: The MOOC Phenomenon (2008-2013)

Chapter 8 - The Fourth Wave: The Reconciliation of Blended and MOOC Technologies (2014-2020)

Chapter 9 - The Fifth Wave: Maturation (2021-2029)

Chapter 10 - 2030 and Beyond


About the Author


About the Author

Anthony G. Picciano is Professor and Executive Officer of the PhD Program in Urban Education at the City University of New York Graduate Center and Professor of Education Leadership at Hunter College, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Computers & Technology
EDUCATION / Distance Education & Learning