1st Edition

The Encyclopedia of Female Pioneers in Online Learning

By Susan Bainbridge, Norine Wark Copyright 2023
    492 Pages 115 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    492 Pages 115 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Encyclopedia of Female Pioneers of Online Learning is the first volume to explore the lives and scholarship of women who have prominently advanced online learning. From its humble origins as distance education courses conducted via postal correspondence to today’s advances in the design and delivery of dynamic, technology-enhanced instruction, the ever-evolving field of online learning continues to be informed by the seminal research and institutional leadership of women. This landmark book details 30 preeminent female academics, including some of the first to create online courses, design learning management systems, research innovative topics such as discourse analysis or open resources, and speak explicitly about gender parity in the field. Offering comprehensive career profiles, original interviews, and research analyses, these chapters are illuminating on their own right while amounting to an essential combination of reference material and primary source.

    Part 1 1. Initial Thoughts 2. Belawati, Tian 3. Beukes-Amiss, Catherine Margaret (Maggy) 4. Brindley, Jane Elizabeth 5. Burge, Elizabeth June (Liz) 6. Chen, Li 7. Fainholc, Beatriz 8. Farley, Helen 9. Gibson, Chere Campbell 10. Glennie, Jennifer (Jenny) 11. Gregory, Sue 12. Gunawardena, Chandra 13. Gunawardena, Charlotte Nirmalani (Lani) 14. Henri, France 15. Herring, Susan 16. Hiltz, Starr Roxanne 17. Jung, Insung 18. Kanwar, Asha 19. Keough, Erin M. 20. Koroivulaono, Theresa 21. Kurtz, Gila 22. Lamy, Thérèse 23. Meeks, Julie 24. Moran, Louise 25. Murray, Denise 26. Roberts, Judy 27. Seelig, Caroline 28. Simmons-McDonald, Hazel 29. Spronk, Barbara 30. von Prümmer, Christine 31. Young, Arlene M.C. Part 2 32. Analysis of Interviews 33. Final Thoughts Appendix A Interview Version A Appendix B Interview Version B


    Susan Bainbridge is Sessional Instructor of Distance Education in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Athabasca University, Canada and with the Center for Lifelong Learning at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany

    Norine Wark is a freelance researcher, writer, and consultant in the field of distance education.

    "Historically, the online and distance learning (ODL) field has been dominated by men, but where are the women? This much-needed book answers that question and provides a unique historical perspective into the groundbreaking contributions that women have made to ODL research and practice: from instructional design and pedagogy development to exploring new technologies and influencing public and political policy. Bainbridge and Wark’s book is an essential legacy to the pioneering work of these women in ODL."
    —Lisa Marie Blaschke, Ph.D., Program Director of the Master in Management of Technology Enhanced Learning at the Center for Lifelong Learning at University of Oldenburg, Germany

    "Women are disproportionately attracted to open and distance learning (ODL) as students. Moreover, the slow adoption of fair selection procedures in conventional higher education led many brilliant women to opt for careers in ODL. This book is a splendid attempt to tell the stories of some of these stars, many of whom I have worked with during my career. I hope this book will inspire other scholars to explore this field more widely."
    —Sir John Daniel, O.C., Chancellor of the Acsenda School of Management – Vancouver, Canada, and former Chair of the International Board of the United World Colleges and Vice-Chancellor at the Open University, UK

    "The Encyclopedia of Female Pioneers in Online Learning should find a place in all reputed libraries for the novelty of the subject and methodology and its rich content. Readers will find the individual stories as inspiration to change the world of distance and online learning for the better. . . . In short, this volume will not only interest researchers, students, and teachers, but it will also provide policymakers and EdTech companies leading in online education a comprehensive view of online learning as perceived by 30 female scholars from six continents, and it will catch everyone’s attention."
    —Madhu Parhar, Professor of Distance Education at Indira Gandhi National Open University, India, for the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning