ERIC Number: EJ1068417
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: 17
Distance Education Leadership for the New Century
Beaudoin, Michael F.
Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, v6 n2 Sum 2003
A new role for the professoriate in the new millennium has been recognized and encouraged, especially as technology-assisted instruction has proliferated and changed the way teachers and students interact, as well as the manner in which educational entities must now do business to meet the demands of a digitized society. The literature describing the rapid evolution of distance education delivery systems over the past twenty years has frequently categorized it into three stages, from correspondence education, to technology-assisted education and, more recently, networked education. Although all three remain, and there are variants on each of these models, the theme is consistent that dramatic changes are now occurring in how instruction is designed and delivered across time and space. As this dynamic becomes more frequent and more pervasive, faculty have been admonished to be more receptive and adaptive to opportunities for playing exciting new roles in the distance education arena. But it seems adequate attention has not yet been given to new roles required of leaders within those institutions. Schools and colleges in the new millennium need leaders who have reflected on their experiences and internalized understandings about their own capacity to lead. This should apply no less to those in leadership roles in distance education settings within those institutions. The intention of this paper is to better understand the role and impact of leadership in distance education settings, examine recent research and writing in this area, and identify research lacunae needing further investigation; offer insights and suggestions for "Best Practices" to those involved in, or aspiring to leadership roles; and generate interest in the study of distance education leadership.
Descriptors: Distance Education, Leadership Role, Educational Change, Best Practices, Literature Reviews, Scholarship, Transformational Leadership, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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