Chapter/Case Study Proposal Form
Proposal due date: June 30, 2010
Real-Life Distance Learning: Case Studies in Research and Practice
Al P. Mizell & Anthony A. Piña, Editors
Note: Proposal should not be longer than 3 pages
For each author provide: Author name, university or other affiliation (including state or country), email address, and daytime telephone number.
Provide 3-4 objectives to guide the case study (i.e., what the reader should be able to achieve as a result of reading and discussing this case study).
Overview/Background of the Case
Describe the nature of the case (i.e., the background, context, and problems that set the stage for the case).
Description of the Case
Provide a description of the case, including the primary and secondary issues to be covered in the case study chapter (this will be the longest section of the proposal).
Give examples of at least three potential questions that can be used by readers to analyze the issues, problems and solutions presented in your case (e.g., what went wrong, what could have been done differently, etc.)
Provide a sample list of at least four potential references that may be cited within your case study chapter.
Please complete form and send it as an e-mail attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org to email@example.com or before the due date listed above.
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Real-Life e-Learning: Case Studies in Research and Practice
Al P. Mizell & Anthony A. Piña, Editors
A Book to be submitted to Information Age Publishing from the AECT Division of Distance Learning
Although many useful books on distance learning exist, there is a particular benefit that a collection of first-hand experiences of actual distance learning practice can provide for students, instructors, researchers and leaders of distance learning programs. The AECT Division of Distance Learning (DDL) proposes the publication of a book containing case studies from the field of distance learning. These may come from a wide variety of settings, such as K-12, higher education, corporate, community, non-profit and government. Authors will be invited to submit authentic cases that represent different approaches to the area of distance learning. This book will be DDL’s first publication and will bring together a wide range of scenarios in the area of distance learning. Recommended topics include, but are not limited to:
· Needs assessment for establishing distance learning programs.
· Master planning, policies and procedures.
· Professional development and training for distance instructors.
· Preparation and training for distance learners.
· Student support services for distance learners.
· Return on investment (ROI) in distance learning programs.
· Instructional design of distance learning courses.
· Curriculum design of distance learning programs/degrees.
· Methods and strategies for teaching online.
· Promoting interactivity in distance learning courses.
· Games and simulations in distance learning programs.
· Learning management systems (Blackboard, Moodle, etc.).
· Web 2.0 applications
· Second Life or other virtual environments
· Technical infrastructure and support.
· Academic integrity (cheating, plagiarism, identity verification, etc.)
· Administration/management of distance learning programs.
· Marketing and promotion of distance learning.
· Research and evaluation of distance learning programs.
· Quality assurance.
There will be three components for each case study:
· A chapter, comprising a description of the case: 2500-5000 words.
· A list of questions used to analyze the issues, problems, etc. discussed in the case.
· A supporting reference list of related resources on the topic submitted.
This book will be particularly useful for:
· Academic programs that include the study and analysis of current issues in technology and distance learning in education and training.
· Scholars studying the field of instructional technology and distance learning.
· Those who teach or train at a distance.
· Institutional leaders wishing to establish or improve their distance learning programs.
It is anticipated that the book will have 12-17 chapters of 10-20 pages each, plus introductory material, author information, and index, for a total of 150-230 pages.
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of their proposed chapters (see proposal format below). Authors of accepted proposals will be notified about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Chapters will be evaluated via a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers.
July 15, 2010: Notification of acceptance w/chapter submission instructions
September 30, 2010: Chapter submission deadline
October 30, 2010: Evaluation completed by reviewers
November 30, 2010: Revised chapter submission deadline
December 15, 2010: Final approval of chapters
Dr. Al P. Mizell is Professor and Coordinator of Special Incentives at the Fischler School of Education & Human Services, Nova Southeastern University. Al is co-author of the book Teaching and Learning with Technology and is President of the Division of Distance Learning (DDL), Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT).
Dr. Anthony A. Piña is Dean of Online Studies at Sullivan University. Tony is author of the book Distance Learning and the Institution: Foundations, Importance and Implementation and is Past President of the Division of Distance Learning (DDL), Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT).