Administration: Four Distance Education Leadership Strategies

Providing leadership in distance education is challenging.  The DE environment is complex, the technology involved evolves rapidly, and it is often an uphill fight to promote adoption by the academy.  Yet distance education is often located in a traditional university environment that does not fit the needs of the fast-moving world of DE. Nancy Coleman is director of distance education at Boston University.  In an abstract for a presentation at the 2013 Sloan-C Conference, she described the issues like this: “Many institutions of higher learning are still stuck in an old administrative model in which the integration of technology, governance of distance education, virtual learners and associated support issues cause confusion and distress...

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