The Journal of Distance Education, Vol. 23, No. 2 is now available online.

The four research articles in this issue address the themes of motivation, group work and community in the online distance education environment.

In the Dialogue section of this issue Randy Garrison challenges us to think about the foundational principles and practices of distance education and whether these remain relevant when distance education is increasingly online and technology-supported. Sarah Guri-Rosenblit furthers this discussion in Distance education in the digital age: Common misconceptions and challenging tasks.

Zehra Akyol and her colleagues provide a critique of Liam Rourke and Heather Kanuka’s article, Learning in communities of inquiry: A review of the literature (JDE 23.1).

In the FYI section there are two articles that report on innovative distance education initiatives in the health education field.

There are also reviews of two newly-released books: Distance learning in higher education by Alfred Rovai, Michael Ponton & Jason Baker and E-Learning research by Richard Andrews and Caroline Haythornthwaite.

Plenty of good reading here!


  1. Distance Learning, is a field of education that focuses on the pedagogy and andragogy, technology, and instructional systems design that aim to deliver education to students who are not physically “on site”. Distance learning provides major benefits to at least three main markets or categories, such as Expanding access, Emerging market opportunities, Adapting to new technology and environments.
    Distance Learning is very useful for working people.


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