Call for Distance Education Case Book Proposals


Proposal Submission Deadline: August 15, 2008

Cases on Distance Delivery and Learning Outcomes: Emerging Trends and Programs

Edited by: Deb Gearhart, Troy University, USA

Introduction and Ojectives

Distance education has been generally defined as any form of instructional activities in which the instructor and learner are separated from each other in physical distance (Wang & Gearhart, 2006, p. 3). The field of distance education is constantly changing with the advances in technology and the new best practices which are being developed by practitioners. Cases on Distance Delivery and Learning Outcomes: Emerging Trends and Programs will explore emerging trends and techniques in the field of distance learning. In this manuscript, the impact of technology will be described, analyzed and synthesized for the objective of offering solutions for successful strategies, addressing organizational challenges and experienced pitfalls. The broad definition of distance education allows for this case book to provide a wide variety of cases using multiple distance delivery methods.

This case book will consist of cases contributed by practitioners and experts in the field of distance education and will be a valuable reference to practitioners and researchers in this field. A case book provides a unique opportunity for researchers and practitioners to share experiences and various methods of implementation and application.

The Book’s Target Audience

The case book will have several prospective audiences, among which are:

Practitioners in the field of distance education,
Distance education program administrators,
A reference for libraries,
A potential resource in distance education courses,
A resource for professional development in the training of distance education practitioners, and faculty teaching at a distance.

List of Recommended Topics

The case book is based on the best practices established by most accrediting agencies:

Best Practices

1. Institutional Context and Commitment
2. Curriculum and Instruction
3. Faculty Support
4. Student Support
5. Evaluation and Assessment

Some of the cases will be based on collegiate distance education programs and some of the cases will be based on the best practices. Any case within the best practices of distance education will be appropriate for consideration.

Submission Procedure:

I would like to invite you to submit a case for an upcoming book titled Cases on Distance Delivery and Learning Outcomes: Emerging Trends and Programs to be published by IGI Global. Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before August 15, 2008 with a 2-5 page manuscript proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed case. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by August 31, 2008 about the status of their proposal and sent the case organizational guidelines. Submission of the case for double blind review is November 30, 2008. The book will contain at least fifteen articles of approximately 9,000 words each. Final materials will be submitted to the publisher by April 15, 2009. Along with writing a case, the authors will be asked to participate in the double blind review of the other cases.

Full case submissions would include the following discussion and analysis:

–Executive Summary providing a synopsis of the overall view of the case study and the issues discussed.
–Background of the history of the organization.
–Setting the Stage of the organization’s decision process for implementing/using a particular technological application and the steps involved prior to implementation, as well as the key players involved.
–Case Description detailing an overview of the project/experience described in the case in terms of technology concerns, technology components, management and organizational concerns.
–Current Challenges Facing the Organization that supplied the means for technology to provide a solution to such real-life challenges and the result at the completion of the project/experience, as well as the current status of the organization, its challenges and problems.
–Further Reading to support the themes and offer insightful commentary.
–References in APA style.
–Support Material providing a list of questions and answers for your case; an epilogue and a list of lessons learned; and a list of resources for further study.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference) and “Medical Information Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit

Inquiries and submissions should be sent electronically (Word document) to:

Dr. Deb Gearhart
Troy University eCampus

Phone: 334-67-5776, Fax: 334-670-5679


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