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2009 Keynote

The scholarship of distance education: A story of which we can be proud!

Presenter Michael G. Moore, Professor, Pennsylvania State University

Abstract Michael presented keynote addresses at our early conferences in the mid-1980s and advocated for the development of a scholarship of distance education. Since then, he has worked with educators worldwide to develop the field of distance education. In this presentation, Michael will reflect on the evolution of the scholarship in distance education, citing landmark research projects, theorists, books and journals, conferences, and centers of study.

Michael published the first statement of theory about distance education in 1972 and has achieved a number of “firsts” in this field. He founded the American Journal of Distance Education, established the first distance education graduate program, started a national research symposium and an international online scholarly forum (DEOS), and established a national leadership institute. He has served on the editorial boards of distance education journals and on program committees for the International Council for Distance Education. In honor of his many accomplishments and leadership, Michael is a member of the United States Distance Learning Association’s Hall of Fame. Michael has more than 100 published articles and monographs. His books include the Handbook of Distance Education and Distance Education: A Systems View with Greg Kearsley. In addition, he has presented worldwide and has participated in projects to introduce distance education to organizations in Latin America, Scandinavia, Asia, and Africa. He has consulted for UNESCO, other United Nations agencies, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank.

He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge and Visiting Professor at the Open University, United Kingdom, where he previously taught for nine years. He will return to Penn State this summer and continue to teach online, with current research interests in Web 2.0 technologies.

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