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Online learning has moved to the forefront of academia as institutes of higher learning around the world have been compelled to move their classroom courses to the virtual space with little preparation. But even now, in the wake of the pandemic, many questions remain unanswered: Can an online course deliver the same quality as a live classroom experience? Can an institution retain its unique cultural values in the process? How can an online course foster a meaningful form of community-building? What are the “must-have” requisites for moving classroom courses and programs into an online space? How does a shift to digital learning affect instructional methods, student-faculty engagement, and accreditation concerns?

These and many other questions make this handbook an invaluable resource for educators and administrators. Edited by Drs. Kjell Rudestam, Judith Schoenholtz-Read and Monique Snowden, this volume captures the experience of leading educators and professionals in online learning—both at traditional campuses and virtual organizations. Drawing upon the research literature as well as first-hand experiences and case studies, the authors argue that online learning will become vested as integral to the future of higher education.

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"... coaching coaches, training trainers, educating educators, managing managers, and capturing and “mentoring the holistic learner” of the 21st century (Willyerd, 2015) goes beyond modifying an existing approach; it requires a new system-wide mindset not to lose the human connection. This new mindset and approach mandate the application of mentorship communication in leadership, training, sharing, and dissemination of knowledge for onboarding, maintaining, promoting, validating, and guiding every task of our learning regiment (Mehl, 2021) "

Contextually, we need to remember that the brain does not exist in a vacuum during the learning process as the modes of communication impact it and the levels of skills that coincide with it. The intangibles matter. The challenge of learning while “life happens” impacts comprehension and can derail, distract, and deter the success of a scholar in waiting. (Mehl, 2021).



“The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) applauds the scholarly publication, Handbook of Online Learning in Higher Education… An excellent research source that would be helpful in determining the efficacy of online teaching and learning for any college or university.”

—Cynthia Jackson-Hammond
President of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)


“The authors provide a comprehensive vantage point from which to view the evolution of online learning as well as a handy set of tools for practitioners. A must-read for anyone seeking to be relevant in the field.”

Louis Soares
Chief Learning and Innovation Officer, American Council on Education


“This book provides the most comprehensive look at distance education any practitioner will ever need to successfully develop, implement, or administer an online program.  It is both practical and theoretical, and offers guidance to every entity involved in the development and approval of an online program.”

—Belle Wheelan
President and C.E.O., the Southern Association of Colleges

“This book is a Godsend… (and) desperately needed. It tells the reader what the landscape looks like today and how to design, teach, assess, meet compliance requirements, and create a community and culture for online learning.” 

—Arthur Levine
President Emeritus, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

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