e-Learning, Virtual Universities, and Academic Leadership

By Fataneh Taghaboni-Dutta and Betty Velthouse.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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e-Learning has revolutionized both educational opportunities and educational expectations. Higher education institutions taught nearly 3.2 million online students during the fall term of 2005. This growth is due, in part, to advances in technology that have made E-learning possible. However, the technology may be ahead of the skills needed to effectively deliver e-education. While the technology exists and continues to expand, expertise in e-learning delivery lags behind. Academic leadership which can develop and maintain a learning community when classrooms move into a virtual world is also underdeveloped. Recognizing the recent and expected growth of e-learning, and the domination of Internet in E-education, this paper explores the growth of this phenomenon. The technology required to develop online programs has progressed remarkably; however, research on digital teaching and learning has lagged behind. We also remark on academic leadership necessary to ensure success of online education initiatives at institutions of higher learning.

Keywords: e-Learning, Virtual University, Role of Academic Leaders

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.69-76. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 574.986KB).

Dr. Fataneh Taghaboni-Dutta

Associate Professor, School of Management, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, Michigan, USA

Dr. Fataneh Taghaboni-Dutta received her BS, MS, and PhD in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Her teaching interests are in management science and operations management. Her research interest is in Computer aided manufacturing and supply-chain management. She has authored many papers, and has made several presentations on these topics at various academic conferences. She has been extensively involved in the development of on-line courses (both at the MBA level and one at the undergraduate level).

Dr. Betty Velthouse

Associate Professor, School of Management, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, Michigan, USA

Dr. Betty Velthouse received her MSN from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Her teaching interests are in the area of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Communication, Organizational Leadership and Change, and Managerial Ethics. She has been teaching on-line, using a variety of modalities (interactive televised classes, total on-line courses, and mixed mode classes) for the past several years. Her research interests are in the areas of managerial ethics, empowerment, and the use and development of on-line education. Her presentations and publications reflect those interests.

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