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Distance Education

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Distance Education

Address:
Wayne Hall
6th Floor
125 W. Rosedale Ave.
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2948
Fax: 610-436-2189
Email: DistanceEd@wcupa.edu


Distance Education Support
Phone: 610-436-3373
Email: DistanceEd@wcupa.edu

Scholar Center

The Distance Education Scholars Center has been established to serve as a hub and catalyst for distance education research at WCU and to bring students, faculty, and other members of the community together through learning, scholarship and service. An array of faculty have already begun the effort to apply their scholarship skills to gather and share information about distance education culture and effectiveness at WCU. We always welcome more faculty to join us to offer new visions and directions.

Publications

Smidt, E., Li, R., Bunk, J., Kochem, T., & McAndrew, A. (2017). The meaning of quality in an online course to administrators, faculty, and students. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 28(1), 65-86. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved from http://www.learntechlib.org/p/174185.

Li, R., Bunk, J., & Smidt, E. (2017). Understanding Faculty and Student Attitudes about Distance Education: The Importance of Excitement and Fear. In M. Northcote, & K. Gosselin (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Humanizing the Distance Learning Experience (pp. 410-434). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-0968-4.ch018

Smidt, E., Bunk, J., Li, R., McAndrew, A., & Florence, M. (2016). Understanding student attitudes about distance education: The importance of excitement and fear. IAFOR Journal of Education, 4(1), 90-104. Retrieved from http://iafor.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/5.-Understanding-Student-Attitudes-about-Distance-Education-The-Importance-of-Excitement-and-Fear-.pdf .

Bunk, J., Li, R., Smidt, E., Bidetti, C., & Malize, B.  (2015). Understanding faculty attitudes about distance education: The importance of excitement and fear.  Online Learning, 19(4). Retrieved from http://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/olj/article/download/559/164.

Smidt, E., McDyre, B., Bunk, J., Li, R., & Gatenby, T. (2014) Faculty attitudes about distance education. The IAFOR Journal of Education, 2(2), 181-209. Retrieved from http://iafor.org/iafor/iafor-journal-of-education-volume-2-issue-2/.

Smidt, E., Bunk, J., McGrory, B., Li, R., & Gatenby, T. (2014). Student attitudes about distance education: Focusing on context and effective practices. The IAFOR Journal of Education, 2(1), 40-64. Retrieved from http://iafor.org/iafor/ije-volume-2-issue-1/.

Conference Presentations

Li, R., Bunk, J., & Smidt, E. (July 2017). Faculty and student attitudes about distance education: exploring the psychological processes. Paper presented at the IAFOR European Conference on Education (ECE 2017). Brighton, UK.

Smidt, E., Bunk, J., Li, R., McAndrew, A., & Florence, M. (July 2016). Understanding Student Attitudes about Distance Education: The Importance of Excitement and Fear. Paper presented at the IAFOR European Conference on Technology in the Classroom (ECTC 2016). Brighton, UK.

Smidt, E., McAndrew, A., & McDyre, B. (July 2016). Synchronous video chat sessions in a TESOL graduate online course: Instructor roles and best practices. Paper presented at the IAFOR European Conference on Technology in the Classroom (ECTC 2016). Brighton, UK.

Li, R., Malize, B., Smidt, E., & Bunk, J. (June 2015). A comparison of faculty and student attitudes towards distance education. Paper presented at the World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2015 (EdMedia 2015). Montreal, Canada.

Li, R., Smidt, E., Bunk, J. & Gatenby, T. (October 2014). Faculty and online education: A replication study of the 2012 National Survey. Paper presented at the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2014 (E-Learn 2014). New Orleans, LA.

Smidt, E., McDyre, B., Bunk, J., Li, R., & Gatenby, T. (September 2014). Faculty attitudes about distance education in an online faculty development program. Paper presented at the IAFOR North American Conference on Education (NACE 2014). Providence, RI.

Smidt, E., Bunk, J., Li, R., & Gatenby, T. (November 2013). Continuing the distance education scholarship at WCU: An update on current research. Paper presented at the Pennsylvania Distance Learning Association 11th Annual Conference (PADLA). West Chester, PA.

Smidt, E., Bunk, J., McGrory, B., Li, R., & Gatenby, T. (July 2013). Student reactions to and attitudes about distance education. Paper presented virtually at the European Conference on Technology in the Classroom (ECTC 2013). Retrieved July 4, 2013, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea-ARc-akGY and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OFobDL_07w.

Smidt, E., Bunk, J., McGrory, B., Li, R., & Gatenby, T. (May 2013). Student reactions to and attitudes about distance education. Paper presented at RECAP 2013. West Chester, PA.

Guidotti, T., Bunk, J., Smidt, E., Gatenby, T., & Li, R. (May 2013). Using I/O psychology to understand reactions to distance education: An applied, multi-disciplinary project. Paper presented at RECAP 2013. West Chester, PA.

Bunk, J., Funkhouser, B., Gatenby, T., Li, R., & Smidt, E. (November 2012). Distance teaching and learning: An interdisciplinary approach. Paper presented at the Pennsylvania Distance Learning Association 10th Annual Conference (PADLA). Ambler, PA.

Smidt, E., Funkhouser, B., Li, R., Bunk, J. & Gatenby, T. (October 2012). Reactions to and attitudes about asynchronous online discussion forums in an online faculty development program. Paper presented at the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2012 (E-Learn 2012). Montreal, Canada.

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