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The Design and Management of Effective Distance Learning Programs; Online Communities: Commerce, Community Action, and the Virtual University - Book Reviews


The first review, on The Design and Management of Effective Distance Learning Programs, notes the strength of the book's educational emphasis in regards to distance learning. The second review, on Online Communities: Commerce, Community Action, and the Virtual University, finds that this collection of essays and case studies offers a comprehensive overview of online communities for the IT professional.

Peter B. DeBlois

From 2001-2009, Peter served initially as director of communications and publishing, and, finally, as director of programs and media relations for EDUCAUSE, the association for information technology in higher education. He managed the annual Current IT Issues Survey, special topic- and role-based online discussion groups, the Leadership and Catalyst Awards, volunteer opportunities, press releases, and media relations. Before working for EDUCAUSE, he served as university registrar, director of registration and records, and assistant director of Freshman English at Syracuse University. He helped found the Registrars' Summer Institute at Aspen and the Association of American Universities Registrars. He has presented at conferences for AACRAO, MSACROA, The Conference on the Freshman Year Experience, CUMREC, and EDUCAUSE.

Peter holds a D.A. (doctor of arts) in rhetoric and composition, and an M.A. in English from Syracuse University; and a B.A. from St. Lawrence University. He has taught composition, literature, and honors seminars at Syracuse University, Illinois State University, Onondaga Community College, Metropolitan State College of Denver, and Colorado State University-Global Campus. He co-authored a chapter on learning technologies for Fostering Student Success in the Campus Community (Jossey-Bass, 2007); co-authored Composition and Literature: A Rhetoric for Critical Writing (Prentice Hall, 1984); and has written for EDUCAUSE Quarterly, EDUCAUSE Review, and Inside Higher Ed.


Elizabeth Wellburn

Instructional Designer, Distributed Learning
Royal Roads University


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