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Open and Distance Education Theory Revisited

Implications for the Digital Era

  • Insung Jung

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Open and Distance Education book sub series (BRIEFSODE)

Table of contents

About this book


This book explores foundational theories that have been applied in open and distance education (ODE) research and refined to reflect advances in research and practice. In addition, it develops new theories emerging from recent developments in ODE. The book provides a unique and up-to-date source of information for ODE scholars and graduate students, enabling them to make sense of essential theory, research and practice in their field, and to comprehend the gaps in, and need for further enquiry into, theoretical approaches in the digital era. It also offers theory-based advice and guidelines for practitioners, helping them make and justify decisions and actions concerning the development, implementation, research and evaluation of ODE.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Insung Jung
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EducationInternational Christian UniversityMitakaJapan

About the editors

Insung Jung is a Professor of Education at the International Christian University, Japan’s first and foremost liberal arts college located in Tokyo. She has extensive international experience in open and distance education planning, practice and research, and has co-authored and co-edited a number of publications in the field of open and distance education. She has served as a consultant and researcher to international organizations including UNESCO, the World Bank, APEC, the Asian Development Bank, and the International Development Research Centre, and worked as an editor or an editorial board member for numerous international journals.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Open and Distance Education Theory Revisited
  • Book Subtitle Implications for the Digital Era
  • Editors Insung Jung
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-7739-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-7740-2
  • Series ISSN 2211-1921
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-193X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 122
  • Number of Illustrations 7 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Educational Technology
    Learning & Instruction
    Lifelong Learning/Adult Education
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“This book is a very useful and … a very readable introduction and overview of theory in open and distance education. The chapters by and large are concise and clearly written. … The book will be particularly useful for graduate students intending to conduct research in open and distance learning.” (Online Learning and Distance Education Resources, July 01, 2019)