Chère Campbell Gibson

Author of:

Distance Learners in Higher Education:
Institutional Responses for Quality Outcomes

Chère Campbell Gibson is Chair of the Graduate Program of Continuing and Vocational Education at the University of Wisconsin — Madison. She teaches courses on the adult independent learner, instructional design for distance learning, and issues in distance education. Her research focuses on the learner at a distance, with a specific emphasis on persistence and on the types of support that facilitate learning and completion. In addition, she has designed several award winning instructional packages, is a past Director of the University of Wisconsin System Extended Degree Programs, past Chair of the Teaching at a Distance Conference offered annually by the University of Wisconsin — Madison, and the originator of UW-Madison’s Certificate of Professional Development in Distance Education.

Contributing authors:

Michael Moore is Academic Director of the American Center for the Study of Distance Education (ACSDE) at The Pennsylvania State University. He is the founder and editor of The American Journal of Distance Education. Since his 1972 theory of distance education — generally regarded as the first attempt in English to conceptualize and define this field of practice — Michael has advocated and explained distance education in numerous publications, presentations, workshops, and seminars throughout the world. From 1996 thorough 1998 Michael has been a visiting scholar and consultant at the World Bank with assignments  to South Africa, Russia, Brazil, and Egypt.

Melody M. Thompson holds both a master’s and doctoral degree in Adult Education from The Pennsylvania State University. She was a writer and editor for the American Center for the Study of Distance Education and is currently Assistant Director of Operations and Evaluation at Penn State’s World Campus and a faculty member teaching Adult Education in the College of Education. Melody’s teaching, research, and writing focus on distance education, the history of adult education, and diversity in adult education. Her most recent publication (with Michael Moore) is the 1997 Effects of Distance Learning (revised edition).

Elizabeth Burge is a Professor of Adult Education at the University of New Brunswick in Atlantic Canada. She says she tries to walk the talk of constructionist and common sense approaches to teaching and learning in adult and distance mode programs and in her M.Ed. classes, her writing, research and workshop activity. Liz is the 1997/98 Past President of the Canadian Association for Distance Education/Association Canadienne de l’education à distance. She has worked in distance education since 1978, and she led the development of an international group of women distance educators (WIN).

Irene M. Sanchez is the Bureau Chief for the Child Care Services Bureau of the New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department. She oversees child care assistance and licensing programs for the State and is responsible for overseeing a statewide program for the training of child care providers. She has an earned a doctorate degree in Training and Learning Technologies from the University of New Mexico and has worked in public service agencies where she has extensive experience in program administration, staff development and training of professionals and paraprofessionals, specializing in multicultural education of adult learners.

Charlotte N. (Lani) Gunawardena is Associate Professor of Distance Education and Instructional Technology in the Organizational Learning and Instructional Technology Program at the University of New Mexico. She developed the graduate emphasis area in distance education at the University of New Mexico and has been active for the past decade in conducting research on distance education. Her current research interests center around design and evaluation of constuctivist learning environments facilitated by computer conferencing, social presence theory, and implications for interaction and communication, and the evaluation of distance education.

Christine Olgren is Distance Education Program Manager, Continuing and Vocational Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is responsible for directing the Distance Education Certificate Program, the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, and other professional development services. An author of over thirty books, articles and research reports in the field, Chris has worked in the field of distance education since 1977. Her experience includes program management, program development, instructional design, marketing, technology assessment, student advising, and instruction via audio, video, and the Internet.

Terry Anderson is currently the Director of Academic Technologies for Learning (ATL) at the University of Alberta and is also an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Extension. His research interests relate to development and evaluation of WWW support for distance and classroom delivery and in the use of electronic communication tools to support "virtual" professional development activities. Terry was the Director of Contact North, a distance education delivery network in Northern Ontario and he coordinated what was probably the first "virtual conference" on the Internet, the Bangkok Project, of the International Council on Distance Education in 1992.

Randy Garrison holds the position of Dean, in the Faculty of Extension, at the University of Alberta. He previously held the position of Associate Dean (Research and Development) in the Faculty of Continuing Education and Director of Distance Education at the University of Calgary. There he developed a very successful Master’s degree specializing in workplace learning that was accessible to working professionals globally. His areas of research are related to the teaching and learning transaction in the context of adult, distance, and higher education. He has published extensively in these areas.

Daniel Granger is currently the Director of Distributed Learning and Extended Education at California State University, Monterey Bay. He has been in distance education for twenty years, previously serving as the Director of Distance Education at the University of Minnesota and as Director of the Center for Distance Learning at SUNY Empire State College. He has written and spoken extensively on distance education from the learner perspective, and he currently serves on the editorial boards of Open Learning and the Distance Education Report. He edited the special issue on "Distance Education in North America" of Open Praxis (Vol. 1, 1997), the journal of the International Council on Distance Education.

Meg Benke has been with Empire State College since 1990 and connected with distance education since 1983. Her work in education has focused on the connections between work, employers, and education. In addition to teaching in the graduate and undergraduate programs, in the areas of adult educational policy, leadership, human resource development, and training and learning organizations, Meg also studies outcomes for students in distance learning and the assessments of prior learning. Since coming to Empire State College, Meg has written and presented primarily in the areas of learner supports for distance learners and employer sponsored distance learning.