Educational Leadership and the E-Learning Paradigm
School systems today need leaders who are technologically savvy and can navigate the online environment. They must also have skills ranging from financial and human resource management to outcomes measurement, and government relations-all with a solid grounding in ethics and personal conviction. Some educational leaders are concerned that the online environment does not have the same high quality as the campus environment, but comparing campus and online classes may be like comparing apples and oranges because there are differences in the type and caliber of learners who choose one delivery model over the other, and there are differences in personality and communication skills of campus instructors and online instructors. After careful consideration of the potential benefits and challenges of the e-learning paradigm, it is reasonable to conclude that when it is done well, e-learning can be authentic and active. Quality online programs and global partnerships enable best practices institutions to develop professional adult educators and invest in faculty development of scholar-practitioners.
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