Educational Leadership and the E-Learning Paradigm


  • Cheryl Bostrom Bethel University


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.

Author Biography

Cheryl Bostrom, Bethel University

CHERYL BOSTROM teaches in the Graduate School at Bethel University. She holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Administration degree and studied abroad in Turkey to complete her dissertation titled, Diffusion of Internationalization in Turkish Higher Education: A Comparative Case Study at Ankara University and Gazi University. Her work was published in the Journal of Studies in International Education. Cheryl has a K-12 Principal License, a Master of Arts in Communication degree with an emphasis in intercultural communication, and a Master’s Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Cheryl also has first-hand experience in 18 countries outside the United States. Her core beliefs and values include a commitment to building trust with people of different cultures and internationalizing postsecondary education.