Distance Learning in Business Ed


Frontiers of Distance Learning in Business Education, Harrison, NY, 8-9 Jun 2012; Deadline 31 Jan

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Frontiers of Distance Learning in Business Education
Conference held June 8-9, 2012
Fordham University – Westchester Campus, Harrison, NY
(Submission Deadline: January 31, 2012)

Conference Overview:

Distance education and online learning are interchangeable terms used to describe the delivery of educational content whereby the student and the instructor are separated by geography, time, or both. It is estimated that over one-third of all business schools offer fully online business programs and the number of online credit hours completed by students is expected to grow steadily over the next decade. Considerable attention is therefore now being given by business educators to fine-tuning pedagogical approaches in distance learning in the various sub-disciplines of business. Research on best practices to improve students’ learning experiences is growing in both volume and depth.

The objective of this conference, hosted at Fordham University’s Westchester (Harrison, NY) campus, is to consolidate state-of-the-art knowledge on distance learning methods, best practices, and research findings as they relate to business education. The conference will provide business educators and administrators with insights on how best to deliver distance learning programs to their students. Research on pedagogical approaches used by distance educators will be the focus of the conference. While the following is a list of potential topics of interest, other related areas of research in distance learning would also be relevant to the conference:

  • The impact of distance learning methods on learning outcomes in business courses
  • Emerging trends in distance education among business schools
  • Contrasting use of distance learning methods among undergraduate and MBA students
  • Faculty perceptions of distance learning methods
  • Costs of distance education in business programs
  • Evolution of distance learning methods
  • Implementation of quality control procedures for distance business education
  • Segmentation of online students in business schools
  • Use of emerging distance education technologies in business programs
  • Methods for encouraging interaction in online business courses
  • Faculty development needs for mobilizing online business programs
  • Team-based online teaching of business courses
  • Assessment of online business course outcomes
  • Utilization of computer simulations in business courses
  • Methods for protecting intellectual property in online business courses
  • Impact of online course characteristics on student perceptions of learning
  • Prescreening students for online business courses
  • Methods for enhancing group interaction among business students in online courses
  • Employer perceptions of online business programs
  • Online pedagogical approaches across business disciplines

Submission Process:

Conference papers and abstracts should be submitted by January 31, 2012 to Hooman Estelami (estelami@fordham.edu). Submissions should be in Microsoft Word format and will be subjected to a double-blind peer review process. A selected group of conference submissions may be invited for publication in a forthcoming book titled "Frontiers of Distance Learning in Business Education".

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or contact estelami@fordham.edu