Bridging Fields at a Critical Time


  • Jon Baggaley Athabasca University



Distance education, international development, community development, instructional design, MOOCs


The Journal of Learning for Development is launched at a critical time in the evolution of technology-based education. Currently, the ‘massive open online course’ is being welcomed as a cost-saver by educators in developed and emerging nations alike. Evaluation studies of MOOC impact, however, do not as yet confirm that courses with massive student numbers and no teachers are universally viable; and MOOC courses and evaluations have not taken developing-country needs into account. The new Journal, with its emphasis on the educational needs of developing as well as developed regions, can help to advise innovations of this type.

Author Biography

Jon Baggaley, Athabasca University

Dr. Jon Baggaley, Emeritus Professor at Athabasca University, Alberta, taught previously at universities in Liverpool, Newfoundland and Montreal. Books include Harmonizing Global Education (2012) and Distance Education Technologies in Asia (with Tian Belawati, 2011). Baggaley was a founding editor of the Journal of Educational Television (now Learning, Media and Technology).


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How to Cite

Baggaley, J. (2013). Bridging Fields at a Critical Time. Journal of Learning for Development, 1(1).



Invited Articles
Received 2013-09-01
Accepted 2013-11-18
Published 2013-11-18