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This book chapter was originally published as:

Northcote, M. (2019). The same but different: Reframing the contemporary role of online education towards quality and integrity. In E. Smidt, & R. Li (Eds.), Ensuring quality and integrity in online learning programs (pp. 1-32). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. Retrieved from

ISBN: 9781522578444


130103 Higher Education| 130306 Educational Technology and Computing| 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators

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The field of online learning, like many other technological innovations, has not burgeoned without controversy. Despite the debates about the role and value of online learning, it has continued to grow in many sectors, especially in higher education. Alongside the growth of online learning, discussions about its benefits and limitations have also flourished, and many studies have investigated the quality and integrity of online courses. This chapter offers an investigation of some of the history of online learning, concluding with a collection of practical recommendations and suggestions for future research directions to guide institutions embarking on online learning programs.


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