My Unintentional Journey Into Distance Education Leadership

  • Jason RhodeEmail author


A journey begins with a single step. My unintentional journey into distance education leadership began in 2001, one year after I had finished my undergraduate degree and was working in the field of Christian education at a church in central Wisconsin. Sensing the need to deepen my understanding of curriculum development, I began looking for options for pursing a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. Unfortunately, the closest available graduate programs were residential programs over 2 h away, and there was no way I could complete such an on-campus program while maintaining my full-time job and other professional and personal commitments.


Leadership Distance education Faculty development Online learning 

Selected Publications

  1. Rhode, J., Richter, S., Gowen, P., Miller, T., & Wills, C. (2017a). Understanding faculty use of the learning management system. Online Learning, 21(3), 68–86. Scholar
  2. Cowan, J., Richter, S., Miller, T., Rhode, J., Click, A., & Underwood, J. (2017). Building a sustainable quality matters community of practice through social network analysis. The American Journal of Distance Education, 31(3), 160–172. Scholar
  3. Rhode, J., Richter, S., & Miller, T. (2017b). Designing personalized online teaching professional development through self-assessment. TechTrends, 61(5), 444–451. Scholar
  4. Rhode, J., & Krishnamurthi, M. (2016). Preparing faculty to teach online: Recommendations for developing self-paced training. International Journal of Information and Educational Technology, 6(5), 376–382. Scholar
  5. Rhode, J., Richter, S., Gowen, P., & Krishnamurthi, M. (2015). Measuring digital professional development: Analytics for the use of web and social media. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 7(1), 19–31. Scholar
  6. Rhode, J. (2009). Interaction equivalency in self-paced online learning environments: An exploration of learner preferences. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 10(1).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northern Illinois UniversityDeKalbUSA

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