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A volume in The ibstpi Book Series – published 2013

The book identifies a set of validated competencies and performance statements, withsupporting explanation and data to inform and equip online learners with the critical attitudes, knowledge and skills for successful learning in online and/or blended learning settings.

The work also enables online education providers (e.g., instructors, course designers, program administrators, scholars) to better understand learner needs in order to design and deliver online education products and services best suited to learners.

Supplementing a large number of anecdotally-based “how to” books published for those engaged in online education, this volume offers a definitive set of 14 competencies and 75 performance statements (that demonstrate those competencies).

Validated by systematic research and input from over 1,000 online users and providers worldwide, this work should impact the quality of learning and teaching at both the individual and organizational levels, involved in online education.


  1. Foreword
  2. Preface
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. Introduction and Overview
  5. Online Learner Competencies and Performance Statements
  6. The ibstpi Competency Development Model
  7. Review of Literature
  8. Current Practice: Online Learner Survey
  9. Competencies Validation Study
  10. Uses of Competencies
  11. Epilogue
  12. Appendixes
  13. Glossary of Terms
  14. References
  15. About the Authors
  16. Author Index
  17. Subject Index.

Paperback 978-1-62396-400-9 – $39.09
Hardcover 978-1-62396-401-6 – $73.09 
eBook 978-1-62396-402-3
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