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"Looking forward by looking back”: a review of 25 years of editorials in The American Journal of Distance Education


Professor Michael Grahame Moore

Distinguished Professor of Education, Pennsylvania State University

Michael G. Moore is known in academic circles for his leadership in promoting the scholarship of distance education in the United States. He published his first statement of theory about distance education in 1972 and has achieved a number of ‘firsts’ in this field. While teaching the first graduate course in this subject at University of Wisconsin in the mid 70’s he was contributory to founding the national annual conference there.


Coming to Penn State in 1986 he founded the first American journal (American Journal of Distance Education), established the first Sequence of taught graduate courses, a national research symposium, and an online community of interest (DEOS). Before joining Penn State in 1986 he worked for nine years at the British Open University and has experience of teaching in all technologies and most client groups.

Moore has served on the editorial boards of all the main distance education journals and his publications include Contemporary Issues in American Distance Education (Pergamon Press, 1990), Distance Education: A Systems View, co-authored with Greg Kearsley (Wadsworth Publishers, 1996 and 2005), subsequently published in Chinese, Japanese and Korean, and the Handabook of Distance Education (2003 and 2007).

Academic degrees in both economics and education and an early seven-year career in African education led to a lifelong interest in education for development. This has included employment at the World Bank and numerous consulting assignments for UNESCO, the International Monetary Fund, and the Commonwealth of Learning as well as several foreign governments.


His keynote speech for ICICTE 2011 was a great success and he has since often participated in the conference.



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