JDE is the internationally recognized journal of research and scholarship in the field of American distance education established with the mission of disseminating information about research and scholarship in the Americas. Distance education describes teaching-learning relationships where the actors are geographically separated and communication between them is through technologies such as audio and video broadcasts, teleconferences and recordings; printed study guides; and multimedia systems. The principal technology of current research interest is the World Wide Web, and subfields of distance education therefore include on-line learning, e-learning, distributed learning, asynchronous learning and blended learning.

With increasing numbers of individuals and institutions becoming involved in these various forms of distance education, the AJDE offers a solid foundation of valuable research-based knowledge about all aspects of the pedagogy of the field. Peer reviewed articles provide reports on the latest findings in such areas as:
* building and sustaining effective delivery systems;
* course design and application of instructional design theories
* facilitating interaction between students and with instructors;
* factors influencing student achievement and satisfaction;
* the changing roles of faculty and changes in institutional culture;
* administrative and policy issues including cost-effectiveness and copyright.

For teachers in schools, colleges, and universities; trainers in corporate, military, and professional fields; adult educators; researchers; and other specialists in education, training, and communications.

From 1987 until 2001 AJDE was published at the Pennsylvania State University, following that was published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates until 2006. AJDE is now published by Taylor & Francis.

Subscriptions to AJDE may be purchased online at Individual articles may also be purchased on To purchase issues prior to 2002, contact PSC at 518-537-4700 or

Michael G. Moore
The Pennsylvania State University