Welcome to Baker's Guide to Christian Online Learning (formerly Baker's Guide to Christian Distance Education), my name is Jason D. Baker and I'm the founder of BakersGuide.com. I created this free online guide to Christian distance learning in 1997 and introduced numerous people to online degree opportunities. I've also written a book version of Baker's Guide for your offline reading pleasure. The primary goals of Baker's Guide are to:
- Inform consumers about quality accredited Christian distance education and online learning programs (see the Christian Online Degree Directory)
- Assist prospective students to help them find a suitable Christian distance education program to meet their needs (see the Advising Knowledgebase)
Baker's Guide began in January 1997 as a Yahoo-style directory of accredited Christian distance learning programs within higher education. By 1999 it became clear that the Christian Distance Learning Directory, while a valuable online publication, merely scratched the surface of the needs within the distance education community. Therefore the Christian Distance Learning Directory was expanded into the Center for Christian Distance Education in order to more adequately meet the increasing demand for resources. However, too many people were contacting me with the mistaken belief that the Center was a degree-granting institution and I decided to change the name to something that more appropriately reflected my efforts.
For the record, the original Christian Distance Learning Directory portion was expanded into a program and course catalog and eventually given to Christian University GlobalNet to serve as their (now defunct) CUGN Catalog. Furthermore, in order to alleviate the confusion that I authored the book, I returned Name It and Frame It to Dr. Steve Levicoff for publication on his Web site. The divestiture of both of these efforts enabled me to return to my original focus -- assisting students interested in finding quality accredited Christian distance education programs. The Christian Online Degree Directory and Student Advising Knowledgebase are the results.
Although you're welcome to address me as Dr. Baker, I really do prefer Jason. I'm a Professor of Education at Regent University, teaching in the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program. My primary research interest is in online distance learning. I also wear the hats of author, educational consultant, husband, and homeschooling father.
For years I've told people that I have three spheres of interest: theology, education, and technology. My research and practice in online distance education has enabled me to focus on the intersection of these spheres. I've been involved in non-traditional education at a variety of levels and have both taken and taught distance education classes using the Internet. As an Associate Professor of Education at Regent University, I have the privilege of teaching graduate students about the design and delivery of effective instruction at-a-distance. Furthermore, since many of the students are taking their graduate courses online, it's a unique opportunity to combine theory and practice and serve the distance learner by providing a quality educational experience. I hope to provide leadership in the area of online learning and relish the challenges that come with being a pacesetter in the emerging online learning field.
My first book, Christian Cyberspace Companion, was the first mainstream book to address the Internet from a Christian perspective. Parents' Computer Companion, was an introduction to educational computing for Christian parents. The companion book to this Web site, Baker's Guide to Christian Distance Education was my third book and I've also co-edited The Student Guide to Successful Online Learning and the Handbook of Research on Electronic Surveys and Measurements. My latest book project is a co-authored book Distance Learning in Higher Education recently released by Teachers College Press.
My educational background includes a Ph.D. in Communication from Regent University, an M.A. in Educational Technology Leadership from The George Washington University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University. I've also done some graduate theological study, including three semesters of Greek that I wish I had kept up with, and resumed my seminary studies with Reformed Theological Seminary to enhance my Biblical worldview but it's questionable whether these studies will ever result in a degree. In case you were wondering about my particular theological leanings, I'm a Reformed Christian in the Presbyterian Church in America.
I have conducted numerous print, radio, and television interviews addressing a variety of topics including distance education, online pornography, a Christian perspective on the Internet, and educational computing. Included in these interviews have been appearances on Focus on the Family with Dr. James Dobson, The HomeLife Show, Janet Parshall's America, The Kerby Anderson Show, The Dick Staub Show, Point of View with Marlin Maddoux, Christianity Today, Dean & Provost, and the USA Radio Network. If you are interested in an interview, please contact me.
If you have questions or comments about the Guide, finding Christian distance education programs, or distance learning in general, please don't hesitate to contact me. If you're interested in some personal consultation, which I offer freely as time permits, please visit the Email Consultation page before contacting me. If you're interested in an interview for print or broadcast purposes, please e-mail or call me to make such arrangements. Also, if you have written anything about distance education that complements these efforts, or if you know of any articles or sites that the Guide should link to, please drop me a note.
Jason D. Baker
P.O. Box 16763
Chesapeake, VA 23328
*Please don't call for personal advice, use email. Thanks!