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 a Professor of Education at Regent University, I have the privledge 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. the Handbook of Research on Electronic Surveys and Measurements, and co-authored Distance Learning in Higher Education: A Programmatic Approach to Planning, Design, Instruction, Evaluation, and Accreditation.
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 I hope to eventually complete a seminary degree from Reformed Theological Seminary to enhance my Biblical worldview. 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.
Dr. Jason D. Baker
PO Box 16763
Chesapeake, VA 23328
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