Khan, B. (Ed.). (1997). Web-based instruction. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Educational Technology Publications.


This comprehensive volume, containing the work of almost one hundred authors, in 59 chapters, offers the most thorough examination publised to date on the implications of using the Web for learning at all education levels. The chapters cover analysis, design, development, evaluation, policy issues, and other areas of this complex subject. Each chapter includes e-mail and WWW locations of the authors, thus enabling readers to continue the discussion by contacting all of the contributors personally.

Readers' Comments

Marguerita McVay (

As far as I'm concerned this is the seminal text in WBI. My doctoral research has been on WBI, and I have written a book on the topic designed for orienting new students to this environment. I have read over 50 texts in the field and find this one to be the most comprehensive and up-to-date book for faculty and graduate students. The contributors are well-known researchers and cover topics that are frequently overlooked in other texts.

This text is not for those who are just beginning to think about WBI and are looking for basic information on how to get started. This text is for the individual or institution who has begun formulating a plan and needs in-depth articles on how to provide WBI that is effective, provides a rich learning environment, and can be assessed at a programmatic level.

Every graduate students in instructional technology and distance education should have this as their "bible" for laying the foundation of everything else to come.

I don't know Badrul Khan, but I heartily applaud this effort. This should be at the top of everyone's list as a buy. from Syracuse, NY
A most comprehensive, focused resource on the topic. As a doctoral student whose dissertation topic focuses on Web-based instruction, this book was a God-send at a time when there was no one major textbook that addressed this aspect specifically. It has been a year now and it is still my primary source of citation in my dissertation draft.