Michael G. Moore


Ph. D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1976
Distinguished Professor of Education
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Michael G. Moore is known in academic circles for leadership in the scholarly study of distance education. He published the first statement of theory about distance education in 1972, and has achieved a number of "firsts" in this field. While teaching the first course in this subject at University of Wisconsin in the mid 70s, he was contributory to founding the national annual conference there. Coming to Penn State in 1986, he founded the first American journal (The American Journal of Distance Education), established the first sequence of taught graduate courses, a national research symposium, an online international network and a national leadership institute. Before joining Penn State in 1986 he worked for nine years at the British Open University and has practical experience of teaching in all technologies and of most client groups.

Moore has served on the editorial boards of all the main distance education journals, on program committees for International Council for Distance Education and similar organizations, published over 100 articles, two books (with translations in four languages) and many monographs, and given speeches and presentations in about 30 different countries. In 2003 Moore was inducted into the United States Distance Learning Association Hall of Fame. Originally trained as an economist and grounded in an early adult education career of seven years in East Africa, Moore maintains a special interest in education for economic and social development, undertaking various research, evaluation and training projects for the World Bank, UNESCO, and IMF and several national governments.

During a sabbatical leave in the academic year 2008-09, Moore was appointed a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge in England and Visiting Professor at theUnited Kingdom's Open University. In 2010 he was awarded the title of Senior Fellow by the European Distance Education and e-Learning Network and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Guadalajara, Mexico.

Some of Moore’s career highlights are also included at WikiEducator.org: