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Joel Foreman
Associate Professor, English Department
George Mason University

Joel Foreman was initiated into the ranks of the distance learning professoriate in 1996 when he designed and taught a course called "The Virtual Organization." He now teaches all of his courses online.

With support from the National Security Agency, Foreman and a team of interdisciplinary collaborators spent much of 2002 and 2003 designing several Web-based learning modules. The virtual focus of Foreman's career coincides with his recent publications on topics such as digital writing courses, asynchronous discussion databases, and virtual organization and distance learning. Earlier publications include an edited collection of essays, The Other Fifties: Interrogating Midcentury American Icons (University of Illinois Press, 1997), and articles on topics as diverse as cultural studies in the classroom, computer-generated graphics, and the filmic representation of organizational dynamics.

Foreman's consulting work and organizational studies include the videographics industry, the Vietnamese refugee resettlement community, the travel industry of southern Maryland's eastern shore, and analyses of work life at the Hughes Information Technology Corporation, DynCorp, and Media General Cable.

Foreman devoted the earlier part of his career to producing and directing broadcast documentaries. His favorites are documentaries on the novelists William Styron, Rita Mae Brown, and Carlos Fuentes.

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  • Distance Learning and Synchronous Interaction
    // Tools, July/August 2003
  • Computerizing College Composition
    // Vision, March/April 2002
  • Trading Mules for Tractors: The Pros and Cons of Adopting a Course Management System
    // Case Studies, January/February 2001
  • Avatar Pedagogy
    // Virtual University, November/December 1999
  • Exploring the Middle Ground: A Course on Teaming in Cyberspace
    // Case Studies, September/October 1999