Master of Distance Education (MDE)
Dr. Torstein Rekkedal
Torstein Rekkedal has worked in distance education research since 1970. His thesis on recruitment, student achievements and completion was the first published research on distance education in Norway.
From 1972 he has worked at NKI (Norwegian Competence Institute) as director of research and development. He is also professor of distance education at the Norwegian School of Information Technology.
Torstein Rekkedal has published extensively in areas such as recruitment and drop-out/completion, student support, following-up systems, quality assurance and program evaluation, both as research monographs, articles in the major international periodicals, book articles and conference proceedings. During the last years his interests have naturally also included technology issues, online learning and mobile learning. During the last 10 years he has been actively involved in a large number of EU projects. From 2005 till 2007 he coordinated the EU supported Megatrends Project that analyzed large-scale sustainable e-learning operations.
Torstein Rekkedal was member, and for many years chair, of the Research and Development Committee of the European Association of Distance Education (EADL) from 1978 till 1992. He chaired the Research Committee of International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) from 1985 till 1988. Together with Alan Tait of the British Open University he initiated the Network of Academics and Professionals of European Distance Education Network (EDEN) and was member of the Steering Committee from 1993 till 1997 and again from 2004 till 2008. In Norway Torstein Rekkedal was member of the Standing Committee for Quality of the Norwegian Association for Distance and Flexible Learning (NADE) from 1992 till 2007, the last ten years as chair. He is also member of the board of the Norwegian Opening Universities.
Torstein Rekkedal was awarded Roll of Honour of the EADL in 2000. He received the ICDE Prize for life long contribution to the field of distance education in 2001. In 2003 he was conferred honorary doctor of the British Open University. In 2008 he was granted the title Senior Fellow of EDEN.