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Distance Learning: A Bibliometric-Based Review

Distance Learning: A Bibliometric-Based Review
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Author(s): Ingrid N. Pinto-López (UPAEP Universidad, Mexico) and Cynthia M. Montaudon-Tomas (UPAEP Universidad, Mexico)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 35
Source title: Handbook of Research on Determining the Reliability of Online Assessment and Distance Learning
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ana S. Moura (University of Porto, Portugal), Pedro Reis (University Fernando Pessoa, Portugal) and M. Natália D. S. Cordeiro (University of Porto, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4769-4.ch003

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Abstract

This chapter analyzes the main contribution to the field of distance learning and pedagogy based on bibliometric analysis. Series of bibliometric tools have been used, including citations and h-index. Additionally, VOSViewer software was used to identify maps that show the most relevant trends, and Excel was used to develop charts and graphs. The analysis includes scientific articles, journals, authors, institutions, and countries. Results show that the United States has been the leader in the number of published works, citations, and institutions involved. Nevertheless, other countries in Europe, Asia, and Oceania have dedicated significant efforts to distance learning, including the UK, Brazil, Spain, Australia, and China. Other relevant results show that nearly 60% of all articles have been published in the last decade. The period between 2000 and 2009 are the years with the highest number of citations. This discipline has a high potential of continuing to develop, specifically in uncertain environments that are highly globalized and competitive.

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