Robert A.Cole, Ed. Issues in Web-Based Pedagogy: A Critical Primer.Wesport, CN: Greenwood Press, 414 pages, 2000. ($95) Thinking of teaching an on-line course? If so, you’ll find the answers to most of your questions plus some you haven’t thought of asking in this book, a compilation of papers by on-line professors. Topics range from the philosophy underlying on-line teaching to the practical aspects the teacher faces such as the problems disabled students have with on-line learning and how to solve them. The articles begin by disabusing you of the assumption that teaching an on-line class is a simple matter of translating a face-to face course to on-line format. Studies are cited that show that planning an on-line course takes significantly more time than teaching face to face and that on-line instructors spend significantly more time working one to one with students. The extra time occurred even when instructors were given a three pronged preparation program including shadowing an existing on-line professor. Although on line teaching has the potential of providing quality teaching to more students, today's experts caution that instructors should limit their initial course to ten students. Eventually the experts believe that on=line teaching will make academic departments obsolete. Hopefully, on-line instruction will become easier so that instructors won’t become discouraged and abandon the idea as quickly as they have other new teaching strategies. (Copies of this book can be ordered with a credit card by calling 1-800-225-5800) Martha Maxwell.