Building Online Learning Communities Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom

ISBN-10: 0787988251
ISBN-13: 9780787988258
Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $44.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/20/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

The second edition of this ground-breaking book reflects the changes in the field as online learning continues to evolve and change over time. It includes a new chapter on the many developments in learning theory and research which have emerged since the first edition was published, as well as incorporating insights from this research throughout the book. The authors distill both the new research and their own experience into accessible language and illustrate it with examples from their own work and that of colleagues who cross all disciplines and institutional types, making this new edition an essential resource for any faculty member currently teaching or preparing to teach online.

List of Exhibits
Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
The Authors
The Learning Community in Online Learning
When Teaching and Learning Leave the Classroom
Online Issues and Concerns
Students Online
Making the Transition and Establishing Presence
The Search for Knowledge and Meaning in the Online Classroom
Putting the Pieces Together
New Approaches, New Skills
Implications
Recontextualizing Community
The Importance of Community
Community Online
The Element of Social Presence
Coalescence and Belonging Online
Recontextualizing Community
Community in the Virtual Classroom
Participation and Desired Outcomes in the Online Classroom
The Human Side of Online Learning
The Need for Human Contact
Connectedness and Coalescence
Shared Responsibility, Rules, and Norms
Roles and Participation
Shadow Issues: The Issues We Simply Don't Want to Face
Other Psychological Issues
Ritual as the Psychological Expression of Community
Spiritual Issues
Culture and Language Issues
Vulnerability, Ethics, and Privacy
Final Thoughts
Practical Considerations in Online Learning
About Time
Group Size
Cost and Other Administrative Issues
Online Security
Managing the Relationship to Technology
The Relationship of Person to Machine
Technology as a Facilitative Tool
Excuse Us, We Are Now Experiencing Technical Difficulties
Moving Teaching and Learning Online
Effective Teaching and Learning in the Online Classroom
Roles and Functions of the Instructor in the Online Classroom
The Role of the Learner in the Learning Process
The Hybrid Course and Online Community
Moving to Specifics
Part 2
Building Foundations
Creating an Effective Course Design
Constructing the Online Course Site
If You Build It, Will They Come? Final Thoughts
Guiding Questions to Assist in Building an Effective Course Syllabus
Evaluating an Effective Online Course
Promoting Collaborative Learning
Formulating a Shared Goal for Learning
Problems, Interests, and Experiences as Springboards for Learning
Dialogue as Inquiry
Encouraging Expansive Questioning
Sharing Responsibility for Facilitation
Promoting Feedback
Intergroup and Other Forms of Collaboration
Final Thoughts
Guiding Questions to Promote Collaborative Learning
Transformative Learning
The Process of Transformative Learning in the Online Classroom
Learning About Learning Through the Use of Technology
Creating Opportunities to Encourage Reflection on the Differences
Learning About Technology by Using It
Encouraging Questions and Comments About the Technology
Self-Reflection
Final Thoughts: We Are the Experts When It Comes to Our Own Learning
Guiding Questions to Promote Transformative Learning
Student Assessment and Course Evaluation
Assessment and Evaluation Basics
Student Performance
Course Evaluation
Program Evaluation
Final Thoughts
Questions to Consider in Student, Course, and Program Evaluation
Lessons Learned and a Look Ahead
The Six Essential Elements
The Essence of Online Learning: Community
Unresolved Issues and Unanswered Questions
Lessons Learned and a Look to the Future
Extending Community Beyond the Classroom
Implications for Instructor Training
Examples of Course Syllabi

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