Building learning communities in cyberspace

Author: Rena M. Palloff
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
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"1999 Winner of the Philip E. Frandson Award for Literature in Continuing Higher Education, from the University Continuing Education Association" "A must read for anyone involved in or considering involvement in online, networked learning." --"Donald J. MacIntyre, president, The Fielding Institute" "A thorough overview of the online course process, including course selection, design, and evaluation, and many of the technical issues that affect the entire process." --"Kathleen M. Rose, distance education specialist, University of California Extension Online" Written for faculty, instructors, and trainers in any distance learning environment, "Building Learning Communities in Cyberspace" shows how to create a virtual classroom environment that helps students excel academically, while fostering a sense of community. This practical, hands-on guide is filled with illustrative case studies, vignettes, and examples from a wide variety of successful online courses. The authors offer proven strategies for handling challenges that include: Engaging students with subject matter Accounting for attendance and participation Working with students who do not participate Understanding the signs of when a student is in trouble Building online communities that accommodate personal interaction Based on many years of work in information systems and over five years of experience in online distance education, Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt share insights designed to guide readers through the steps of computer-mediated course design and implementation.

The Excellent Online Instructor

Author: Rena M. Palloff
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118000900
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The Excellent Online Instructor is a guide for new and seasoned faculty who teach online, those responsible for training and developing online instructors, and administrators who must evaluate online faculty performance. This comprehensive resource describes the qualities of and explains how one can become an excellent online instructor. Written by Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt—noted experts in online instruction—the book Includes models based in adult learning principles and best practices Offers guidelines to test instructors' readiness to teach online Contains ideas for overcoming faculty resistance Reveals how to develop an effective mentoring program Shows how to establish a long-term faculty development effort Praise for The Excellent Online Instructor "Palloff and Pratt have a profound understanding of the online educational milieu, its complexities and challenges as well as the potential it opens up to serious educators dedicated to exploiting its full value. Practical and down-to-earth strategies are at the core of what the authors offer the reader in this engaging book." —Michael J. Canuel, CEO, LEARN Quebec "This book examines best practices for effective online teaching and instructor engagement and provides a concise plan for faculty development and effective training methods. Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt have provided another essential resource for the field of online teaching and learning that is a must-read for anyone working with faculty or teaching online in either higher education or K–12." —Kaye Shelton, dean, Online Education, Dallas Baptist University "Whether you are guiding departmental faculty or looking to improve your own online skills, Palloff and Pratt provide practical steps, tools to organize your processes, best practices to emulate, and valuable resources to help you achieve excellence online." —Lynn Olson, dean, Graduate and Professional Studies, St. Joseph's College Online

Lessons from the Virtual Classroom

Author: Rena M. Palloff
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118238222
Format: PDF, Docs
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Lessons from the Virtual Classroom, Second Edition The second edition of the classic resource Lessons from the Cyberspace Classroom offers a comprehensive reference for faculty to hone their skills in becoming more effective online instructors. Thoroughly revised and updated to reflect recent changes and challenges that face online teachers, Lessons from the Virtual Classroom is filled with illustrative examples from actual online courses as well as helpful insights from teachers and students. This essential guide offers targeted suggestions for dealing with such critical issues as evaluating effective courseware, working with online classroom dynamics, addressing the needs of the online student, making the transition to online teaching, and promoting the development of the learning community. Praise for Lessons from the Virtual Classroom, Second Edition "Palloff and Pratt demonstrate their exceptional practical experience and insight into the online classroom. This is an invaluable resource for those tasked with creating an online course." — D. Randy Garrison, professor, University of Calgary, and author, Blended Learning in Higher Education: Framework, Principles, and Guidelines "Faculty will deeply appreciate and make use of the many explicit examples of how to design, prepare, and teach both blended and fully online courses." — Judith V. Boettcher, faculty coach and author, The Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips "Lessons from the Virtual Classroom is filled with insightful caveats and recommendations, pointed examples to enhance your practice, succinct summaries of the research, and engaging visual overviews. Each page brings the reader a renewed sense of confidence to teach online as well as personal joy that there is finally a resource to find the answers one is seeking." — Curtis J. Bonk, professor of education, Indiana University-Bloomington, and author, Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing

Best Practices of Online Education

Author: Mark A. Maddix
Publisher: IAP
ISBN: 1617357707
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The book provides best practices from online educators who are engaged in online teaching and program development in Christian higher education. It also explores the distinct aspects of teaching and developing online courses and programs from a Christian perspective and within Christian higher education institutions. As such it is can serve as a ready resource for academic administrators and professors, novices and veterans at online program development and instruction.

Lessons from the Cyberspace Classroom

Author: Rena M. Palloff
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780787959968
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Authors Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt have written a comprehensive reference for faculty to use to hone their skills as online instructors and for students to use to become more effective online learners. Filled with numerous examples from actual online courses and insights from teachers and students, Lessons from the Cyberspace Classroom covers the entire online teaching process. This essential guide offers helpful suggestions for dealing with such critical issues as evaluating effective courseware, working with online classroom dynamics, addressing the needs of the online student, making the transition to online teaching, and promoting the development of the learning community.

Ten Strategies for Building Community with Technology

Author: Bernie Potvin
Publisher: Brush Education
ISBN: 1550595520
Format: PDF
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Educators in online and other technology-rich environments consistently ask, “How can I build community among the learners in my class?” They know learning is strengthened by community, but aren’t sure how to design a community in a learning environment where technology plays a significant role. Ten Strategies for Building Community with Technology answers their question with proven strategies developed over the authors’ thirty years’ experience designing and teaching online classes. The ten strategies demonstrate that technology is not an impediment to community, but instead a tool for building more effective learning environments than are possible with traditional, face-to-face classrooms. Used the right way, technology can provide more instructional time, more opportunities for students to reflect, more chances to share and connect, and more access to feedback. But these effective learning environments don’t happen by chance. This book will give you all the background, tactics, examples and advice you need to design successful learning communities with technology. Ten Models for Building Learning Communities Transmission/Direct Instruction Guided Discovery Nurturing Apprenticeship Case Study Shared Praxis Insight-Generating Training Projects Inquiry

Powerful Learning Communities

Author: Oscar T. Lenning
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC.
ISBN: 1579225802
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Learning communities have been demonstrated to dramatically improve student outcomes by engaging students in their learning.

This book constitutes a comprehensive guide for readers who want a broad strategic view of learning communities, enabling them to identify which type of LC best meets the learning needs of their students, and the context and mission of their institution. It also provides the tools for planning, designing and implementing what the authors define as “powerful” LCs, and for understanding the assessment implications of their decisions.

The potential power of LCs is realised through effective facilitation, appropriate team-building activities, linkages, planning, and active collaboration that promotes learning of the group and the individual group members – all of which topics are covered in this volume.

This book is organised around the three themes of setting the stage, designing an LC, and building or enhancing a powerful LC, and covers three types of learning communities – student, professional (faculty, staff), and institutional LCs concerned with student learning – providing a range of tools and forms to facilitate planning. The authors also address designing and maintaining hybrid and virtual LCs.

This book is intended as a practical resource for anyone at any level in higher education who wants to champion, develop or redesign student or professional LCs, or even explore broader initiatives to develop their institution into a “learning organisation”. Administrators in academic and student affairs administrators will find guidance for setting appropriate policies and allocating resources.

The book may also serve as a textbook for graduate courses in institutional leadership and policy studies, curriculum and instruction, student affairs, or assessment/evaluation.

This is a radically revised new edition of The Powerful Potential of Learning Communities: Improving Education for the Future (1999).


Assessing the Online Learner

Author: Rena M. Palloff
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470283866
Format: PDF, Docs
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Assessing the Online Learner Written by Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt, experts in the field of online teaching and learning, this hands-on resource helps higher education professionals understand the fundamentals of effective online assessment. It offers guidance for designing and implementing creative assessment practices tied directly to course activities to measure student learning. The book is filled with illustrative case studies, authentic assessments based in real-life application of concepts, and collaborative activities that assess the quality of student learning rather than relying on the traditional methods of measuring the amount of information retained. Praise for Assessing the Online Learner "Established leaders in online learning, Palloff and Pratt have broken new ground with this scholarly yet practical guidebook destined to become a classic. In the era of accountability, this text will provide administrators, faculty developers, and online teaching faculty with clear direction based in many years of successful virtual classroom experience that will guide the assessment of online learning for years to come." —Judy Witt, dean, School of Educational Leadership and Change, Fielding Graduate University "At a time in which online educators are increasingly called upon to document student learning, Palloff and Pratt have succinctly offered strategies to align assessment, program competencies, learning outcomes, and course activities that authentically engage learners and promote meaningful reflection." —Tina J. Parscal, director of education and professional studies programs, Colorado State University–Global Campus