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, Kindle
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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 Cyberspace Classroom

Author: Rena M. Palloff
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780787959968
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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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.

Assessing the Online Learner

Author: Rena M. Palloff
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470283866
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Assessing the Online Learner Written by Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt, experts in the fieldof online teaching and learning, this hands-on resource helpshigher education professionals understand the fundamentals ofeffective online assessment. It offers guidance for designing andimplementing creative assessment practices tied directly to courseactivities to measure student learning. The book is filled withillustrative case studies, authentic assessments based in real-lifeapplication of concepts, and collaborative activities that assessthe quality of student learning rather than relying on thetraditional methods of measuring the amount of informationretained. Praise for Assessing the Online Learner "Established leaders in online learning, Palloff and Pratt havebroken new ground with this scholarly yet practical guidebookdestined to become a classic. In the era of accountability, thistext will provide administrators, faculty developers, and onlineteaching faculty with clear direction based in many years ofsuccessful virtual classroom experience that will guide theassessment of online learning for years to come." —Judy Witt, dean, School of Educational Leadership andChange, Fielding Graduate University "At a time in which online educators are increasingly calledupon to document student learning, Palloff and Pratt havesuccinctly offered strategies to align assessment, programcompetencies, learning outcomes, and course activities thatauthentically engage learners and promote meaningfulreflection." —Tina J. Parscal, director of education and professionalstudies programs, Colorado State University–Global Campus

Lessons from the Virtual Classroom

Author: Rena M. Palloff
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118238222
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Lessons from the Virtual Classroom, Second Edition The second edition of the classic resource Lessons from theCyberspace Classroom offers a comprehensive reference forfaculty to hone their skills in becoming more effective onlineinstructors. Thoroughly revised and updated to reflect recentchanges and challenges that face online teachers, Lessons fromthe Virtual Classroom is filled with illustrative examples fromactual online courses as well as helpful insights from teachers andstudents. This essential guide offers targeted suggestions fordealing with such critical issues as evaluating effectivecourseware, working with online classroom dynamics, addressing theneeds of the online student, making the transition to onlineteaching, and promoting the development of the learningcommunity. Praise for Lessons from the Virtual Classroom,Second Edition "Palloff and Pratt demonstrate their exceptional practicalexperience and insight into the online classroom. This is aninvaluable resource for those tasked with creating an onlinecourse." — D. Randy Garrison, professor, University of Calgary, andauthor, Blended Learning in Higher Education: Framework,Principles, and Guidelines "Faculty will deeply appreciate and make use of the manyexplicit examples of how to design, prepare, and teach both blendedand fully online courses." — Judith V. Boettcher, faculty coach and author, TheOnline Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical PedagogicalTips "Lessons from the Virtual Classroom is filled withinsightful caveats and recommendations, pointed examples to enhanceyour practice, succinct summaries of the research, and engagingvisual overviews. Each page brings the reader a renewed sense ofconfidence to teach online as well as personal joy that there isfinally a resource to find the answers one is seeking." — Curtis J. Bonk, professor of education, IndianaUniversity-Bloomington, and author, Empowering Online Learning:100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, andDoing

Best Practices of Online Education

Author: Mark A. Maddix
Publisher: IAP
ISBN: 1617357707
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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.

Powerful Learning Communities

Author: Oscar T. Lenning
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC.
ISBN: 1579225802
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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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).