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Lessons from the Virtual Classroom: The Realities of Online Teaching, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt, the most trusted online teaching experts, have completely updated and revised this classic to reflect changes in technology and advances in online teaching made in the last decade, in order to meet today's online learning challenges. The book continues to offer helpful suggestions for dealing with such critical issues as evaluating effective tools, working with online classroom dynamics, addressing the special needs of online students, making the transition to online teaching, and promoting the development of the learning community. Filled with numerous examples from actual online courses and insights from teachers and students, new topics include the open source movement, Web 2.0, Google groups, and topics for the K-12 sector.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Series
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Figures, Table, and Exhibits
    1. Figures
    2. Table
    3. Exhibits
  6. Preface to the Second Edition: The Face of Online Learning Today
    1. Online Learning in the Twenty-First Century
    2. Organization of the Contents
  7. The Authors
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. Part One: Rethinking Education for an Online World
    1. Chapter One: Online Learning in the Twenty-First Century
      1. Online Learning Today
      2. Current and Emerging Technologies
      3. Emerging Issues for Both Faculty and Administrators
      4. Recent Developments in K–12 Online Learning
      5. The Effectiveness of Distance Delivery
    2. Chapter Two: The Art of Online Teaching
      1. Lack of Preparation
      2. Who Should Teach Online?
      3. Training, Training, and More Training
      4. Using Mobile Technology in Faculty Training
      5. New Processes, New Relationships
      6. Online Pedagogy
      7. Keys to Success
      8. The Final Transition: Assessing and Evaluating Students and Ourselves
      9. Supporting Instructors to Make the Transition
    3. Chapter Three: Administrative Issues and Concerns
      1. Faculty Time, Compensation, and Questions of Tenure
      2. Program Planning and Development
      3. Another Look at Faculty and Student Support, Training, and Development
      4. Governance and Intellectual Property
      5. Student Retention
      6. Some Last Thoughts on Administrative Issues and Concerns
    4. Chapter Four: The Tools of Online Teaching
      1. Technology in the Twenty-First Century
      2. Matching the Technology to the Course
      3. What Are Web 2.0 Technologies?
      4. Choosing Technology Wisely
      5. When Money Is an Issue
      6. Accessibility Is a Major Concern
  10. Part Two: Teaching and Learning Online
    1. Chapter Five: Transforming Courses for the Online Classroom
      1. Starting Over: Considerations in the Development of an Online Course
      2. The Process of the Course
    2. Chapter Six: Teaching Courses Developed by Others
      1. A Focus on Content
      2. Ability to Adjust the Course
      3. Examples of Customization
      4. When Customizing Is Not Possible
      5. Building Community into the Process
      6. Evaluating a Course Developed by Another
      7. Issues of Intellectual Property
      8. Courses with Rolling Admission
      9. Final Thoughts on Teaching a Course Developed by Another
    3. Chapter Seven: Working with the Virtual Student
      1. If We Build It, They Will Come
      2. The Successful Learner in the Online Classroom
      3. Addressing Different Learning Styles
      4. Recognizing and Working with Those Who Do Not Succeed
      5. The Role of the Learner in the Online Learning Process
      6. Maximizing the Potential of the Virtual Student
      7. Teaching Students to Learn in the Online Environment
      8. Respecting Student Intellectual Property
    4. Chapter Eight: Online Classroom Dynamics
      1. Group Dynamics and Online Classroom Dynamics
      2. Applying What We Understand About Groups to Online Classes
      3. Other Ways of Looking at Online Groups
      4. Conflict Revisited
      5. Working with Difficult Students
      6. When It Simply Isn't Working
    5. Chapter Nine: Lessons Learned in the Virtual Classroom
      1. A Look Back
      2. The Myths
      3. Lessons for Faculty
      4. Lessons for Instructional Designers and Faculty Developers
      5. Lessons for Administrators
      6. A Look into the Near Future
  11. Appendix A: Sample Training for Faculty
    1. Introduction to and Best Practices in Online Teaching
    2. Intensive Training Focused on Collaboration and Building Online Learning Communities
  12. Appendix B: Additional Resources
    1. Communities of Practice
    2. Mobile Applications and Web 2.0 Applications
    3. Certificate Programs in Online Teaching
    4. Online Conferences
    5. Online Journals About Online Teaching
    6. Professional Organizations
    7. Course Evaluation Rubrics
  13. References
  14. Index