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Lessons from the Virtual Classroom: The Realities of Online Teaching, 2nd Edition by Keith Pratt, Rena M. Palloff

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CHAPTER SEVEN

WORKING WITH THE VIRTUAL STUDENT

Successful learners in the online environment need to be active, creative, and engaged in the learning process. Nipper (1989) described successful online learners as “noisy learners,” or learners who are visibly engaged with one another and with the generation of knowledge. This description of the successful online learner persists today. Dabbagh (2007) noted that the profile of online learners has changed from those who are older, employed, place bound, goal oriented, and intrinsically motivated to a more diverse population that is younger and technologically oriented. Aslanian and Clinefelter (2012), in their survey of fifteen hundred adults who were either enrolled in online programs or planned ...

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