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The Online Learning Idea Book, Volume Two: Proven Ways to Enhance Technology-Based and Blended Learning by Patti Shank

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CHAPTER 4

Ideas for Self-Paced Learning

Self-paced, online learning refers to learning “on demand,” learning materials and communication methods that the learner can call upon when needed or when time is available. Self-paced makes lots of sense in many situations because adult learners are often busy and need to fit learning, whether workplace-oriented or higher education–oriented, into an already busy schedule.

Too many people assume self-paced online learning is likely to be boring, one-dimensional, lockstep, or unengaging. No reason it needs to be, except lack of imagination. And that goes for supposedly “boring” topics as well. As authoring ...

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