E-Learning Companion: A Student's Guide to Online Success

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2010 - Education - 288 pages
This text serves as a resource and quick-reference guide for any course that demands technology skills. E-LEARNING COMPANION shows students how to adapt previously mastered skills such as time management, note-taking, and critical thinking to the online environment. The text also serves as a bridge for students who may be familiar with technologies such as real-time chats, online discussion boards, and e-mail as recreational tools, but have not learned how to apply these in a learning environment. Students learn technical terminology and how to troubleshoot, which allows them to become more flexible and capable learners. The skills they gain will support them throughout college and their future careers. The Third Edition features thoroughly updated, expanded, and edited content to ensure that it remains relevant for today's college students.
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Contents

Selecting the Right Opportunities for Success Online
1
Create a Plan for Online Success
16
Technology Tips for Online Students
38
Time Management Strategies
79
Developing Positive Online Relationships
90
ELearning Vocabulary
106
Maintaining Motivation in an Online Course
127
Quick Reference Guide
137
HowTo Tutorials
1
Glossary
63
References and Recommended Readings
69
Credits
71
Index
72
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Ryan Watkins, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Educational Technology Leadership Program at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Watkins has also been a visiting researcher with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and has served as vice president representing the United States in the Inter-American Distance Education Consortium (CREAD). Besides the E-Learning Companion, Dr. Watkins has authored seven additional books, including 75 E-Learning Activities: Making Online Courses More Interactive (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2005); A Guide to Assessing Needs: Tools for collecting information, making decisions, and achieving development results (World Bank, 2012); and The Handbook of Improving Performance in the Workplace - Selecting and Implementing Performance Interventions (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2009). For more information, visit http://www.ryanrwatkins.com.

Michael Corry, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Director of the Educational Technology Leadership Program at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Corry is intimately involved with the course design, delivery, and management of this pioneering program delivered via distance education. Dr. Corry's research interests include distance-learning theory, distance-learning policy, faculty development, asynchronous learning, the integration of technology into K-12 and higher-education settings, instructional design, and human-computer interaction. He has numerous publications and presentations related to his research interests, including Distance Education: What Works Well (Haworth Press, 2003), for which he was the lead editor. He has also designed and delivered faculty-development workshops involving technology. Dr. Corry holds a doctorate degree from Indiana University in Instructional Systems Technology. Before coming to George Washington University, he taught at Indiana University, as well as at the high-school level in Utah.

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