Engaging the Online Learner: Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 15, 2010 - Education - 144 pages
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Engaging the Online Learners includes an innovative framework—the Phases of Engagement—that helps instructors become more involved as knowledge generators and cofacilitators of a course. The book also provides specific ideas for tested activities (collected from experienced online instructors across the nation) that can go a long way to improving online learning. Engaging the Online Learner offers the tools and information needed to:
  • Convert classroom activities to an online environment and use online activities in a classroom-based course
  • Assess the learning that occurs as a result of collaborative activities
  • Phase-in activities that promote engagement among online learners
  • Help online learners use online tools
  • Build peer interaction through peer partnerships and team activities
  • Create authentic activities
  • Implement games and simulations

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About the author (2010)

Rita-Marie Conrad has been teaching, designing, and consulting about online courses for the past decade. She has taught online courses for Florida State University, Capella University, and Nova Southeastern University as well as an online course on designing online instruction for the Learning Resources Network (LERN).

J. Ana Donaldson is assistant professor of Educational Technology at the University of Northern Iowa. Donaldson is a published author, keynote speaker, international presenter, and for many years has conducted workshops on integrating technology into engaged learning environments.

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