Building learning communities in cyberspace: effective strategies for the online classroom

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Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1999 - Computers - 206 pages
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"1999 Winner of the Philip E. Frandson Award for Literature in Continuing Higher Education, from the University Continuing Education Association"

"A must read for anyone involved in or considering involvement in online, networked learning."
--"Donald J. MacIntyre, president, The Fielding Institute"

"A thorough overview of the online course process, including course selection, design, and evaluation, and many of the technical issues that affect the entire process."
--"Kathleen M. Rose, distance education specialist, University of California Extension Online"

Written for faculty, instructors, and trainers in any distance learning environment, "Building Learning Communities in Cyberspace" shows how to create a virtual classroom environment that helps students excel academically, while fostering a sense of community. This practical, hands-on guide is filled with illustrative case studies, vignettes, and examples from a wide variety of successful online courses. The authors offer proven strategies for handling challenges that include:

  • Engaging students with subject matter
  • Accounting for attendance and participation
  • Working with students who do not participate
  • Understanding the signs of when a student is in trouble
  • Building online communities that accommodate personal interaction
Based on many years of work in information systems and over five years of experience in online distance education, Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt share insights designed to guide readers through the steps of computer-mediated course design and implementation.

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When Teaching and Learning Leave the Classroom
Defining and Redefining Community
What We Know About Electronic Learning

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About the author (1999)

RENA M. PALLOFF, Ph.D., is managing partner of Crossroads Consulting Group and adjunct professor at John F. Kennedy University and the Organizational Design and Effectiveness program at the Fielding Institute, both in California. KEITH PRATT, Ph.D., is managing partner of Crossroads Consulting Group and assistant professor and chair of the Management Information Systems program at Ottawa University in Kansas.