Engaging the Online Learner: Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 23, 2011 - Education - 160 pages
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Engaging the Online Learner

This updated edition includes an innovative framework—the Phases of Engagement—that helps learners 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

  • Assess the learning that occurs as a result of collaborative activities

  • Phase in activities that promote engagement among online learners

  • Build peer interaction through peer partnerships and team activities

  • Create authentic activities and implement games and simulations

Praise for Engaging the Online Learner

"The Phases of Engagement framework provides a road map for creating community at each phase of an online course. This book is an invaluable guide to innovative practices for online learning."–Judith V. Boettcher, coauthor of The Online Teaching Survival Guide

"Engagement is the heart of online learning. The authors have developed an encyclopedia of tried-and-true learner engagement activities that are authentic and ready to use."–Donald P. Ely, professor emeritus, instructional design, development and evaluation in the School of Education, Syracuse University


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Learning in an Online Environment
Constructing Activities
Measuring Online Engaged Learning
SUMMARY CHAPTER 4 Learning to Use Online Tools
Activities to Engage Online
Peer Partnership and Team Activities
Reflective Activities
CHAPTER 8Authentic Activities
CHAPTER10 LearnerLed Activities

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About the author (2011)

Rita-Marie Conrad has been teaching, designing, and consulting on online courses for nearly two decades. She consults on the design, implementation, and evaluation of online courses, and provides training to community college and university faculty. A frequent presenter on the topic of online instruction, she is also coauthor of The Online Teaching Survival Guide published by Jossey-Bass.

J. Ana Donaldson retired as an associate professor of instructional technology from the University of Northern Iowa. She continues her love of teaching online by working part-time as a contributing faculty member for Walden University. She also provides instructional design and program evaluation consulting and has presented workshops on using technology to apply the principles of engaged learning.

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