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Introduction to Online Learning

Introduction to Online Learning
A Guide for Students

August 2010 | 136 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The book addresses myths and misconceptions regarding online education, organization, communication, time management, personal learning styles, key aspects of research, handling technological "catastrophes", where to seek help when you need it, and other tips for successfully meeting the unique demands of distance learning. This book contains relevant, original examples and illustrations, as well as online resources with links to meaningful examples, interviews with students, etc.
Chapter 1: Debunking the Myths of Online Education
Myth #1: Taking online courses is "settling" for a lesser-quality education  
Myth #2: I am feeling overwhelmed; online learning must not be for me  
Myth #3: I don't know my way around a computer: I can't do this!  
Myth #4: With online education, I am "going it alone"  
Myth #5: I am online all the time; this will be easy!  
Myth #6: Online learninG requires less time than traditional education  
Myth #7: Since this is an online course, I can complete the coursework whenever I want  
Myth #8: My online Coursework will not be respected by others  
Reflection Questions  
Chapter Checklist  
Chapter 2: Where do I Start?
Technology Basics  
Getting Comfortable with Online Campus  
Exploring the Online Classroom  
Knowing What to Look For  
Reflection Questions  
Chapter Checklist  
Chapter 3: Getting Organized
Getting Organized  
Where to Find the Space  
Special Considerations When Working at Home  
Finding Office in the Community  
Where to Find the Time  
The Importance of Balance  
Reflection Questions  
Chapter Checklist  
Chapter 4: "Where do I turn for Help?" Knowing Your Resources
Getting Answers to School-Specific Question  
Technological Resources  
Academic Resources  
Social Resources  
Counseling Services  
Financial Support  
Reflections Questions  
Chapter Checklist  
Chapter 5: When the Worst Happens and How to Cope  
The Importance of Perspective
Technology Matters  
Tips and Tricks to Minimize Technical Catastrophes  
Responding to Common Problems  
Family, Work or Personal Emergencies  
Physical Limitations to Writing  
School-Related Problems  
When You Have Fallen Behind...  
Reflection Questions
Chapter Checklist  
Chapter 6: Learning Styles  
Know Your Strengths  
The Delivery of Information  
Kolb's Learning Styles  
Other Considerations in Learning Style  
Reflection Questions
Chapter Checklist  
Chapter 7: Written Communication  
Computer-mediated, Communication, Academic Style  
Discussion Boards  
Formal Writing Assignments  
Reflection Questions
Chapter Checklist  
Chapter 8: Conducting Quality Research for Your Online Class  
Why Research?  
Types of Resources  
Researching for Your Online Class  
Reflection Questions
Chapter Checklist  
Chapter 9: Citing Your Sources  
Citing 101  
Knowing When to Cite  
Knowing How to Cite  
Peparing to Cite Your Sources  
Reflection Questions  
Chapter Checklist  

I'm requiring it for all of my online students because many have a hard time adapting to online learning. I will be writing one of these myself soon!

West College Of Education, Midwestern State University
November 14, 2013

A useful introduction to on-line learning for students embarking on distance learning modules

Mrs Carol Ellis
Health , Anglia Ruskin University
October 31, 2012

Excellent introduction, concise and easy reading.

Mr James Sales
Sch of Health, Psychology & Soc Care, Manchester Metropolitan University
May 26, 2011

This text has been helpful in assisting students in their individual online course design projects.

Dr Rita McNeil
Human Resource Train Dev Dept, Idaho State University - Pocatello
May 17, 2011

I'm having the bookstore order it as a "Recommended," as opposed to "Required" text. A lot of it doesn't apply to the particular course, as designed, but I think the earnest student would find it interesting and useful.

Note: In the prompt above this box, "relevent" shoud be "relevant." :-)

Professor M Sheridan Embser-Herbert
Sociology Dept, Hamline University
May 10, 2011

Excellent source for students seeking to understand the principles behind elearning and why it is now, or should be, an integral part of their learning environment.

Mrs Michelle Rogers
Centre for Early Childhood, University of Worcester
November 5, 2010

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