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Lessons from the Virtual Classroom The Realities of Online Teaching

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This is the 2nd edition with a publication date of 6/17/2013.
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Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt, the most trusted online teaching experts, have completely updated and revised this classic to reflect changes in technology and advances in online teaching made in the last decade, in order to meet today’s online learning challenges. The book continues to offer helpful suggestions for dealing with such critical issues as evaluating effective tools, working with online classroom dynamics, addressing the special needs of online students, making the transition to online teaching, and promoting the development of the learning community. Filled with numerous examples from actual online courses and insights from teachers and students, new topics include the open source movement, Web 2.0, Google groups, and topics for the K–12 sector.

Author Biography

Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt have consulted to universities in the development and delivery of online learning since 1994. In conjunction with Fielding Graduate University, they developed the Online Teaching and Learning academic certificate program. They are the authors of Lessons from the Cyberspace Classroom, The Virtual Student, Collaborating Online, Building Online Learning Communities, Assessing Online Learning, and The Excellent Online Instructor all from Jossey-Bass.

Table of Contents

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Preface to the Second Edition: The Face of Online Learning Today

The Authors


Part One: Rethinking Education for an Online World

1 Online Learning in the Twenty-First Century   

2 The Art of Online Teaching      

3 Administrative Issues and Concerns

4 The Tools of Online Teaching  

Part Two: Teaching and Learning Online

5 Transforming Courses for the Online Classroom            

6 Teaching Courses Developed by Others            

7 Working with the Virtual Student         

8 Online Classroom Dynamics    

9 Lessons Learned in the Virtual Classroom         

Appendix A: Sample Training for Faculty               

Appendix B: Additional Resources           


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