Power Up A Practical Student's Guide to Online Learning

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/23/2011
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Power Upserves as a textbook for students of all backgrounds who are new to online learning.It also occasionally serves as a reference book for instructors who are also novices in the area, or who need insight into the perspective of such students.   The purpose of the book is to provide readers with the knowledge and practice they need to be successful online learners: o        Practical, straightforward language o        Focus on helping students acclimate to the online classroom faster o        Key information and suggestions for succeeding as an online learner o        Common relevant topics covered with an online spin, such as motivation, time management, and self-knowledge o        Detailed discussion of topics of particular relevance to online learners o        Application of current research and theory on learning styles and personality profiles to online learning The new edition includes timely new chapters covering hot topics like e-books, hybrid modality, and mobile and 21stcentury learning.  First edition chapters have been expanded to reflect new developments in educational technology and to include updated research & statistics.

Author Biography

Stacey Barrett is Director of Assessment and Evaluation for Pearson Learning Solutions. She has worked in higher education for over 15 years, specializing in the design of curriculum and assessments. Stacey holds a Masters degree in Learning and Instructional Technology. She lives in Chandler, Arizona.


Catrina Poe is AVP/Academian for Pearson Education and is located in Phoenix, Arizona. She is married with four children. With over 20 years of experience in the educational industry, she has worked as an administrator as well as a faculty member. She started teaching online in the late 1990’s and has taught at over eight different schools. She holds a doctorate in business administration, and her dissertation was focused on implementing online programs at for-profit, career colleges.


Carrie Spagnola- Doyle is Vice President of Curriculum and Instruction for Pearson Learning Solutions (PLS) and is located in San Tan Valley, Arizona where she lives with her husband Brian, daughter Marlie, and their dog Patches. She heads a group called PLS-CC, whose primary focus is the analysis, design, development, and evaluation of custom curriculum in all modalities. PLS-CC manages educational initiatives and creates solutions that span the higher education within the private sector, community colleges, state schools, k-12, government, associations, and corporations. She has been an approved online adjunct faculty member for University of Phoenix since 2003 and published her first book, Journal to Fulfillment in 2002.  Carrie holds her Masters in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Communication. 


Table of Contents

Brief Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Becoming an Online Learner 1

Chapter 2 Know Thyself: Self-Discovery for the Online Learner 9

Chapter 3 Motivation and Goal Setting: Overcoming Obstacles 15

Chapter 4 The Commitments of an Online Student:

Managing Your Priorities 23



Chapter 5 The Online Classroom and Community 31

Chapter 6 Navigating Learning Management Systems 37

Chapter 7 The Hybrid Balance 49



Chapter 8 Communicating Online: Who, What, When, How, and Why 55

Chapter 9 Working in the Online Classroom 63

Chapter 10 Thinking and Researching Online 69

Chapter 11 Strategies for Successful Online Learning 79

Chapter 12 The Evolution of Learning 87



Chapter 13 Computer Concerns 95

Chapter 14 E-Books: The Evolution of the Textbook 103

Chapter 15 Creating the Ideal Personalized Study Environment 109



Chapter 16 Preparing for the First Day of Class 117

Chapter 17 Maintaining Your Online Success 123

Appendix A Financing Your Education 129

Appendix B Understanding the Importance of Accreditation 131


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