The Complete Step-by-step Guide to Designing and Teaching Online Courses

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  • Copyright: 2012-02-24
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr

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In this valuable resource, experts share deep knowledge including practical "how-to" and preventive trouble-shooting tips. Instructors will learn about course design and development, instructional methods for online teaching, and student engagement and community building techniques. The book contains successful teaching strategies, guidance for facilitating interactions and responding to diversity, and assessments, as well as future directions for online learning. With many field-tested examples and practice assignments, and with voices from students, teachers, and experts, this book arms instructors and administrators with the tools they need to teach effective and empowering online courses. This one-stop resource addresses all of the core elements of online teaching in terms that are universally applicable to any content area and at any instructional level.

Author Biography

Joan Thormann is professor in the division of Technology in Education at Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Contact Joan at thormann@lesley.edu about hands-on workshops for online learning. Isa Kaftal Zimmerman is the principal of IKZ Advisors, an educational consulting firm in Boston, Massachusetts. Contact Isa at ikz1@verizon.net about STEM Education and Leadership.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction; and How to Use This Bookp. 1
Impact of Online Teaching and Learning: Transformations in Schoolingp. 1
How to Use This Bookp. 6
Chapter Descriptionsp. 7
Summaryp. 8
Course Design and Developmentp. 9
Philosophy of Education for Teaching Onlinep. 9
Pedagogy of Online Instructionp. 10
Summaryp. 34
Instructional Methods, Models, and Strategiesp. 35
Blended Versus Totally Online: Choosing a Delivery Methodp. 35
Instructional Strategiesp. 37
Summaryp. 54
Assignment Templates and Examplesp. 55
Templates for Innovative Exercises and Experiencesp. 55
Sample Successful Online Assignment Templatesp. 74
Summaryp. 82
Facilitation and Building Online Communityp. 83
Student and Faculty Interactionp. 83
Developing Online Communication and Facilitation Skillsp. 90
Building Online Communityp. 102
Summaryp. 110
Evaluation and Assessment in Online Teachingp. 111
Testing for Learningp. 111
Formative and Summative Evaluationp. 112
Ways of Evaluating Student Learningp. 113
Evaluating Various Student Activities and Productsp. 122
Technology Choices for Evaluationp. 125
Grading Criteriap. 131
High-Stakes Testingp. 133
Summaryp. 133
Teaching Diverse Students Onlinep. 134
Students with Special Needsp. 134
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)p. 142
ELL (English Language Learners) or ESOL (English for Speakers of a Second Language)p. 149
Gifted and Talentedp. 151
At-Risk Studentsp. 152
Summaryp. 153
Dealing with Dilemmasp. 154
Resistance to Online Learningp. 154
Skills Readinessp. 155
Access and Availabilityp. 156
Student Integrity Issuesp. 157
Professional Issues Facing Instructorsp. 162
Educator Preparation Modelsp. 169
Student Retentionp. 172
Summaryp. 172
Looking to, and at, the Future; and Conclusionsp. 173
Gaming as Learningp. 175
Home Schooling (K-12)p. 176
Impact of Online Learning on Formal Schoolingp. 177
Diversity and Globalizationp. 179
Mobile Phones and M-Learningp. 179
Preparing for Teaching Onlinep. 180
Summaryp. 181
Glossaryp. 183
Course Guidelinesp. 186
Referencesp. 194
Indexp. 202
About the Authorsp. 213
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