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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
PART I BEFORE CLASS
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
PART II ABOUT CLASS
Chapter 5 The Online Classroom and Community 31
Chapter 6 Navigating Learning Management Systems 37
Chapter 7 The Hybrid Balance 49
PART III IN CLASS
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
PART IV TOOLS AND WORKSPACE
Chapter 13 Computer Concerns 95
Chapter 14 E-Books: The Evolution of the Textbook 103
Chapter 15 Creating the Ideal Personalized Study Environment 109
PART V EMPOWER YOU
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