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Introduction to Online Learning: A Guide for Students

by Julie Globokar SAGE Publications, Inc
Pub Date:
04/2010
ISBN:
9781412978224
Format:
Pbk 136 pages
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AU$87.00 NZ$89.57
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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.

Introduction
Chapter 1: Debunking the Myths of Online Education
Introduction
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
Conclusion
Reflection Questions
Chapter Checklist
Chapter 2: Where do I Start?
Introduction
Technology Basics
Getting Comfortable with Online Campus
Exploring the Online Classroom
Knowing What to Look For
Conclusion
Reflection Questions
Chapter Checklist
Chapter 3: Getting Organized
Introduction
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
Conclusion
Reflection Questions
Chapter Checklist
Chapter 4: "Where do I turn for Help?" Knowing Your Resources
Introduction
Getting Answers to School-Specific Question
Technological Resources
Academic Resources
Social Resources
Counseling Services
Financial Support
Conclusion
Reflections Questions
Chapter Checklist
Chapter 5: When the Worst Happens and How to Cope
Introduction
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...
Conclusion
Reflection Questions
Chapter Checklist
Chapter 6: Learning Styles
Introduction
Know Your Strengths
The Delivery of Information
Kolb's Learning Styles
Other Considerations in Learning Style
Conclusion
Reflection Questions
Chapter Checklist
Chapter 7: Written Communication
Introduction
Computer-mediated, Communication, Academic Style
Discussion Boards
Emails
Formal Writing Assignments
Conclusion
Reflection Questions
Chapter Checklist
Chapter 8: Conducting Quality Research for Your Online Class
Introduction
Why Research?
Types of Resources
Researching for Your Online Class
Conclusion
Reflection Questions
Chapter Checklist
Chapter 9: Citing Your Sources
Introduction
Citing 101
Knowing When to Cite
Knowing How to Cite
Peparing to Cite Your Sources
Conclusion
Reflection Questions
Chapter Checklist

Julie Globokar holds a Master s Degree and is currently pursuing her PhD in criminal justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has extensive experience with both online and face-to-face instruction at the college level, and has served for three years as an academic chair for online courses in Kaplan University's Undergraduate School of Criminal Justice. She is dedicated to helping students overcome barriers to reach their goals.