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Beyond the hype of online learning lies a straightforward question: how do you really deliver worthwhile learning online? This book, based on action research, provides a simple answer to this fundamental question by exploring a key technique that enables teachers and learners to use available technologies happily and successfully.

So, what are e-tivities? They are motivating, engaging,
purposeful activities developed and led by an e-moderator. They are frameworks for active and interactive online learning. E-tivities are in the hands of the teachers themselves and promote active e-learning.

This is not a book about the technology of online learning. Practical, accessible and direct, it looks at personalizing and customizing teaching and learning. Written for use in any topic, subject or course, E-tivities explores:

  • the importance of activities in online learning;
  • designing and running e-tivities;
  • the five-stage model of teaching and learning online.

Backed up extensive illustrations and case studies, and including a unique collection of 35 Resources for Practitioners, this is a book for all professionals involved in online learning.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'Teachers are likely to find the book accessible, and anything which encourages them to try out the e-learning medium, and emphasizes the educational benefits of communication, is to be applauded. There are some great nuggets in E-tivities.' - Innovations in Education and Teaching International

'Another classic how-to book from an expert in the field. This book will provide ideas and stimuli to online tutors everywhere. It is a hype-free zone, full of practical, tried and tested approaches to engaging learners in online discussion.' - Professor Robin Mason

E-tivities really is a marvellous handbook. A practical guide to the new e-learning, it takes the angst out of online tutoring and provides a much-needed comfort zone. E-tivities is the craft of e-moderating made easy.

Dale Spender

Jenny Preece
"E-tivities" provides a very practical way of engaging students in online collaborative online learning. It is the first book that I have read that actually deals in a very practical way with the very thorny problem of how to get students to collaborate successfully with peers in learning projects using textual computer mediated communication. I'm happy to say that this book goes beyond such superficial advice as 'make sure that online activities count towards students' final grades'. Encouraging online participation by such extrinsically motivated ploys will put students off who are looking for a meaningful experience; particularly if the activities seem trivial and could be done in other ways, or contribute little to the goals of the course, as is so often the case. Based on her many years of working with students and tutors at the British Open University, Salmon has devised a model for e-learning which she supports with a range of 'how to do it' and 'try this' examples for novice instructors who want to use computer-mediated communication with their students but who aren't sure what to do or where to start. Many of these suggestions are unthreatening and can be tried by anyone, others are more challenging and will be useful for those with experience in online teaching.
Betty Collis
Gilly Salmon's E-tivities are important ideas, particularly for those who think of e-learning as the solitary process of reading pre-made and pre-selected study materials off the computer screen. E-tivities, in contrast, are intensely interpersonal and their results are not known in advance. But they do not happen based only good intentions; Salmon's book is a valuable guide to scaffold their development for the instructor or facilitator as well as for those who "train the trainers". The idea of the learners leaving "footprints" for others to follow is particularly powerful.
Martyn Sloman
For many training professionals, e-moderating offers a compelling new opportunity to play a business-critical role. A future is beckoning. E-tivites offers an eminently practical guide on how to begin and advance in this role. It is written in simple straightforward language and is full of practical examples. Gilly Salmon argues that the future of e-learning lies beyond information and will be about greater interaction and participation. Her awareness of the current challenges facing trainers in organizations is apparent from the opening paragraphs. Her central questions are "how can teachers and learners use technologies happily?
Author of The E-Learning Revolution
Brent Muirhead
Gilly Salmon's latest book "E-tivities: The key to active online learning" reflects her passion to encourage today's online instructors. Salmon has addressed the need for relevant online instructional activities that can be used in a diversity of academic disciplines. Salmon's online work at the Open University has provided an excellent basis to develop a research-based book. Instructors will appreciate the creative ideas and activities that support her innovative five stage teaching and learning model. The book offers practical strategies that personalize student learning and cultivate interaction within classes. Contemporary distance educators will find a wealth of valuable curriculum resources in E-tivities that can energize their students by participating in meaningful and intellectually challenging projects.
Robin Mason
Another classic how-to book from an expert in the field. This book will provide ideas and stimulus to online tutors everywhere. It is a hype-free zone, full of practical, tried and tested approaches to engaging learners in online discussion.
Dale Spender
(This really is a marvellous handbook. A practical guide to the new e-learning, it takes the angst out of online tutoring and provides a much needed comfortzone. "E-tivities" is the craft of online tutoring made easy.
Stephen Brown
Online learning is growing rapidly. There can be few colleges, universities or large businesses that have not experimented with it so some extent. While there has been considerable interest and investment in the development of online learning materials, the issues surrounding online learning support have received less attention. "E-tivities: The key to active online learning" is hard to put down. I was fascinated by the host of different voices that speak from every page, offering an insight into the often closed and sometimes daunting world of online learning. It is so packed with real life experiences that it is essential reading for anyone new to online learning, either as student or tutor. Learners will find plenty of guidance on how to make sense of their own experiences and the Resources for Practitioners are a valuable mine of ideas that must have taken thousands of hours to develop and refine to the point where they can be offered here as succinct nuggets. Whether or not you like the term "e-tivities", I expect the well researched ideas and suggestions and the conceptual framework offered in this book will have an important effect on the quality of online learning and teaching. Practical books which offer useful guidance which is more than mere "cookbook" tips are all too rare. This is one. Read it and judge for yourself.
Shirley Alexander
Gilly Salmon's previous book provided an extraordinarily useful framework for practitioners in understanding the development of an online community of learners. In her new book she has distilled her considerable experience of online teaching to provide the fabric for this framework in the form of literally hundreds of online activities within each stage, making it essential reading for all online teachers who want to reflect on how they can provide rich and rewarding online experiences for their students.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780749436865
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Gilly Salmon works as an academic member of the Centre for Information and Innovation at the Open University Business School in the UK. A well-known pioneer of online teaching, she also trains and consults for a wide range of commercial organisations. She is author of the best selling E-moderating: The Key To Teaching and Learning Online now also published by RoutledgeFalmer.

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Table of Contents

Contents include how to: develop low-cost and worthwhile e-activities; create fuller participation in online learning; retain and satisfy learners.

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