Engaging the Online Learner: Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction / Edition 1

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This is a revision of the first title in Jossey-Bass' Online Teaching & Learning series. This series helps higher education professionals improve the practice of online teaching and learning by providing concise, practical resources focused on particular areas or issues they might confront in this new learning environment. This revision includes updated activities and resources for instructors teaching online. Based on changes in technology and best practices learned from the field the revision provides new information for even seasoned online instructors.

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"Conrad and Donaldson have definitely written a book that an inspire teachers to be creative and resourceful!"  (Authors Journal Compilation, Winter 2007)
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Meet the Author

Rita-Marie Conrad has been teaching, designing, and consulting on online courses for nearly two decades. She consults on the design, implementation, and evaluation of online courses, and provides training to community college and university faculty. A frequent presenter on the topic of online instruction, she is also coauthor of The Online Teaching Survival Guide published by Jossey-Bass.

J. Ana Donaldson retired as an associate professor of instructional technology from the University of Northern Iowa. She continues her love of teaching online by working part-time as a contributing faculty member for Walden University. She also provides instructional design and program evaluation consulting and has presented workshops on using technology to apply the principles of engaged learning.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
The Authors xiii
Part 1 Constructing Activities to Engage Online Learners 1
1 Engaged Learning in an Online Environment 3
Engaged Learning in the Online Environment 6
Guiding Learners to Engage Online 9
Appropriate Activities for Each Phase 12
Summary 13
2 Designing Online Engagement 16
Adapting Classroom-Based Activities 17
Meeting the Needs of Online Learners 19
Choosing an Effective Communication Tool 20
Summary 23
3 Measuring Online Engaged Learning 24
Analyzing the Quality of Critical Thinking 25
Discussion Analysis Tools 26
Rubrics 26
Team Assessments 27
Reflective Self-Assessments 31
Summary 31
Part 2 Activities to Engage Online Learners 35
4 Learning to Use Online Tools 37
Building Students' Skills in Using the Necessary Tools 37
Skill-Building Activities to Try 39
Skills Survey 40
Drag and Drop 41
Library Search 42
I Can Find That 43
Scavenger Hunt 44
Syllabus Quiz 45
5 Online Icebreakers 46
Characteristics of an Effective Icebreaker 47
Icebreakers to Try 48
Bingo 49
Classmate Quiz 50
Lineup 51
Lost in Space 52
Name That Movie 53
One Word 54
Portrait 55
Room with a View 56
Snowball 57
Things 57
Truths and Lies 58
What Kind of Animal? 58
Why Are We Together? 59
6 Peer Partnership and Team Activities 60
Moving Dyads to Teams 61
Peer Partnership and Team Activities to Try 63
Contest of the Week 64
Dyad Debate 65
Group Contract 66
How's My Driving? 67
Medieval Shield 69
Progressive Project 70
Structured Chat 71
Structured Discussion 72
7 Reflective Activities 73
Characteristics of an Effective Reflective Activity 74
Reflective Activities to Try 75
Aha! 76
Bumper Sticker 77
Critical Insight 78
I Didn't Know That 79
IRAs 80
More Words to Lead By 81
Picture 82
Summary Words 83
8 Authentic Activities 84
Characteristics of an Effective Authentic Activity 85
Authentic Activities to Try 86
Case Study 87
Celebrity Chat 88
Cross-Region Discussion 89
Team Problem Solving 90
Pyramid 91
Social Responsibility 92
9 Games and Simulations 93
Characteristics of an Effective Game or Simulation 94
Games and Simulations to Try 95
Group Problem-Based Learning 96
Jilligan's Island 101
Spreadsheets 103
Virtual Field Trips 104
WebQuest 105
10 Learner-Led Activities 106
Activities Led by Individuals Versus Teams 106
Conveying Outcomes 107
Choosing the Type of Activity 107
Adequate Orientation and Planning Time 107
What Do Learners Think About Learner-Led Activities? 109
Examples of Learner-Led Activities 110
Example 1 111
Example 2 112
Example 3 114
Example 4 118
References 121
Index 125
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