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Learning in Real Time is a concise and practical resource for education professionals teaching live and online or those wanting to humanize and improve interaction in their online courses by adding a synchronous learning component. The book offers keen insight into the world of synchronous learning tools, guides instructors in evaluating how and when to use them, and illustrates how educators can develop their own strategies and styles in implementing such tools to improve online learning.
About the Author.
1 Learning, Live Online.
Synchronous Interaction Across the Learning Continuum.
Needs Served by Synchronous Interaction.
The Synchronous Compact.
Indicators for Real-Time Online Learning.
Learner Skills Developed and Assessed Live Online.
2 Real-Time Learning as Good Practice.
Contact Between Students and Faculty.
Cooperation Among Students.
Time on Task.
Diverse Talents and Ways of Learning.
3 Tools for Learning in Real Time.
Live Audio and Video Tools.
Content, Display, and Other Interactive Tools.
4 Real-Time Learning Venues.
A Moving Target.
Multi-user Virtual Environments.
Virtual Reference, Tutoring, and Help Desks.
Virtual Offices and Virtual Meeting Rooms.
Webcasting or Broadcasting.
In-class Online Aids.
5 Facilitating Learning in Real Time.
Be a Good Host.
Inflate a Bubble of Concentration.
Be a Ringmaster.
Use Virtual Body Language.
Rely on Others: You Are Not Alone.
Use the Synchronous Dashboard.
Be Prepared and Manage Crises.
6 Real-Time Online Learning Activities.
Paired Partners or Dyads.
Guest Appearances and Co-hosts.
Live Blogging and Cclogging.
Expeditions and Virtual Training Labs.
Multiple Venue Productions or Presentations.
Further Reading and Related Web Sites.
Ten Common Misconceptions About Synchronous Instruction.
Scheduling Synchronous Interaction.
Buyer’s Guide: Questions to Ask When Considering a Synchronous Tool.