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Overview

Online learning is still in its infancy, and there is a pressing need for resource for those who have little or no background in technology. This book shows how to understand the basics of online learning. Provides detailed but simple explanations about the technologies and processes involved in online learning and explains the basics from the point of view of a seasoned, skeptical, and realistic instructional technology practitioner.

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher
“Anyone new to online teaching should read this book beforethey start planning instruction. Dr. Shanks does a comprehensivejob of documenting basic issues and common sense decisions from thevantage point of an experienced online instructor."
—Carol Kamin, MS, EdD, director of medicaleducation R&D,Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine

“One of the most sensible, innovative approaches to onlinelearning today, Making Sense of Online Learning is animportant book, ideal both for new and experienced instructionaldesigners. Instead of locking the learner into boring  pageturners and multiple choice questions, Patty Shank provides ablueprint for how to exploit technology to enable innovation. Nohype, no phony panacea, just down-to-earth clear writing andexcellent examples you can apply to both corporate and academiceducation.  A tremendous amount can be learned from thiscommon sense ground-breaking work.”
—Leslie J. Freeman, head of e-Learning, Morgan Stanley

“Patti's engaging and no-nonsense style will give anyonethe knowledge needed to become confident practitioner in the worldof online learning. If you need a hurry-up entry into onlinelearning, Patti Shank's book is just the ticket. She successfullyintegrates the key aspects of online learning into a comprehensiveand readable guide that will give anyone the tools of the trade inshort order.”
—Cynthia S. Wehmer, CPT, IT Training Manager, Coors BrewingCompany

“This is the clearest and most comprehensive look at whatinstructional designers, faculty and administrators alike need toknow about the complex and changing environment of technologyenhanced learning that I have found. A must-read for the learningorganization of today, corporate or academic.”
—Ellen K. Waterman, director of distance learning, RegisUniversity SPS, Denver

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787969820
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/2/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Patti Shank is the managing partner of Learning Peaks, aninstructional technology consulting group that helps organizationsoptimize their online/distance education initiatives. She’slisted in Who’s Who In Instructional Technology, is a popularspeaker at training and instructional technology conferences, andhas contributed numerous chapters to training books. She was anaward-winning contributor for Online Learning Magazine andwinner of a 2002 EDMEDIA award.

Amy Sitze is a journalist and editor who has heldleadership roles at several business and technology magazines,including three years as editor of Online LearningMagazine.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures.

Introduction: Getting the Most from This Resource.

Who Should Read This Book?

Who Should Not Read This Book?

Who Are the Authors?

How Is This Book Organized?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Taking the Leap.

What Is Online Learning?

Where Has Online Learning Come from and Where Is It Going?

When Does Using Technology for Learning Make Sense?

How Can I Tell Whether My Organization Is Ready?

What Is Good Online Learning?

What Skills Do I Need?

How Do I Stay Sane?

Resources.

2. What About Learning?

What Is Learning?

What Is Instruction?

What Activities Should Be Included in Instruction?

How Do I Select Interactions and Activities?

Conclusion.

3. The Language of Online Learning: How to SpellHTML.

How to Speak the Right Language.

What Are the Most Common Terms That Are Misunderstood by FolksNew to This Field, and What Do They Mean?

New Terms and Technologies.

Conclusion.

4. Designing for the Web.

Does Traditional Instructional Design Work for OnlineLearning?

How Do I Design with the User in Mind?

How Do I Make Things Easy to Find on My Site?

How Do I Make Sure the Site Is Easy to Navigate?

Conclusion.

5. Tools and Technologies for Online Learning, Part 1:Development.

How Do I Build Online Learning?

What Are the Most Common Tools Used for Building OnlineInstructional Materials? What Do I Need to Know to Get Started?

What Are Some Technologies I Need to Know About?

Conclusion.

6. Tools and Technologies for Online Learning, Part 2:Infrastructure.

What Is Learning Infrastructure?

What Tools Can I Use to Track Learners and Courses?

What Tools Can I Use to Keep Track of Online Content?

What Are Learning Objects, and How Do They Relate to Trackingand Managing Online Content?

What Are Learning Standards?

Conclusion.

7. Evaluating Online Learning.

What Is Evaluation?

What Aspects of Online Instruction Should I Evaluate?

What’s the Difference Between Assessment andEvaluation?

How Do You Evaluate a Course or Program?

How Can You Evaluate Online Learning?

Conclusion.

Conclusion.

References.

Index.

About the Authors.

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