Power Up: A Practical Student's Guide to Online Learning / Edition 1

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Online students begin their academic careers like many students—with sheer excitement. Embarking on a dream and making an investment in themselves, they strive for success. While a variety of reasons draw them to online courses, these students may find the non-traditional classroom unexpectedly challenging. Technical skills, time management, and an understanding of personal learning preferences can often overwhelm first-time online students.

A reference text, Power Up frankly discusses the realities of online learning and highlights the resources available to online students. The tips and techniques outlined in the text help students to succeed in the virtual classroom. Students will discover how to regulate their learning paces and processes—skills that will serve them well beyond their online education.

Through proactive advice, authentic experiences, and constructive commentary, this book is accessible and appropriate for all students entering college, as well as for high school students engaged in online learning. It offers supplemental support material to schools and faculty entering the online/hybrid environment.

Among them, the authors share more than 30 years of educational experience, having taught new students at more than six different universities, and possessing an intimate understanding of the theory and practice of impacting student performance and retention. As all three authors are former online students themselves, they also have developed numerous online student success courses.

Feature include:

  • Power Up Sections — objectives in each chapter for students to acquire key concepts for success.
  • More Power to You — suggested online search terms and a brief list of individual websites that students can explore to obtain further information on relevant chapter topics.

'The strength of this text lies with the authors' hands-on, real-world knowledge of the tools, techniques and strategies helpful to online learners. A very powerful text.'

Dr. James M. Wood

Green Mount College

'This is an excellent supplementary text, providing an overview of the constructs related to learner readiness.'

Mac Adkins

Troy University

'This text is simple, short, and has a wide array of perspectives that really give a deeper understanding for the students.'

Katie Rosenthal

Ashford University

Visit the Student Success Supersite (www.prenhall.com/success), where students and faculty can find an array of resources.

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Meet the Author

Carrie Spagnola-Doyle is Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Pearson Learning Solutions (PLS) and is located in Rio Rancho, New Mexico where she lives with her husband Brian, daughter Marlie, and their dog Suka. She heads a team of talented Project Managers and Instructional Designers whose primary focus is online and hybrid curriculum development, initiatives, and creative solutions. Prior to working at PLS, Carrie worked at Corporate University of Phoenix for eight years in curriculum development; the last three years she was their Director of Education for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She has been an approved online adjunct faculty member since 2003 and published her first book, Journal to Fulfillment in 2002. Carrie holds her Masters in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Communication.

Stacey Barrett is an Instructional Designer for Pearson Learning Solutions. She has worked in higher education for over 10 years, specializing in the design of curriculum and assessments. Stacey holds a Masters degree in Learning and Instructional Technology. She lives in Chandler, Arizona.

Catrina “Trina” Poe is Solutions Consultant for Pearson Education and is located in Phoenix, Arizona. She is married with four children. She consults with post-secondary schools regarding educational initiatives. She has 15 years work experience in higher education in various positions, and she has taught online for ten years in academic programs from associates to masters. She is currently a doctoral candidate for her Doctor of Business Administration degree.

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Table of Contents

Becoming an Online Learner     1
Know Thyself: Self-Discovery for the Online Learner     9
Motivation and Goal Setting: Overcoming Obstacles     15
The Commitments of an Online Student: Managing Your Priorities     23
The Online Classroom and Community     31
Types of Online Classrooms     37
Communicating Online: Who, What, When, How, and Why     51
Working in the Online Classroom     59
Thinking and Researching Online     65
Strategies for Successful Online Learning     77
Computer Concerns     85
Creating the Ideal Personalized Study Environment     93
Preparing for the First Day of Class     101
Maintaining Your Online Success     109
Financing Your Education     115
Understanding the Importance of Accreditation     117
References     119
Index     121
Study Signs     125
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