Teach Beyond Your Reach: An Instructor's Guide to Developing and Running Successful Distance Learning Classes, Workshops, Training Sessions, and More [NOOK Book]

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Taking a practical, curriculum-focused approach, this guide for both new and experienced distance educators allows them to develop and deliver quality courses and training sessions. Providing practices and examples, and surveying the tools of the trade, this fully updated and revised edition covers key issues including instructional design, course craft, adult learning styles, student–teacher interaction, and strategies for building a community of learners. Discussing how distance learning enables students of all...

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Teach Beyond Your Reach: An Instructor's Guide to Developing and Running Successful Distance Learning Classes, Workshops, Training Sessions, and More

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Overview

Taking a practical, curriculum-focused approach, this guide for both new and experienced distance educators allows them to develop and deliver quality courses and training sessions. Providing practices and examples, and surveying the tools of the trade, this fully updated and revised edition covers key issues including instructional design, course craft, adult learning styles, student–teacher interaction, and strategies for building a community of learners. Discussing how distance learning enables students of all kinds to earn college and graduate degrees, professional certificates, and a wide range of skills and credentials, this book details the rapidly expanding role of distance learning in higher education and the types of organizations that now offer Web-based training courses and teleseminars to their employees, clients, and other associates.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937290382
  • Publisher: Information Today, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,207,591
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Robin Neidorf teaches writing and communications to adult students online through the University of Phoenix and teaches an online creative writing course through the University of Gävle in Sweden. She has provided research, training, and communications consulting through her company, Electric Muse, and is the author of e-Merchant: Retail Strategies for e-Commerce. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

About the Website ix

Introduction: Those Who Can, Teach 1

Becoming a Teacher 1

Why Write This Book? 2

My Experiences With Distance Learning 3

But What Exactly Is Distance Learning? 5

Who Should Read This Book? 2

How This Book Is Organized 7

Content Overview: It's All About Interaction 8

Those Who Can, Teach… Beyond Their Reach 11

Chapter 1 New Tools of the Trade 13

Who Chooses Your Tools? 15

Common Distance Learning Platforms 16

Effective Educational Components 18

Flexible Combinations: Blended Learning 31

Right Tool, Right Place: A Few Sample Approaches 32

A View to the Future 35

Chapter 2 What to Expect When You're Expecting Students 41

Understanding Adult Learners 42

Attitudes Toward Education 46

Learning Styles 48

Generational Differences 54

The End-Game: Motivation and Learner-Centered Experiences 57

Adult Learners Need 59

Now Let's Build a Course 61

Chapter 3 Content, Part I: Instructional Design 63

What Is Instructional Design? 63

General Instructional Design Principles 64

Distance Learning Design Particulars 74

Putting the "Process" in the Design Process 78

Crafting a Topic Syllabus 79

Chapter 4 Content, Part II: Development 85

Get It in Writing 87

Where to Begin? 87

A Quick Peek at the End Result 88

Activities First 90

Core Content Development 93

Build on Core Content With Discussion and Activities 97

Instructional Events 98

Challenges Unique to Distance Instruction 100

Special Considerations for Digital Platforms 105

Take a Deep Breath and Jump 108

Beta Testing 109

Budgeting Time 111

Chapter 5 Time to Go to Class 113

Strive for Predictability 114

Be Prepared 117

Plan for the Inevitable 117

Train the Students to Your Expectations 118

Be Responsive 120

Hold Office Hours 123

Foster Dialogue 124

Repeat Yourself 125

Provide Timely Feedback 125

Model Your Expectations 126

Manage Conflict 127

Be Resourceful 128

Create Culture 129

Best Practices for Asynchronous Classrooms 130

Best Practices for Synchronous Classrooms 133

Beyond the Classroom: Accept Feedback 136

Easy Does It-And Enjoy! 138

Chapter 6 Individual Learners 141

It's All About Them 142

Getting to Know You 142

Being Proactive and Reactive 144

Enabling Customization 146

Motivating Your Students 146

Being Resourceful 155

Providing Feedback 156

Grading 157

Respecting Privacy 158

It's Not Easy to Have Relationships 159

Chapter 7 Creating a Community of Learners 163

Logistics and Psychology 163

Face to Face? 165

Building on the Classroom Environment 165

Group Work 167

Getting Them Talking: Stages of me Teaming Process 170

Peer Evaluation 174

Making Magic 175

Counterforces to Black Magic 175

Communication x Time x Outcomes = Community 176

Chapter 8 Beyond the Formal Classroom 179

Informal Learning Opportunities 181

Adapting Your Style 185

Why Bother? 187

Avoiding Common Errors 188

Chapter 9 Distance Learning as a Collaborative Enterprise 191

Roles and Responsibilities 192

Shared Understanding of Goals 196

The Big Picture 197

Distance Learning Is in Beta 200

About the Author 203

Index 205

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