The Virtual Student: A Profile and Guide to Working with Online Learners (A Josey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series) / Edition 1

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The Virtual Student is an essential resource for online educators working with students in higher education and training settings. The authors offer an overview of the key issues of student online learning and provide a practical guide to working with online students. The book covers a broad range of topics including learning styles, multicultural issues, evaluation, retention, and the challenging problems of plagiarism and cheating.

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"…an especially useful resource…" (Teaching Theology and Religion)

"The Virtual Student deserves a spot on every university educator's bookshelf." (University Business, August 2003)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787964740
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/24/2003
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education S
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rena M. Palloff is a core faculty member at Capella University in the School of Education and adjunct faculty at the Fielding Graduate Institute. Keith Pratt is core faculty in the School of Education at Capella University and also teaches at the Fielding Graduate Institute. Palloff and Pratt have been appointed to the faculty of the Center for Excellence in Education and are managing partners of Crossroads Consulting Group. They are the authors of Building Learning Communities in Cyberspace and Lessons from the Cyberspace Classroom, both from Jossey-Bass.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, and Exhibits.


About the Authors.


1. Who Is the Virtual Student?

2. The Student Side of Online Learning Communities.

3. Learning Styles.

4. Gender, Culture, Lifestyle, and Geography.

5. What the Virtual Student Needs 51


6. Designing a Good Student Orientation.

7. Time and Commitment.

8. Assessment and Evaluation.

9. Legal Issues and the Virtual Student.

10. Attrition, Retention, and Group Size.

11. Becoming Truly Learner-Focused: Best Practices in Online Teaching


Introduction to the Toolkit for a Successful Online Student.

Resource A: Faculty Tools.

Resource B: Student Tools.



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