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E-Learning Companion: A Student's Guide to Online Success / Edition 1

E-Learning Companion: A Student's Guide to Online Success / Edition 1

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WithE-Learning Companion,whenever you sit down at the computer, you will be armed with the strategies and techniques you need to master learning online. Filled with How To Tutorials, Hot Tips and online study strategies, this handy reference guide will show you how to be successful in your online coursework.

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ISBN-13: 9780618379705
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
Publication date: 01/28/2004
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ryan Watkins, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Educational Technology Leadership Program at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Watkins has also been a visiting researcher with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and has served as vice president representing the United States in the Inter-American Distance Education Consortium (CREAD). Besides the E-Learning Companion, Dr. Watkins has authored seven additional books, including 75 E-Learning Activities: Making Online Courses More Interactive (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2005); A Guide to Assessing Needs: Tools for collecting information, making decisions, and achieving development results (World Bank, 2012); and The Handbook of Improving Performance in the Workplace - Selecting and Implementing Performance Interventions (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2009). For more information, visit

Michael Corry, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Director of the Educational Technology Leadership Program at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Corry is intimately involved with the course design, delivery, and management of this pioneering program delivered via distance education. Dr. Corry's research interests include distance-learning theory, distance-learning policy, faculty development, asynchronous learning, the integration of technology into K-12 and higher-education settings, instructional design, and human-computer interaction. He has numerous publications and presentations related to his research interests, including Distance Education: What Works Well (Haworth Press, 2003), for which he was the lead editor. He has also designed and delivered faculty-development workshops involving technology. Dr. Corry holds a doctorate degree from Indiana University in Instructional Systems Technology. Before coming to George Washington University, he taught at Indiana University, as well as at the high-school level in Utah.

Table of Contents

About the authors. To instructors. To students. E-Learning readiness self-assessment. 1. SELECTING THE RIGHT OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUCCESS ONLINE. Increasing the Odds of Your Success. Be Realistic with Your Time. Review Distance-Learning Options. Consider the Timing. Balance Your Academic and Work Commitments. Balance Your Academic and Personal Commitments. Get Your Feet Wet: Take an Online Course of Personal Interest. Review Prerequisite Requirements. Verify Your Support Services. Summary. Chapter 1 exercise. Did you stay focused? 2. CREATE A PLAN FOR ONLINE SUCCESS. Planning for Online Success. Setting Realistic Expectations of Online Coursework. Common Misconceptions of Online Coursework. Clarifying Personal Expectations and Setting Goals. Building Comprehension Skills. Establishing Study Times. Creating an Effective Study Environment. Planning with Learning or Physical Disabilities in Mind. Familiarizing Yourself with the Course Design. Staying in Touch. Creating an Effective Plan. Summary. Chapter 2 exercise. Did you stay focused? 3. TECHNOLOGY TIPS FOR ONLINE STUDENTS. Tips for Before-Online Coursework Begins. Tips for Evaluating Online Resources. Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism and Copyright Violations. Tips for Online Security and Privacy. Timesaving Technology Tips. Tips for Accessibility. Tips for Managing Your Files. Tips for Using the World Wide Web. Tips for Downloading. Tips for Searching the World Wide Web. Tips for Choosing a Search Engine. Tips for Using Your Web Browser. Tips for Using Email. Tips for Using Microsoft Word. Tips for Using E-Books. Tips for Technology Support. Developing a Technology Contingency Plan. Summary. Chapter 3 exercise. Did you stay focused? 4. TIME MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES. Success Strategy One: Don't Procrastinate. Success Strategy Two: Don't Wait for Perfection. Success Strategy Three: Combine Activities. Success Strategy Four: Don't Expect Your Instructor to Always Be Online. Success Strategy Five: Keep to a Schedule Success Strategy Six: Use Your Free Time Wisely. Success Strategy Seven: Learn to Say No. Success Strategy Eight: Make Use of Technology. Success Strategy Nine: Manage the Time That You Spend Online. Success Strategy Ten: Know Your Studying Prime Times. Summary. Chapter 4 exercise. Did you stay focused? 5. DEVELOPING POSITIVE ONLINE RELATIONSHIPS. Online Relationships. Making a Good First Impression Online. Effective Online. Communications Tips. Staying Organized Online. Adding a Personal Touch. Attachment Etiquette. Getting to Know Your Instructor. Creating a Supportive Online Learning. Community. Summary. Chapter 5 exercise. Did you stay focused? 6. E-LEARNING VOCABULARY. Understanding the Basic Lingo. Checking Technology Requirements. Familiarizing Yourself with Required Hardware. Familiarizing Yourself with Required Software. Summary. Chapter 6 exercise. Did you stay focused? 7. MAINTAINING MOTIVATION IN AN ONLINE COURSE SELECTING COURSES. Finding an Application. Keeping Your Goals in Mind. Developing Your Motivational Support System. Visualizing Your Success. Communicating with Your Instructor. Being an Active Participant. Rewarding Yourself Throughout the Semester. Developing Healthy Habits. Summary. Chapter 7 exercise. Did you stay focused? Quick Reference Guide. How-To Tutorials. Glossary. References and Recommended Readings. Index.

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