Engaging the Online Learner: Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction

Engaging the Online Learner: Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction

by Rita-Marie Conrad, J. Ana Donaldson


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Conrad, a teacher and designer of online university courses, and Donaldson, (educational technology, University of Northern Iowa) present a framework of phases of engagement in online learning and provide specific ideas for activities that can be used in online courses. Activities are designed to promote engagement among online learners and build peer interaction through partnerships and team activities. The authors tell how to convert other classroom activities to an online environment, and explain how to assess the learning that occurs as a result of collaborative activities. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780787985097
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/11/2005
Series: Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning Series , #4
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 3.94(w) x 7.87(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

RITA-MARIE CONRAD has been teaching, designing, and consulting on online courses for nearly two decades. She consults on the design, implementation, and evaluation of online courses, and provides training to community college and university faculty. A frequent presenter on the topic of online instruction, she is also coauthor of The Online Teaching Survival Guide published by Jossey-Bass.

J. ANA DONALDSON retired as an associate professor of instructional technology from the University of Northern Iowa. She continues her love of teaching online by working part-time as a contributing faculty member for Walden University. She also provides instructional design and program evaluation consulting and has presented workshops on using technology to apply the principles of engaged learning.

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Table of Contents

The Authorsxiii
Part 1Constructing Activities to Engage Online Learners1
1Engaged Learning in an Online Environment3
Engaged Learning in the Online Environment6
Guiding Learners to Engage Online9
Appropriate Activities for Each Phase12
2Designing Online Engagement16
Adapting Classroom-Based Activities17
Meeting the Needs of Online Learners19
Choosing an Effective Communication Tool20
3Measuring Online Engaged Learning24
Analyzing the Quality of Critical Thinking25
Discussion Analysis Tools26
Team Assessments27
Reflective Self-Assessments31
Part 2Activities to Engage Online Learners35
4Learning to Use Online Tools37
Building Students' Skills in Using the Necessary Tools37
Skill-Building Activities to Try39
Skills Survey40
Drag and Drop41
Library Search42
I Can Find That43
Scavenger Hunt44
Syllabus Quiz45
5Online Icebreakers46
Characteristics of an Effective Icebreaker47
Icebreakers to Try48
Classmate Quiz50
Lost in Space52
Name That Movie53
One Word54
Room with a View56
Truths and Lies58
What Kind of Animal?58
Why Are We Together?59
6Peer Partnership and Team Activities60
Moving Dyads to Teams61
Peer Partnership and Team Activities to Try63
Contest of the Week64
Dyad Debate65
Group Contract66
How's My Driving?67
Medieval Shield69
Progressive Project70
Structured Chat71
Structured Discussion72
7Reflective Activities73
Characteristics of an Effective Reflective Activity74
Reflective Activities to Try75
Bumper Sticker77
Critical Insight78
I Didn't Know That79
More Words to Lead By81
Summary Words83
8Authentic Activities84
Characteristics of an Effective Authentic Activity85
Authentic Activities to Try86
Case Study87
Celebrity Chat88
Cross-Region Discussion89
Team Problem Solving90
Social Responsibility92
9Games and Simulations93
Characteristics of an Effective Game or Simulation94
Games and Simulations to Try95
Group Problem-Based Learning96
Jilligan's Island101
Virtual Field Trips104
10Learner-Led Activities106
Activities Led by Individuals Versus Teams106
Conveying Outcomes107
Choosing the Type of Activity107
Adequate Orientation and Planning Time107
What Do Learners Think About Learner-Led Activities?109
Examples of Learner-Led Activities110
Example 1111
Example 2112
Example 3114
Example 4118

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