The Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning Come to Life
The OTL Online Community draws from the experience of the authors and readers of the Jossey-Bass guide books on Online Teaching and Learning. If you have not already registered for the OTL 2010 Online Conference, we encourage you to sign up today. Each OTL 2010 online conference registrant will be sent their choice of any three guide books in the Jossey-Bass OTL series. OTL 2010 the only online conference of its kind to provide an instant library.
The OTL series helps higher education professionals improve the practice of online teaching and learning by providing concise, practical resources focused on areas or issues they might confront online.
Added Bonus: OTL 2010 online conference participants also receive a coupon for an additional 25% discount on all Jossey-Bass books written by OTL 2010 conference presenters.
If you participated over the last three years or already have some of the books, this a great way to add to your library and interact with the authors in the series and with colleagues around the globe! The eight books in the OTL series — from which all conference registrants can choose to receive 3 at no extra charge — include:
- Assessing the Online Learner: Resources and Strategies for Faculty
by Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt
- Learning Online with Games, Simulations, and Virtual Worlds: Strategies for Online Instruction
by Clark Aldrich
- Using Wikis for Online Collaboration: The Power of the Read-Write Web
by James A. West and Margaret L. West
- Engaging the Online Learner: Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction
by Rita-Marie Conrad and J. Ana Donaldson
- Conquering the Content: A Step-by-Step Guide to Online Course Design
by Robin M. Smith
- Learning in Real Time: Synchronous Teaching and Learning Online
by Jonathan Finkelstein
- Collaborating Online: Learning Together in Community
Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt
- Exploring the Digital Library: A Guide for Online Teaching and Learning
by Kay Johnson and Elaine Magusin Fabbro
Written by Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt, experts in the field of online teaching and learning, this hands-on resource helps higher education professionals understand the fundamentals of effective online assessment. It offers guidance for designing and implementing creative assessment practices tied directly to course activities to measure student learning. The book is filled with illustrative case studies, authentic assessments based in real-life application of concepts, and collaborative activities that assess the quality of student learning rather than relying on the traditional methods of measuring the amount of information retained.
Higher education institutions are increasingly delivering content online, but the content is often not sufficiently engaging. Learning Online with Games, Simulations, and Virtual Worlds provides a simple and practical guide to identifying when and what kind of games, simulations, and virtual environments should be used, how to get them, how to deploy them, and how to measure their effectiveness. Using frameworks, tips, case studies, real examples, and resources, this cutting-edge tool will help faculty members and instructional designers comfortably use games, simulations, and virtual environments to enhance learning.
How can online instructors and course designers’ instruction harness the popular Web 2.0 tool, the wiki, for successful collaboration and learning outcomes? This book focuses on using wikis in the active learning processes that are the hallmark of collaborative learning and constructivism. It provides both the pedagogical background and practical guidelines, tools, and processes for accomplishing these goals with special emphasis on wikis and other collaborative design tools. This book supports the effective design and delivery of online courses through the integration of collaborative writing and design activities.
Engaging the Online Learner includes an innovative framework—the Phases of Engagement—that helps instructors become more involved as knowledge generators and cofacilitators of a course. The book also provides specific ideas for tested activities (collected from experienced online instructors across the nation) that can go a long way to improving online learning. Engaging the Online Learner offers the tools and information needed to: convert classroom activities to an online environment and use online activities in a classroom-based course; assess the learning that occurs as a result of collaborative activities; phase-in activities that promote engagement among online learners; help online learners use online tools; build peer interaction through peer partnerships and team activities; create authentic activities; and implement games and simulations.
Conquering the Content provides a highly-practical blue-print for course development and content presentation for web-based courses. While providing guidance for incorporating learning theory into online courses, this book primarily furnishes online instructors with the practical templates, learning guides, and sample files to construct and manage their course content. Unlike other books about online instruction that cover theories of teaching and learning, instructional design, or even graphic design this book gives the “how to” of preparing an online course by focusing on content. The much needed step-by-step guidance in this book will result in fully formed courses where high-quality content is the central feature.
Learning in Real Time is a concise and practical resource for education professionals teaching live and online or those wanting to humanize and improve interaction in their online courses by adding a synchronous learning component. The book offers keen insight into the world of synchronous learning tools, guides instructors in evaluating how and when to use them, and illustrates how educators can develop their own strategies and styles in implementing such tools to improve online learning.
Collaborating Online provides practical guidance for faculty seeking to help their students work together in creative ways, move out of the box of traditional papers and projects, and deepen the learning experience through their work with one another. Authors Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt draw on their extensive knowledge and experience to show how collaboration brings students together to support the learning of each member of the group while promoting creativity and critical thinking. Collaborating Online is the second title in the Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning. This series helps higher education professionals improve the practice of online teaching and learning by providing concise, practical resources focused on particular areas or issues they might confront in this new learning environment.
Exploring the Digital Library addresses the key issue of library services for faculty and their students in the online learning environment. Written by librarians at Athabasca University, a leading institution in distance education, this book shows how faculty can effectively use digital libraries in their day-to-day work and in the design of electronic courses.