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Essentials of Online Teaching


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Acknowledgements Foreword About the Authors Introduction to this Guide i.1 The Distinction Between Course Design and Teaching i.2 A Unique Guide for Online Teaching 1.3 Who Will Benefit from this Guide? i.4 A Standards-Based Approach i.5 Organization of the Book i.6 Chapter Features i.7 Terminology 1. Orientation to Online Teaching 1.1 Evolution of Online Education 1.2 A Spectrum of Online Course Models 1.3 The Online Environment 1.4 Attributes of Online Teaching and Learning 1.5 Online Teaching Responsibilities 1.6 Example: Overview of a Week Online 1.7 Time Expectation for Teachers 1.8 Summary and Standards References and Further Reading 2. Factors that Influence Online Teaching 2.1 Online Teaching 2.2 Online Learners 2.3 Course Content and Learning Objectives 2.4 The Online Environment and the Tools Used 2.5 The Mission and Priorities of the Host Institution 2.6 Influences in Action: Sample Course 2.7 Summary and Standards References and Further Reading 3. Teaching with Digital Tools and Resources 3.1 Supporting Learning with Digital Resources and Tools 3.2 Communicating with Students 3.3 Sharing Resources with Students 3.4 Assessing and Grading Student Learning 3.5 Creating Collaborative Resources 3.6 Beyond the LMS 3.7 Summary and Standards References and Further Reading 4. Preparing to Teach Online 4.1 Planning Your Teaching 4.2 Defining the Course's Timeframe 4.3 Setting the Stage for Interaction 4.4 Preparing Course Materials 4.5 Establish Procedures for Technical failures 4.6 Summary and Standards References and Further Reading 5. The Beginning Weeks: Launching an Online Course 5.1 Helping Students to Work in the Environment 5.2 Encouraging Communication 5.3 Building Self-Directed Learning Skills 5.4 Reflective Teaching: Learning as You Go 5.5 Summary and Standards References and Further Reading 6. The Middle Weeks: Facilitating Online Learning 6.1 Guiding Students Through the Plan 6.2 Humanizing the Online Environment 6.3 Gathering Information About Your Students' Progress 6.4 Improving Your Course 6.5 Example of the Course Improvement Strategy in Action 6.6 Summary and Standards References and Further Reading 7. The Ending Weeks: Synthesizing and Extending Learning 7.1 Helping Students to Reach the Finish Line 7.2 Promoting Self-directed Learning 7.3 Reviewing and Synthesizing Learning 7.4 Concluding the Course 7.5 Summary and Standards References and Further Reading 8. Online Collaboration 8.1 Weighing the Benefits and Drawback of Collaboration 8.2 What Makes a Good Collaborative Discussion? 8.3 What Makes Successful Group Work? 8.4 Summary and Standards References and Further Reading 9. Online Assessment 9.1 Communicate a Clear Assessment Plan 9.2 Gather a Variety of Information about Students' Learning 9.4 Provide Ongoing Feedback 9.5 Share Responsibility for Providing Feedback 9.6 Guard Against Cheating and Plagiarism 9.7 Summary and Standards References and Further Reading 10. Pulling It All Together: An Online Teacher in Action 10.1 The Teacher and the Course 10.2 Factors that Influence Online Teaching 10.3 Digital Tools and Resources 10.4 Preparing to Teach Online 10.5 The Beginning Weeks 10.6 The Middle Weeks 10.7 The Final Weeks 10.8 The Essentials of Online Teaching 10.9 Summary and Standards References and Further Reading Appendix A: Using the Standards Checklist Index

About the Author

Margaret Foley McCabe works with universities and other institutions to provide quality online programs through her consulting company, GoodTeachingOnline.com. She launched her first online faculty development program for The New School in 1994. Patricia Gonzalez-Flores promotes teaching innovation at the Department of Educational Development and Curriculum Innovation of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. For more than 25 years, she has participated in distance education initiatives in both corporate and academic contexts.


"With the exhilarating yet confusing rush of virtual learning possibilities, educators at all levels need a fresh understanding of the online environment to make strategic choices for their students. Any professional crafting an online learning experience will improve the quality of their teaching and ensure powerful results with their learners by reading this masterwork by McCabe and Gonzalez-Flores. They have laid out a practical menu of options for decision-making, addressing teaching standards, meaningful assessments, use of synchronous and asynchronous time, online interactions, and the monitoring of learner progress. This book will provide essential support for the contemporary educator."

--Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Ed.D., Author, President, Curriculum Designers, Inc.

"This book provides a clear and thorough guide to all aspects of online teaching, including course design, student engagement, support, collaboration, and assessment. Novice and expert alike will benefit from the synthesis of research knowledge and practical experience presented here. Meticulously researched with many practical examples from across a range of content areas and pedagogical approaches, Essentials of Online Teaching makes a compelling case that the principles of good teaching--suitably integrated into the online environment--can provide for powerful educational experiences. This guide shows you how."

--Robert V. Steiner, Ph.D., Director, Online Teacher Education Programs, American Museum of Natural History, USA.

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