An Overview of Online Learning, Second Edition by Saul Carliner

By Saul Carliner

If you’re brooding about utilizing on-line studying on your association, online studying becomes one in every of your maximum making plans assets. the writer explains on-line studying in basic language, defines simple phrases and ideas, and addresses 3 key issues while making plans an internet studying application: studying targets you could in achieving with on-line learning—many you can’t in achieving in a school room know-how you want to ponder whilst beginning or increasing an internet studying application undertaking matters linked to the profitable layout, improvement and supply of on-line studying You’ll research: How on-line studying compares to distance studying, e-learning, web-based education and computer-based education the right way to take care of the hot opportunities—and challenges—the machine imposes the adaptation among formal and casual studying three sorts of helping applied sciences easy methods to improve on-line studying fabrics The ebook contains a thesaurus of phrases and samples of on-line studying lesson designs and is full of examples, assets and recommendations to make sure your subsequent attempt is a hit.

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A computer that is capable of connecting to the Internet. • A browser. • Virtual-classroom software (learners generally use a limited version of this software and can download it from the instructor’s or the educational institution’s Web site). 24 An Overview of Online Learning • A microphone (optional), for speaking with the instructor (most groupware also includes chat software so that learners without a microphone can still communicate with the instructor). • Additional software for playing audio, video, and other types of specialized media (“plug-ins”).

Worksheets. • Interesting links. Organizations often provide tutors for online courses that learners take asynchronously. Tutoring might be available by telephone or e-mail. One institution even has “beeper” tutors: tutors are paged when a learner has a question, and must respond to the page within two hours. Because the learning has formally stated objectives and is supposed to yield specific results, the learning is said to be formal. This is not the case with online training. Also note that, although it is not technically online education, the most common use of online learning in higher education is to supplement classroom courses with course Web sites.

A Background One of the key challenges in developing online learning programs is to choose the technology that will help you develop them. To do so, you need to consider the following: What should the end product look like? Only with an image of the end product in mind can you best determine which tools you need to create that product. What are the components or building blocks of the learning program? Specifically, you would consider: • The material in each component. • The media used in each component.

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