Sunday, February 10, 2008

Building Online Learning Communities

Recently I read Building Online Learning Communities. It was one of the best books that I had ever read about effective online course development. I believe that you should read this book while you develop your Moodle skills.

Knowing how to use Moodle does not mean that you will be a good online instructors. The fact that you are a good face-to-face instructors does not mean that you will be a good online instructors. I believe that this book is unique and I encourage you to read it.

Furthermore, this book explores the development of virtual classroom environments that foster a sense of community and empower students to take charge of their learning to successfully achieve learning outcomes. This is the second edition of the groundbreaking book by Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt and has been completely updated and expanded to include the most current information on effective online course development and delivery. A practical, hands-on guide, this resource is filled with illustrative case studies, vignettes, and examples from a wide variety of successful online courses. The authors offer proven strategies for handling challenges that include:

  • Engaging students in the formation of an online learning community.
  • Establishing a sense of presence online.
  • Maximizing participation.
  • Developing effective courses that include collaboration and reflection.
  • Assessing student performance.

Written for faculty in any distance learning environment, this revised edition is based on the authors' many years of work in faculty development for online teaching as well as their extensive personal experience as faculty in online distance education. Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt share insights designed to guide readers through the steps of online course design and delivery.

Read Excerpt: Chapter (PDF)
Read Excerpt: Table of Contents (PDF)
Read Excerpt: Index (PDF)

About the Authors:
Rena M. Palloff, Ph.D., and Keith Pratt, Ph.D. are the managing partners of Crossroads Consulting Group. They are the authors of Building Learning Communities in Cyberspace, Collaborating Online, Lessons from the Cyberspace Classroom, and The Virtual Student, all from Jossey-Bass.


onlineeducation said...

Each one has different capabilities and skills and that’s the reason why a huge range of techniques is used in the classroom to try and encourage people to learn. However, who is to say that the thinking behind this theory cannot be applied to ways of learning as well as methods? In fact, it has been applied to different ways of learning with the invention of online universities and colleges. Instead of compelling an individual to sit in the class every day and learn, any individual can now sit at home and learn however and whenever he or she wants. As far as personal choice is concerned, online education wins hands down, but when you look at the benefits and advantages of offline education you see that the contest between the two is not quite as clear cut!

Christopher Pappas said...

I agree with you. Actually, I believe that an "average online course" is better than a "good face-to-face course". The think is that in online education we should have some standards and keep them high! Do you have any blog. I would love to read your thoughts! Christopher

avanthi said...

Thanks for the suggestion.I will surely go through this learning has got the option of time selection and so I think it one of the most appreciated form of learning.