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Continuing to Engage the Online Learner: More Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction

ISBN: 978-1-118-23544-7
176 pages
July 2012, Jossey-Bass
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This book includes a definitive model for engaged learning that can be applied in a wide range of on-line learning environments and across age levels.  It also addresses current topics such as engaging in a blended learning environment, social networking, and using related technology tools. Continuing to Engage the Online Learner provides an introduction to the theory of engaged learning and its design, assessment, and management in online and blended learning environments. In addition, the book describes the types of activities that engage the online learner in each phase of engagement and provides 50 new examples of activities.
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Tables, Figure, and Exhibit vii

Preface ix

The Authors xiii

PART O N E : Revisiting Online Engagement 1

1. The State of Online Engagement 3

Foundations of Engagement 4

Engagement in Today’s Online Learning Environment 6

Impact of Social Networking and Connectivism 7

Increasing Transformational Learning 8

The Twenty-First-Century Learner 9

The Engaged Educator 10

Instructor’s Role and Philosophy 10

Creating a Sense of Presence 11

Mobile Technology 12

Summary 13

2. Evolution of the Phases of Engagement 14

Phase 1: Connect 15

Phase 2: Communicate 17

Phase 3: Collaborate 18

Phase 4: Co-Facilitate 19

Phase 5: Continue 20

Appropriate Activities 20

Summary 22

3. Implementing the Phases of Engagement 24

Online or Blended? 25

Engaging Large Classes 26

Managing Engagement 28

Timely Communication 29

Instructor Time Management 31

Changing Course 32

Online Educator’s “Bill of Rights” 33

Dealing with Diffi cult Students 34

Summary 34

4. Assessing Online Engaged Learning 36

Developing a Written Assessment for Online Engaged Learning 37

Developing a Performance Assessment for Online Engaged Learning 38

Grading 40

Providing Feedback 46

Technology to Use for Assessment 46

Phase-Based Assessment 47

Using Assessment to Improve Engagement 47

Summary 49

PART TWO: Activities to Engage Online Learners 51

5. Phase 1 Activities: Connect 53

Ten-Question Hunt 56

Bucket List 57

Dream Job 58

E.T., Phone Home 59

Four Nouns 60

Hot Potato 62

Life Without . . . 64

Location, Location, Location 65

Movie or Song of Your Life 66

Passion 67

Rainbow 68

Untidy Timeline 69

Would You Rather . . . ? 71

6. Phase 2 Activities: Communicate 73

100 . . . 150 76

Five Words 77

Boolean Search 78

Elevator Talk 79

Focused Listening 80

Let’s Explore Lingo 81

Online Resource Time Travel 83

Reading a Brief 85

Reincarnation 87

Uh-Oh! 89

7. Phase 3 Activities: Collaborate 90

Build Your Own Search Engine 93

Building a Better Keyboard 96

Group Wiki 99

Hot Air Balloon 101

Reverse Brainstorm 102

Student-Powered Ning Blogging 103

Team Kickoff 106

Vegetables 107

Virtual Lounge 108

Vlogs Are Us 110

Whine and Cheese Party 113

8. Phase 4 Activities: Co-Facilitate 114

Course Vocabulary Bank 117

Facilitating Diversity Online 119

Factoids 121

Google Docs for Peer Evaluation 124

Online Role-Play 126

Virtual Dining Meeting 129

9. Phase 5 Activities: Continue 130

Cloud Quilt 133

Concept Quilt 135

Dollar Store 136

Do Over 137

Job Interview 138

Lessons Learned 139

Lessons Meet Application 140

Poem from the Mind of . . . 141

Poetry Meets Theory 143

Show Me the Money 145

Talk with Grandmother 147

Virtual Door 148

References 149

Index 152

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Rita-Marie Conrad is the instructional strategist and technologist for the Institute for Educational Excellence at Duke University. She has been an online faculty member and consultant on the design of online courses for nearly two decades. A frequent presenter on the topic of online design and interaction, she is also coauthor of The Online Teaching Survival Guide published by Jossey-Bass.

J. Ana Donaldson is an online educator and consultant and a contributing faculty member for Walden University in their online Ph.D. Educational Technology program. She consults on instructional design and program evaluation and has presented numerous workshops on using technology with engaged learning.

Conrad and Donaldson are the authors of Engaging the Online Learner, the best-selling book in the Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning series.

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