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Making Sense of Online Learning: A Guide for Beginners and the Truly Skeptical

Making Sense of Online Learning: A Guide for Beginners and the Truly Skeptical

Patti Shank, Amy Sitze

ISBN: 978-0-787-96982-0

Apr 2004, Pfeiffer

192 pages

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If you need quick, targeted baseline knowledge about using technology for teaching and learning, Making Sense of Online Learning is for you. This practical, no-nonsense primer will help you understand how online learning technologies work and how they fit into your organization. You’ll gain a working knowledge of important topics such as design, infrastructure, and evaluation and the confidence to make informed decisions that will help your learners and organization thrive. Since information about online learning changes at Internet speed, the book is supported with a dedicated Web site ( filled with up-to-the-minute suggestions for tools and resources.
List of Tables and Figures.

Introduction: Getting the Most from This Resource.

Who Should Read This Book?

Who Should Not Read This Book?

Who Are the Authors?

How Is This Book Organized?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Taking the Leap.

What Is Online Learning?

Where Has Online Learning Come from and Where Is It Going?

When Does Using Technology for Learning Make Sense?

How Can I Tell Whether My Organization Is Ready?

What Is Good Online Learning?

What Skills Do I Need?

How Do I Stay Sane?


2. What About Learning?

What Is Learning?

What Is Instruction?

What Activities Should Be Included in Instruction?

How Do I Select Interactions and Activities?


3. The Language of Online Learning: How to Spell HTML.

How to Speak the Right Language.

What Are the Most Common Terms That Are Misunderstood by Folks New to This Field, and What Do They Mean?

New Terms and Technologies.


4. Designing for the Web.

Does Traditional Instructional Design Work for Online Learning?

How Do I Design with the User in Mind?

How Do I Make Things Easy to Find on My Site?

How Do I Make Sure the Site Is Easy to Navigate?


5. Tools and Technologies for Online Learning, Part 1: Development.

How Do I Build Online Learning?

What Are the Most Common Tools Used for Building Online Instructional Materials? What Do I Need to Know to Get Started?

What Are Some Technologies I Need to Know About?


6. Tools and Technologies for Online Learning, Part 2: Infrastructure.

What Is Learning Infrastructure?

What Tools Can I Use to Track Learners and Courses?

What Tools Can I Use to Keep Track of Online Content?

What Are Learning Objects, and How Do They Relate to Tracking and Managing Online Content?

What Are Learning Standards?


7. Evaluating Online Learning.

What Is Evaluation?

What Aspects of Online Instruction Should I Evaluate?

What’s the Difference Between Assessment and Evaluation?

How Do You Evaluate a Course or Program?

How Can You Evaluate Online Learning?





About the Authors.