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Online Learning: Strategies for K-12 Teachers

Online Learning: Strategies for K-12 Teachers

by Wayne Journell
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As online learning continues to become more prominent in K-12 education, it will be important that teachers are knowledgeable about both the potential of online learning and the challenges associated with moving curricula online. This book, written by a former secondary online teacher who now teaches online instructional methods to practicing K-12 teachers, addresses those challenges and offers practical, research-based approaches to creating successful online learning experiences. Both novice and experienced K-12 teachers will benefit from the author’s strategies for creating engaging, learner-centered instruction in an online format. This book is unique from other practitioner-oriented books on online learning in that it focuses exclusively on adolescents’ experiences with online instruction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475801415
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 08/22/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 138
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 Years

About the Author

Wayne Journell is an assistant professor of education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His research interests include social studies pedagogy and online instruction in K-12 contexts.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Tina L. Heafner

Online Learning in Secondary Education: Proceeding With Caution
Why Secondary Teachers Should Consider Online Education
My Motivation for Writing This Book
Structure of the Book

A (Brief) History of Distance Education in the United States
Online Learning in American Higher Education
Who Takes Online Courses in Higher Education, and How Have They Fared?
Where Did K-12 Online Learning Come From?
What We Currently Know About K-12 Online Learning
What Can We Learn From Research on K-12 Online Education?

Chapter One: Creating a Proper Infrastructure for Online Learning
Making the Move Online
How to Choose Which Courses Are Best Suited for Online Learning
Providing Students With Choices and Helping Ensure Their Success
Synchronous Versus Asynchronous Communication
Choosing a Learning Management System
Additional Infrastructure Issues Related to Online Courses

Chapter Two: Course Development
How to Create a Solid Course Structure
Establishing Effective Instructional Design in Online Courses

Chapter Three: Assessing Student Learning Online
How to Maximize the Power of the Internet
Tips for Creating Reliable and Accessible Assessments
Creating a Course Calendar for Assignments
Effective Online Assessments
Tips for Staying Organized While Grading
Providing Feedback Online

Chapter Four: Building Community in Online Courses
Teacher and Student Perceptions of Social Interaction Online
Strategies for Building Classroom Community
Fostering Relationships Between Teachers and Students

Chapter Five: Creating Substantive Asynchronous Discussions
A Case Study of Asynchronous Communication in a K-12 Online Course
Factors Leading to Unproductive Discussions
Lessons Learned

Chapter Six: Where Do We Go From Here?
The Importance of Online Professional Development
Creating Online Learning For All
Addressing Technological Inequities
Final Thoughts


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