2nd Edition

Best Practices in Engaging Online Learners Through Active and Experiential Learning Strategies

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after July 27, 2021
ISBN 9780367690946
July 27, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
120 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

USD $39.95

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Book Description

Best Practices in Engaging Online Learners Through Active and Experiential Learning Strategies, second edition, is a practical guide for all instructors, instructional designers, and online learning administrators developing, teaching, and leading online, hybrid, and/or blended learning courses and programs who want to provide supportive, engaging, and interactive learner experiences. This book explores the integration of active and experiential learning approaches and activities including simulations, gamification, social media integration, project- and scenario-based learning, virtual tours, and online micro-credentialing as they relate to the development of authentic skill-building, communication, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills in learners.  New and emerging learning technologies of virtual and augmented reality along with artificial intelligence are included in this updated second edition with examples of how they can be used in online courses to actively engage learners in experiential experiences. Readers will find guidelines for the development of participatory peer-learning, competency-based learning, field-based and clinical experiences, and service learning opportunities in the online classroom. In addition, the authors provide effective learning strategies, discipline specific examples, templates and additional resources that align learner engagement with assessment practices and course outcomes.

Table of Contents

1. Online Learner Engagement: Beyond the Traditional Discussion Board  2. Real-World Connections: Field-based Experiences, Civic Engagement Opportunities and Simulations  3. Project- and Scenario-Based Learning: Virtual Labs, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual and Augmented Reality  4. Staying Connected: Gamification and Social Media  5. Building Social Presence: Participatory and Peer-Learning Opportunities  6. Assessment Practices: Evaluating Active and Experiential Learning

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Stephanie Smith Budhai is an Associate Professor in the School of Education and Human Services at Neumann University, USA. She holds a Ph.D. in Learning Technologies from Drexel University, has over a decade of online teaching experience, and is certified in Instructional Technology, Technology Education, and Information Technology. 

Ke’Anna Brown Skipwith is the Assistant Provost for Advances in Learning at Wentworth Institute of Technology, USA. She earned a M.S. in Learning Technologies from Drexel University, Ed.D from Northeastern University, and has over a decade of experience implementing online learning practices and strategies into the curricula that elevate the student learning experience. 


"As educators power forward in a new era of virtual learning that challenges our teaching prowess and effectiveness, it is increasingly vital to the future of online education that we equip ourselves as learning leaders. Best Practices in Engaging Online Learners Through Active and Experiential Learning Strategies, 2nd Edition, is rich with brilliant, essential, and applicable teaching techniques to enrich our students’ learning outcomes in a new era of virtual education."

—Lilian Ajayi-Ore, Chief Learning Officer and University Faculty at New York University School of Professional Studies, USA.

"This book is a treasure trove of creative, technology-rich teaching ideas that would be beneficial to any educator—in-person or online, new or veteran. The authors seamlessly weave together research, theory, and practice to showcase what is possible when teaching with current and emerging technologies in online settings. Each chapter is chock-full of activity ideas, links to digital tools and resources, and subject-specific examples. I highly recommend this new edition to any educator looking to design innovative, student-centered active learning experiences.

—Torrey Trust, Associate Professor of Learning Technology in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies in the College of Education at University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

"Best Practices in Engaging Online Learners Through Active and Experiential Learning Strategies, 2nd Edition offers a unique and fresh perspective on how instructors can create authentic and dynamic learning experiences for all online learners. This book is a must-read for new and experienced online teachers for its practical suggestions on fostering high-quality interactions in online environments, regardless of the discipline or cohort of students. Filled with strategies for using real-world contexts to create meaningful and engaging activities for students, this book is a rare treat for those instructors seeking to take their teaching to a new level of practice and community!"

—Molly Mott, Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies at the State University of New York at Canton, USA