Finding Your Online Voice offers a thought-provoking discussion of innovative approaches to technology-based distance education. Editor J. Michael Spector focuses on how highly experienced teachers conceptualize and organize online classes. Best practices and guidelines for effective online teaching as well as a set of instructor skills specific to online learning environments are featured in the volume. Distinguished researchers recount stories from a richly detailed, personal viewpoint on topics such as:
*teaching orientations and philosophies;
*approaches to learning and instruction;
*orientation to and uses of technology;
*models and methods of technology-based teaching; and
*reflections and self-assessments.
This work is appropriate for professors, students, and professional practitioners working in the areas of distance education and educational technology. It is intended as a primary resource in courses on technology integration.
"Giving practical advice, researched knowledge, and firsthand experience to the online educator, Finding your online voice shows how the teacher-student, one-on-one relationship can be fostered and maintained, even when connected only by keyboards that are many miles apart." – Nancy Berger, Technical Communication, Volume 55, Number 4, November 2008
Contents: D.P. Ely, Foreword. J.M. Spector, Preface. J.M. Spector, Competencies for Online Teachers. B. Collis, J. Moonen, The Contributing Student: Philosophy, Technology, and Strategy. J. Visser, Online Learning for Better or for Worse? A Reflective View. S. Naidu, M. Menon, C. Gunawardena, D. Lekamge, S. Karaunanayaka, How Scenario-Based Learning Can Engender Reflective Practice in Distance Education. Z. Berge, Motivate and Manage: Key Activities of Online Instructors. D.K. LaPointe, Pursuing Interaction. L. Visser, Online Teaching Experiences in Higher Education: Obstacles and Opportunities. B. Grabowski, How Does a Teacher Minimize Cost and Maximize Benefits of Online Interactions? W. Savenye, Interaction: The Power and Promise of Active Online Learning. R. Sims, B. Bovard, Using Elaborations of Online Presence to Foster Critical Thinking and Reflection. V.P. Dennen, A Chorus of Online Voices: Reflections on the Future of Online Instruction.