1st Edition

Teaching the Humanities Online: A Practical Guide to the Virtual Classroom
A Practical Guide to the Virtual Classroom

ISBN 9780765620828
Published November 19, 2014 by Routledge
224 Pages

USD $46.95

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Book Description

This practical guide is essential for anyone new to or intimidated by online instruction. Drawing on the expertise of teachers of the humanities who have deep experiences in the online environment, this work explores a variety of areas within the online teaching experience. It discusses the differences between online and face-to-face learning environments and assesses and evaluates best practices in developing and teaching online courses. This volume is not really about the technology, but instead focuses on the ways in which available technologies can be used to enhance teaching in both synchronous and asynchronous forums, and as such it will still be worth the read many years from now—even in the face of rapid technological change.  Contributions from faculty members teaching in art education, communication, English, history, social studies education, and interdisciplinary studies departments, as well as directors of writing centers and online education and distance learning programs are included.  Essays in this volume will assist instructors, faculty members, and administrators new to the online experience, but who want to learn more about making the transition to online teaching, in navigating this transition gracefully. 


Table of Contents


Introduction: The Future Is Now Steven J. Hoffman

1. Before We Begin: Preparing to Teach Online Khadijah O. Miller

2. Reducing Distance in Online Classes Lisa M. Lane

3. Using Electronic Courseware: Lessons for Educators Sharmila Pixy Ferris and Maureen C. Minielli

4. Making Course Management Systems Work Lisa M. Lane

5. Blended Classrooms: Hybridity, Social Capital, and Online Learning Peter Sands

6. Facilitating Interaction in the Online Environment Michelle Kilburn

7. Using Social Networking Applications in Online Teaching Allen C. Gathman and Mary Harriet Talbut

8. Redirecting Discussion: Challenges Related to the Social Aspects of Online Educational Environments Melanie L. Buffington

9. Easier Than It Looks: Using Web Resources in the Humanities Daryl E. Fridley

10. Assessing Student Learning Online Martha Henckell

11. Creating an Environment of Faculty Involvement Steven J. Hoffman

12. If the Future Is Now, What Is Next? Five Trends Affecting the Future of Online Education David J. Staley

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