Learning Online: A Guide to Success in the Virtual Classroom

Learning Online: A Guide to Success in the Virtual Classroom

Learning Online: A Guide to Success in the Virtual Classroom

Learning Online: A Guide to Success in the Virtual Classroom

Synopsis

Whether taking classes in school, college or university, or in a corporate training setting, it is likely that learners will be expected to do at least part of their studies via the computer. This book provides realistic guidelines to ensure their success in the virtual learning environment.From detailing tools such as WebCT and Blackboard, to overcoming personal barriers to success in distance learning, this handy text deals with issues that readers of any age, stage or situation are likely to encounter by:* demystifying terms and concepts common to online learning* addressing issues of online ethics such as netiquette, plagiarism and software piracy* offering practical advice on interacting effectively online, submitting assignments and doing research* furnishing numerous links to Web pages and other resources for further study and research.The author offers serious and humorous anecdotes to help readers avoid the pitfalls and capitalize on opportunities that will help them become a successful online student.Current and prospective online learners will greatly benefit from this practical book filled with clear, detailed assistance for learning online.

Excerpt

The proper artistic response to digital technology is to embrace it as a new window on everything that's eternally human and to use it with passion, wisdom, fearlessness, and joy.

(Ralph Lombreglia, 'The right mix', The Atlantic Unbound, 4 June 1998)

Shaping our world - living and learning with technology

Technology is a tool that is affecting the way we work, play and communicate. From simple tools like can openers and magnifying glasses to complex machines like computers and jet airliners, technology can help in our work and give us more ways to keep in touch with friends and family. Technology is changing our lives; it's up to us to decide how to use it, how to make it work for - rather than against - us.

Tools that use technology, useful gadgets, and disposable items surround us, entertain us, provide useful services, and make our lives easier. We can do things every day that would have been considered impossible (or perhaps magical) not so long ago. The modern woman is able to awake precisely at 5:45 am to an electronic buzzer, a favorite radio station, a CD, or even recorded sounds of birds, the ocean, or a rainforest. Her home, cool during sleep hours, is warm and coffee is already brewing in the electronically programmed coffeepot. A quick flick of the remote control tunes the television to the local morning news where she can get a weather report while deciding what to wear for the day. After getting dressed, she may login to her personal computer, connect to the Internet, and check her email, review a calendar of appointments and projects planned for the day, and check her stock portfolio. All of these Internet resources have been configured

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