E-Moderating: The Key to Teaching and Learning Online

E-Moderating: The Key to Teaching and Learning Online

E-Moderating: The Key to Teaching and Learning Online

E-Moderating: The Key to Teaching and Learning Online

Synopsis

Professor Gilly Salmon has achieved continuity and illumination of the seminal five stage model, together with new research-based developments, in her much-awaited third edition of E-Moderating - the most quoted and successful guide for e-learning practitioners.

Never content to offer superficial revisions or simple "solutions" against the pace of technological advances, the expanding interest and requirements for online learning, and the changes they have wrought, E-Moderating,Third Editionoffers a richness of applied topics that will directly impact learners and teachers of all kinds. The book is carefully crafted and supported with evidence, examples, and resources for practical guidelines, making it potentially transformational for all practitioners.

E-Moderating, Third Edition includes:

  • updates of literature, key terms, case studies and projects
  • fresh examples of the use of the five stage model around the world, at different levels of education and across disciplines
  • guidelines for moderating for podcasting and virtual worlds
  • illustrations from the latest All Things in Moderation development programmes (www.atimod.com)
  • new resources for practitioners
  • a companion website: www.e-moderating.com.

Excerpt

E-moderators are the new generation of teachers and trainers who work with learners online. Earlier editions of this book have ‘struck a spark’ and helped make the online world a creative, happy, productive and relevant place for successful learning. in this expanded and revised third edition my aim is to bring readers up to date with recent exciting changes in that world, and our growing knowledge and excellent online practice.

Human use of computing is vast and growing. Networked technologies such as the internet and the World Wide Web have been called ‘transforma tional’ because of their wide-ranging impact. Electronic networking creates communi cations across terrestrial boundaries, across cultures and on a global scale. Concepts of space and time are changing, and of how and with whom people can collaborate, discover communities, explore resources and ideas and learn.

Computer Mediated Communication and its collaborative sister, Computer Mediated Conferencing (CMC), actually arrived before the internet and the World Wide Web became widely available. cmc encouraged teachers to challenge perceived and received wisdom and practice about learning online and to reflect on their experiences. Computer mediation has become so much part of our everyday lives now, that in this book I just call it a place ‘Online’.

In this book, I call attention to the mediator, or e-moderator, in online learning processes. Successful online learning depends on teachers and trainers acquiring new competencies, on their becoming aware of its potential and on their inspiring the learners, rather than on mastering the technology.

Investigating the use of online has many facets and aspects. Web utopians once predicted virtual schools, colleges and universities with very low-cost learning and truly effective ‘any time, any place’ student interaction. They said . . .

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