A pioneer in the development of synchronous learning theories and platforms, Finkelstein catalogs real–time learning venues, describes good practices for facilitating synchronous learning, and offers examples to demonstrate how real–time techniques can enhance student learning. While each chapter considers the academic context of faculty members looking to incorporate such interaction, the book will also be a valuable resource to instructional designers, trainers, tutors, advising staff, librarians, and anyone involved in professional development, course design, or providing student support services.
Learning in Real Time is the fourth book in the Jossey–Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning series, which offers concrete and practical resources to help higher education practitioners meet the challenges of the online learning environment.
"Good instruction is all about people. Learning in Real Time focuses on people, relationships, and the power of human dialog. Instructors, learning technologists, and administrators will benefit from Finkelstein′s commentary and common sense."
Diana G. Oblinger, vice president, EDUCAUSE
"Jam–packed with extremely practical strategies and well–crafted activity ideas, Learning in Real Time goes well beyond the tools and deftly focuses on the process of effective live online learning and collaboration. Anyone teaching, presenting, coaching, or collaborating online will end up with a marked–up, highlighted, and dog–eared copy of this book parked next to their computer."
Alan Levine, The New Media Consortium (NMC)
"Finkelstein′s real–world guidance on real–time learning advances the cause of quality instruction online and offline. This book represents an important contribution to the field."
Deborah L.G. Hutti, associate vice president for educational services, Lake Land College
About the Author.
1 Learning, Live Online.
Synchronous Interaction Across the Learning Continuum.
Needs Served by Synchronous Interaction.
The Synchronous Compact.
Indicators for Real–Time Online Learning.
Learner Skills Developed and Assessed Live Online.
2 Real–Time Learning as Good Practice.
Contact Between Students and Faculty.
Cooperation Among Students.
Time on Task.
Diverse Talents and Ways of Learning.
3 Tools for Learning in Real Time.
Live Audio and Video Tools.
Content, Display, and Other Interactive Tools.
4 Real–Time Learning Venues.
A Moving Target.
Multi–user Virtual Environments.
Virtual Reference, Tutoring, and Help Desks.
Virtual Offices and Virtual Meeting Rooms.
Webcasting or Broadcasting.
In–class Online Aids.
5 Facilitating Learning in Real Time.
Be a Good Host.
Inflate a Bubble of Concentration.
Be a Ringmaster.
Use Virtual Body Language.
Rely on Others: You Are Not Alone.
Use the Synchronous Dashboard.
Be Prepared and Manage Crises.
6 Real–Time Online Learning Activities.
Paired Partners or Dyads.
Guest Appearances and Co–hosts.
Live Blogging and Cclogging.
Expeditions and Virtual Training Labs.
Multiple Venue Productions or Presentations.
Further Reading and Related Web Sites.
Ten Common Misconceptions About Synchronous Instruction.
Scheduling Synchronous Interaction.
Buyer s Guide: Questions to Ask When Considering a Synchronous Tool.