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Learning in Real Time. Synchronous Teaching and Learning Online. Edition No. 1. Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning

  • ID: 2218083
  • Book
  • August 2006
  • 176 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Learning in Real Time is a concise and practical resource for education professionals teaching live and online or those wanting to humanize and improve interaction in their online courses by adding a synchronous learning component. The book offers keen insight into the world of synchronous learning tools, guides instructors in evaluating how and when to use them, and illustrates how educators can develop their own strategies and styles in implementing such tools to improve online learning.
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Preface vii

About the Author xiii

1 Learning, Live Online 1

Synchronous Interaction Across the Learning Continuum 2

Needs Served by Synchronous Interaction 3

The Synchronous Compact 5

Indicators for Real-Time Online Learning 7

Learner Skills Developed and Assessed Live Online 11

2 Real-Time Learning as Good Practice 15

Contact Between Students and Faculty 16

Cooperation Among Students 18

Active Learning 21

Prompt Feedback 23

Time on Task 26

High Expectations 28

Diverse Talents and Ways of Learning 30

3 Tools for Learning in Real Time 33

Text-Based Tools 34

Live Audio and Video Tools 36

Content, Display, and Other Interactive Tools 40

4 Real-Time Learning Venues 49

A Moving Target 50

Chat Rooms 50

Instant Messenger 54

Multi-user Virtual Environments 55

Virtual Reference, Tutoring, and Help Desks 56

Virtual Offices and Virtual Meeting Rooms 57

Virtual Classrooms 58

Interactive Webcasting 59

Webcasting or Broadcasting 61

In-class Online Aids 63

5 Facilitating Learning in Real Time 65

Be a Good Host 66

Inflate a Bubble of Concentration 68

Be a Ringmaster 69

Use Virtual Body Language 75

Rely on Others: You Are Not Alone 84

Use the Synchronous Dashboard 86

Be Prepared and Manage Crises 91

6 Real-Time Online Learning Activities 99

Magnetic Brainstorms 100

Stone Soup 103

Solo Fishbowls 107

Paired Partners or Dyads 111

Cracker Barrels 113

Guest Appearances and Co-hosts 118

Live Blogging and Cclogging 121

Expeditions and Virtual Training Labs 126

Multiple Venue Productions or Presentations 129

Additional Resources 133

Further Reading and Related Web Sites 133

Ten Common Misconceptions About Synchronous Instruction 135

Scheduling Synchronous Interaction 140

Buyer’s Guide: Questions to Ask When Considering a Synchronous Tool 143

References 147

Index 151

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Jonathan E. Finkelstein
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