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Building Online Learning Communities. Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom. Edition No. 2

  • ID: 2218170
  • Book
  • July 2007
  • 320 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Building Online Learning Communities further explores the development of virtual classroom environments that foster a sense of community and empower students to take charge of their learning to successfully achieve learning outcomes. This is the second edition of the groundbreaking book by Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt and has been completely updated and expanded to include the most current information on effective online course development and delivery. A practical, hands-on guide, this resource is filled with illustrative case studies, vignettes, and examples from a wide variety of successful online courses. The authors offer proven strategies for handling challenges that include:
  • Engaging students in the formation of an online learning community.
  • Establishing a sense of presence online.
  • Maximizing participation.
  • Developing effective courses that include collaboration and reflection.
  • Assessing student performance.

Written for faculty in any distance learning environment, this revised edition is based on the authors many years of work in faculty development for online teaching as well as their extensive personal experience as faculty in online distance education. Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt share insights designed to guide readers through the steps of online course design and delivery.

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List of Exhibits.

Preface to the Second Edition.


The Authors.

PART ONE: The Learning Community in Online Learning.

One: When Teaching and Learning Leave the Classroom.

Online Issues and Concerns.

Students Online.

Making the Transition and Establishing Presence.

The Search for Knowledge and Meaning in the Online Classroom.

Putting the Pieces Together.

New Approaches, New Skills.


Two: Recontextualizing Community.

The Importance of Community.

Community Online.

The Element of Social Presence.

Coalescence and Belonging Online.

Recontextualizing Community.

Community in the Virtual Classroom.

Participation and Desired Outcomes in the Online Classroom.

Three: The Human Side of Online Learning.

The Need for Human Contact.

Connectedness and Coalescence.

Shared Responsibility, Rules, and Norms.

Roles and Participation.

Shadow Issues: The Issues We Simply Don't Want to Face.

Other Psychological Issues.

Ritual as the Psychological Expression of Community.

Spiritual Issues.

Culture and Language Issues.

Vulnerability, Ethics, and Privacy.

Final Thoughts.

Four: Practical Considerations in Online Learning.

About Time.

Group Size.

Cost and Other Administrative Issues.

Online Security.

Five: Managing the Relationship to Technology.

The Relationship of Person to Machine.

Technology as a Facilitative Tool.

Excuse Us, We Are Now Experiencing Technical Difficulties.

Six: Moving Teaching and Learning Online.

Effective Teaching and Learning in the Online Classroom.

Roles and Functions of the Instructor in the Online Classroom.

The Role of the Learner in the Learning Process.

The Hybrid Course and Online Community.

Moving to Specifics.


Seven: Building Foundations.

Creating an Effective Course Design.

Constructing the Online Course Site.

If You Build It, Will They Come?

Final Thoughts.

Guiding Questions to Assist in Building an Effective Course Syllabus.

Evaluating an Effective Online Course.

Eight: Promoting Collaborative Learning.

Formulating a Shared Goal for Learning.

Problems, Interests, and Experiences as Springboards for Learning.

Dialogue as Inquiry.

Encouraging Expansive Questioning.

Sharing Responsibility for Facilitation.

Promoting Feedback.

Intergroup and Other Forms of Collaboration.

Final Thoughts.

Guiding Questions to Promote Collaborative Learning.

Nine: Transformative Learning.

The Process of Transformative Learning in the Online Classroom.

Learning About Learning Through the Use of Technology.

Creating Opportunities to Encourage Reflection on the Differences.

Learning About Technology by Using It.

Encouraging Questions and Comments About the Technology.


Final Thoughts: We Are the Experts When It Comes to Our Own Learning.

Guiding Questions to Promote Transformative Learning.

Ten: Student Assessment and Course Evaluation.

Assessment and Evaluation Basics.

Student Performance.

Course Evaluation.

Program Evaluation.

Final Thoughts.

Questions to Consider in Student, Course, and Program Evaluation.

Eleven: Lessons Learned and a Look Ahead.

The Six Essential Elements.

The Essence of Online Learning: Community.

Unresolved Issues and Unanswered Questions.

Lessons Learned and a Look to the Future.

Extending Community Beyond the Classroom.

Implications for Instructor Training.

APPENDIX A: Examples of Course Syllabi.

APPENDIX B: Glossary of Terms Used in Online Learning.

APPENDIX C: Internet Resources for Distance Education.



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Rena M. Palloff Crossroads Consulting Group.

Keith Pratt Crossroads Consulting Group.
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