Cases on Online Learning Communities and Beyond: Investigations and Applications

Cases on Online Learning Communities and Beyond: Investigations and Applications

Harrison Hao Yang (State University of New York at Oswego, USA) and Shuyan Wang (The University of Southern Mississippi, USA)
Release Date: July, 2012|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 501
ISBN13: 9781466619364|ISBN10: 1466619368|EISBN13: 9781466619371|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1936-4


Technology-enriched online settings provide new ways to support lifelong learning. Learners can interact with other learners, gain from their experiences, and then construct their own knowledge, be it through Google Docs, online collaborative communities, YouTube, wikis, or blogs.

Cases on Online Learning Communities and Beyond: Investigations and Applications provides a variety of essential case studies which explore the benefits and pedagogical successes of distance learning, blended learning, collaborative learning environments, computer-supported group-based learning, and professional learning communities. This casebook is an essential resource for educators, instructional designers, trainers, administrators, and researchers working in the areas of online learning and distance learning.

Topics Covered

  • Blended Learning
  • Collaborative learning environments
  • Computer-Supported Group-Based Learning
  • Course Management Systems
  • Digital Literacy
  • Distance Education
  • Lecture Capture Learning Tools
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Social Networks and Web 2.0
  • Teacher Education

Reviews and Testimonials

This book constitutes an impressive reference work for online teaching and learning. Yang and Wang have compiled twenty articles from forty-seven educators and researchers in ten countries, covering topics as diverse as academic integrity in online learning to choosing the best learning management system. Simply the enormity of the information can be intimidating. However, its clear organization and intuitive structure help teachers navigate its pages with relative ease.

– John D. Swope, Ashland Theological Seminary. Teaching Theology and Religion

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Table of Contents
Harrison Hao Yang, Shuyan Wang
Harrison Hao Yang, Shuyan Wang
Chapter 1
Michele T. Cole, Daniel J. Shelley, Louis B. Swartz
Universities are experiencing continued growth in the demand for online course offerings. Increasingly, students expect convenience and ready... Sample PDF
Academic Integrity and Student Satisfaction in an Online Environment
Chapter 2
Robyn Hulsart, Vikkie McCarthy
This case study outlines issues with student academic integrity in an online undergraduate program and explains how faculty can play an important... Sample PDF
Opportunities for Enhancing Ethical Climates in Online Courses: Best Practices for Reducing Student Cheating
Chapter 3
Elvis Mazzoni, Pietro Gaffuri, Patrizia Selleri
This chapter presents an empirical study involving first-year students enrolled in the Faculty of Psychology (University of Bologna), who are... Sample PDF
Is It Better to be Alone or in Company?: The Impact of the Structural Profile of Interpersonal Skills on Computer-Supported Group-Based Learning
Chapter 4
Janette Hughes, Lorayne Robertson
In this chapter, the authors focus their attention on the case studies of three beginning teachers and their use of digital storytelling in their... Sample PDF
The Power of Digital Literacy to Transform and Shape Teacher Identities
Chapter 5
Xiaojun Chen, Jea H. Choi, Ji Hyun Yu, Timothy Newby
This chapter describes a peer-led community of teaching assistants. The aim is to illustrate ways in which peer-led mentored training enables the... Sample PDF
The Teaching Assistants’ Community of Practice Facilitates Undergraduate Online Learning in a Blended Course
Chapter 6
Faith Maina, Marcia M. Burrell
University educators are often faced with the challenging task of equipping both pre-service and in-service teachers with the knowledge, skills, and... Sample PDF
Attitudes towards Diverse Learners: A Hybrid Technology Course for Secondary School Mathematics Pre/In-Service Teachers
Chapter 7
Rita Gravina, Helena Pereira-Raso
Collaboration is an important aspect of how our world functions today and an element at the core of rich learning opportunities. The role of... Sample PDF
Technology: A Tool for Creating Collaborative Learning Environments
Chapter 8
Jorge Reyna
It has been determined that students at the School of Education, University of Western Sydney (UWS) are widely spread throughout the Greater Western... Sample PDF
Google Docs in Higher Education
Chapter 9
Jennifer Munday
This chapter describes a case where learning and assessment were centered on the use of an online blog for sharing ideas; logging progressive... Sample PDF
Using Blogs to Journal, Document, and Create Community
Chapter 10
Michael P. Menchaca, Ellen S. Hoffman, Curtis P. Ho
Researchers such as Deutsch and Nicholson (2006) have proposed authentic assessment as a means to connect learning with practice and develop a... Sample PDF
Authentic Assessment through an Online Professional Conference: Barriers and Affordances
Chapter 11
Susan Vajoczki, Susan Watt
This case examines the incremental introduction of lecture-capture as a learning technology at a research-intensive university with the goal of... Sample PDF
Lecture Capture as a Tool to Enhance Student Accessibility: A Canadian Case Study
Chapter 12
Zafer Unal, Aslihan Unal
In the current market space there are many commercially available Course Management Systems (CMS) from which to choose, such as BlackBoard and... Sample PDF
Choosing the Right Course Management System for Distance Education Courses
Chapter 13
Kumar Sunil, M. K. Salooja
This case study focuses on the usage of Web as a delivery mode for open and distance learning programmes in India. It describes the designing and... Sample PDF
Using Web for Delivery of Open and Distance Learning Programmes: A Case Study for Introspection
Chapter 14
Irja Leppisaari, Riina Kleimola, Markus Maunula, Tuula Hohenthal
Working life should be more actively integrated in higher education as a partner in education design. The e-Learning of the Future project... Sample PDF
Constructing a Working Life-Oriented Model for Online Course Modernization
Chapter 15
Jennifer L. Strohecker, Wendy Athens
The core instructional objective was a behavior change: Clinicians must ask patients about HDS use when taking a medical history and document this... Sample PDF
Design of an Online Continuing Education Module: Herbal and Dietary Supplements Impact Warfarin Safety and Efficacy
Chapter 16
Christie L. Suggs, Vanessa Paz Dennen, Jennifer B. Myers
As synchronous distance education classes increase in number, the need for understanding how turn-taking occurs in this environment can help... Sample PDF
Juggling Channels and Turn-Taking in a Dual Channel Synchronous Class: A Conversation Analysis Approach
Chapter 17
Chareen Snelson
This chapter presents a case study of the author’s work developing and teaching an online course called YouTube for Educators, which is offered as... Sample PDF
Teaching a YouTube™ Course Online
Chapter 18
Swapna Kumar, Johanna Kenney, Vasa Buraphadeja
The use of peer feedback is a strategy for online educators to facilitate collaboration among students and increase critical reflection. Through the... Sample PDF
Peer Feedback for Enhancing Students’ Project Development in Online Learning
Chapter 19
Michelle McAnuff-Gumbs, Katherine Verbeck
Were coaches exposed to key PLC concepts? Were they engaged in crucial processes? Was a viable training model used? The study indirectly affirms the... Sample PDF
Toward a Model of Multi-Level Professional Learning Communities to Guide the Training and Practice of Literacy Coaches
Chapter 20
Peter Bergström
This chapter reports on a research project in which a group of students in pre-school teacher education participated in an educational intervention... Sample PDF
Didactical Design for Online Process-Based Assessment in Teacher Education: Making the Informal Formal
About the Contributors

Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Harrison Hao Yang (Ed.D., Florida International Univeristy, 1996) is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at State University of New York at Oswego, USA. His research specialties include assessment and e-folios, distance/flexible education, information literacy, Information Technology diffusion/integration, learning theories, issues and trends on vocational-technical education, and Web/learning communities. Dr. Yang is the recipient of State University of New York (System-wide) Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009, and SUNY Oswego President’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2006.
Shuyan Wang (Ph.D., Ohio University, 2004) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education at The University of Southern Mississippi, USA. Her research interests include technology integration into teaching and learning, technology integration into EFL classroom, distance learning, e-learning, assessment, and electronic portfolios. Dr. Wang has many publications in the format of books, book chapters, and journal articles. She has conducted large number of presentations at local, national, and international conferences.