Collaboration in Online Communications

Collaboration in Online Communications

Albert L. Ingram (Kent State University, USA) and Lesley G. Hathorn (Kent State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 5
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-198-8.ch045
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Collaboration and cooperation have become firmly established as teaching methods in face-to-face classes (e.g., Johnson, Johnson, & Smith, 1998). They are also rapidly becoming widespread in online teaching and learning in both hybrid (mixed traditional and online) course and distance courses. The methods are likely to be most effective if they are firmly grounded in how people actually work together. Some groups collaborate more successfully than others. Frequently, instructors may place students into groups in the expectation that they will collaborate without a clear idea of what collaboration is or how to recognize and encourage it. We must define what we mean by the terms, both so that we can use the techniques successfully and so that we can research them accurately. In addition, we must distinguish between groups in which people act independently from those who act collaboratively. As Surowiecki (2004) has pointed out, when all the results are aggregated, a large number of people acting independently may give a more accurate solution to a problem than an expert. Interdependent groups may often produce results inferior to the results obtained by their best-performing members or may be affected by a “groupthink” mentality.
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Collaboration and cooperation have become firmly established as teaching methods in face-to-face classes (e.g., Johnson, Johnson, & Smith, 1998). They are also rapidly becoming widespread in online teaching and learning in both hybrid (mixed traditional and online) course and distance courses. The methods are likely to be most effective if they are firmly grounded in how people actually work together. Some groups collaborate more successfully than others. Frequently, instructors may place students into groups in the expectation that they will collaborate without a clear idea of what collaboration is or how to recognize and encourage it. We must define what we mean by the terms, both so that we can use the techniques successfully and so that we can research them accurately.

In addition, we must distinguish between groups in which people act independently from those who act collaboratively. As Surowiecki (2004) has pointed out, when all the results are aggregated, a large number of people acting independently may give a more accurate solution to a problem than an expert. Interdependent groups may often produce results inferior to the results obtained by their best-performing members or may be affected by a “groupthink” mentality.

Some writers (e.g., Dillenbourg, Baker, Blaye, & O’Malley, 1996) distinguish between cooperation and collaboration. Cooperation, sometimes called “divide-and-conquer,” is defined as individuals in a group dividing the work so that each solves a portion of the problem. Collaboration is the interdependence of the individuals of a group as they share ideas and reach a conclusion or produce a product. If a group of students were given a story to write, its members could cooperate by each being assigned to write a portion of the story and then stitching the parts together. To collaborate, the students would discuss each part of the story, contributing ideas and discussing them until they reach consensus, and then write the story together. Individuals in cooperative groups may compete to produce the best portion of the project. Individuals in collaborative groups cannot compete against one another because they are accountable for the product as a group. Collaborative groups, by definition, share ideas and develop them into new products.

Some instructors use a hybrid technique that involves dividing the class into groups and assigning tasks to be done, with either the students or the instructor choosing the roles. The whole group is then graded on the outcome. Thus, the entire group is accountable for an individual’s efforts, and there is no provision for compensating for a slacker. If one participant fails to complete his or her task, then no one else can step in to complete it. This type of cooperation/collaboration may only provoke resentment and anger and, therefore, it should be avoided.

Collaboration places more challenging demands on individuals than cooperation. Readers actively construct mental representations of text (situational models) to understand situations and make predictions, using a combination of the information in the text and prior knowledge and beliefs (Kintsch, 1994). In a cooperative group, individuals only need to create an adequate situation model of the problem described to submit a solution. In a collaborative group, members must create a situation model and share it with the group. Each must also develop an understanding of the models of other participants so that the group can develop a shared solution.

To study collaboration, we must look closely at the patterns of communication within groups. This is easier to do with text-based online groups than with face-to-face ones, both because there is a permanent record of all interactions and because there are fewer variables in a text-based online discussion (which does not include intonations, facial expressions, and body language). Collaboration cannot occur unless there is roughly equal participation among group participants. Group members must actively respond to one another. If not, they may talk past one another, never reacting or changing as the discussion progresses. The product of the group must be a synthesis of ideas from all the group members. Without these three key characteristics, group interaction may be many things, but it is not collaboration.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Web-Based Discussion: An asynchronous discussion in which messages are placed on the Web under defined topics.

Synchronous Discussion: The immediate exchange of messages in real time. It is best used for sharing ideas and brainstorming.

Cooperation: Group effort characterized by individuals in a group dividing the work so that each member of the group completes a portion of the project.

Asynchronous Discussion: The exchange of information that occurs over a period of time. This discussion method allows for reflection and considered opinions.

Social Loafing: The tendency for some members of a group to do less work than others in a team task in which they are not individually accountable for the product.

Situation Models: The mental representation of text created by readers. It is based on information in the text as well as prior knowledge and experience.

Collaboration: Group effort characterized by members of a group working together to complete all aspects of a project, and all members of the group are jointly accountable for the finished product.

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Antonio Cartelli
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Chapter 55
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Chapter 58
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Chapter 60
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Chapter 61
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Chapter 62
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Constructing Technology Integrated Activities that Engage Elementary Students in Learning
Chapter 63
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Chapter 64
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Chapter 65
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Chapter 66
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Chapter 67
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Chapter 68
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Chapter 69
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Chapter 70
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Chapter 71
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Chapter 72
Cost-Effectiveness  (pages 498-504)
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Chapter 73
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Chapter 74
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Chapter 75
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Creating Positive E-Learning Experiences for Online Students
Chapter 76
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Chapter 77
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The rapid pace of technological change and development in the world has given those working in the field of online and distance education great... Sample PDF
Cross-Cultural Issues in Online Learning
Chapter 78
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Cybercells and the Integration of Actual and Virtual Groups
Chapter 79
Diane P. Janes
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Chapter 80
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With the availability of Internet and digital technologies, many universities are integrating new interactive media into course curricula, both to... Sample PDF
Designing a Distributed Learning Experience
Chapter 81
Dazhi Yang, Jennifer C. Richardson
The fifth annual report on online education in the United States revealed that nearly 3.5 million college students enrolled in at least one online... Sample PDF
Designing and Developing Online and Distance Courses
Chapter 82
Charles G. Graham, Stephanie Allen
The term “blended learning” is being used with increased frequency in academic publications and conferences, as well as in industry trade magazines... Sample PDF
Designing Blended Learning Environments
Chapter 83
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Designing Effective Computer-Based Learning Materials
Chapter 84
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Designing Instruction for Successful Online Learning
Chapter 85
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Chapter 86
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Chapter 87
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Chapter 88
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Chapter 89
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Chapter 90
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Chapter 91
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Chapter 92
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Chapter 93
Michelle Kilburn, Martha Henckell, David Starrett
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A Discussion of Online Learning and Pedagogical Frameworks
Chapter 94
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Chapter 95
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Chapter 96
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Chapter 97
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Chapter 98
Sven A. Normann, Diane E. Beck
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Chapter 99
Christine Bagwell
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Chapter 100
Caroline Howard, Richard Discenza, Murray Turoff
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Chapter 101
Boris Galitsky
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Distance Learning Rehabilitation of Autistic Reasoning
Chapter 102
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Universities offering studies through distance teaching methods vary enormously in how they were initiated, the clienteles they aim to serve, how... Sample PDF
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Chapter 103
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Chapter 104
Donald A. Hantula, Donald Spangenberg
Download delay, also known as “download time” and “tolerable wait time (TWT),” is the amount of time needed for instructional materials to appear on... Sample PDF
Download Delay, Tolerable Wait Time, and Online Learning
Chapter 105
Jared Bucker
Distance education has to compete for scarce resources within an educational institution. Not only does a distance education program compete against... Sample PDF
An Economic Model for Evaluating Costs and Benefits for Distance Education Programs
Chapter 106
Colette Wanless-Sobel
Avatar (abbreviated Av) in online educational gaming refers to a virtual self or agent who, immersed in a real-time distributed, synthetic... Sample PDF
Educational Gaming Avatars
Chapter 107
Robin H. Kay
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Chapter 108
Gary A. Berg
This overview briefly reviews the history of educational technology and surveys relevant learning theory. In order to understand fully... Sample PDF
Educational Technology and Learning Theory
Chapter 109
Adrienne A. Reynolds
The countries of the Middle East are undergoing rapid change in many areas, and the field of education is illustrative. This is particularly the... Sample PDF
Educational Technology in the Middle East
Chapter 110
Hsianghoo Steve Ching, Carmel McNaught, Paul W.T. Poon
This article will address several areas relating to online learning and technology. We will report on work done in the development of four models... Sample PDF
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Chapter 111
Jonathan Frank, Janet Toland
Innovations in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the development of global-knowledge- based economies are presenting... Sample PDF
The Effect of Cultural Differences and Educational Technology on Distance Education in the South Pacific
Chapter 112
Stuart S. Gold
The purpose of this study was to answer the question: Is the level of achievement of working adult students in an online class directly related to... Sample PDF
Effects of Computer-Mediated Communication
Chapter 113
Mahnaz Moallem
What does it mean when graduates of education systems are able to identify and solve problems, and make contributions to society throughout their... Sample PDF
The Efficacy of Current Assessment Tools and Techniques for Assessment of Complex and Performance-Based Learning Outcomes in Online Learning
Chapter 114
Graeme Salter
The use of online teaching in education is expanding at a rapid rate. Some may be tempted to view technology as an educational panacea (Herrington &... Sample PDF
E-Learning and M-Learning Problems
Chapter 115
Konstantinos Markellos, Penelope Markellou
Traditional teaching and learning methods have had to adapt to keep up with Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in modern society.... Sample PDF
E-Learning and Semantic Technologies
Chapter 116
Rosemary Du Mont
The global knowledge-driven economy is characterized by both structural and personnel changes that are driving new models of teaching and learning.... Sample PDF
E-Learning as Organizational Strategy
Chapter 117
E-Learning Design Quality  (pages 831-839)
Panagiotis Zaharias
A critical review of the literature was conducted which resulted in the formulation of an e-learning research agenda with a focus on quality and... Sample PDF
E-Learning Design Quality
Chapter 118
E-Learning in India  (pages 840-846)
Ramesh C. Sharma
Education is an essential tool for the economical and social development of a nation. Proper development of human resources is crucial to that. To... Sample PDF
E-Learning in India
Chapter 119
E-Learning Industry  (pages 847-854)
John Gordon, Zhangxi Lin
E-learning is the process of teaching and learning using electronic media, generally distributed over a network. For a thorough coverage of... Sample PDF
E-Learning Industry
Chapter 120
Caitriona Bermingham, Abdulhussain E. Mahdi
Due to lack of effective study and learning skills, most leaving certificate students who enroll in degree courses in Ireland find it difficult to... Sample PDF
E-Learning Study Skills Training Using Proven Pedagogies
Chapter 121
Ashok Banerji, Glenda Rose Scales
The key outcome of the current transition from the “old economy” to the “new economy” is the dramatic shift from investments in physical capital to... Sample PDF
Electronic Performance Support, E-Learning, and Knowledge Management
Chapter 122
Electronic Portfolios  (pages 870-876)
Katherine C. Wieseman
A view in teacher preparation increasingly reported in the literature is that electronic portfolios can present an educator’s achievement... Sample PDF
Electronic Portfolios
Chapter 123
Andrew Kitchenham
As a punishment from the Greek gods for his numerous trickeries, Sisyphus was condemned to roll an enormous rock up a hill for eternity. As he... Sample PDF
Electronic Portfolios in Teacher Education
Chapter 124
E-Mentoring  (pages 885-889)
Jamie S. Switzer
Colleges and universities are adept at teaching students in the academic sense. Often what is lacking in a student’s education is a thorough grasp... Sample PDF
Chapter 125
E-Moderating  (pages 890-897)
Gilly Salmon
In this article, the term “e-moderating” is used to capture the wide variety of roles and skills that the online teacher, lecturer, or trainer needs... Sample PDF
Chapter 126
Judith C. Simon, Jollean K. Sinclaire, Lloyd D. Brooks, Ronald B. Wilkes
The opportunities for students to take courses, and entire degree programs, online continue to increase, as many traditional colleges and... Sample PDF
Employers' Perceptions of Online Degree Programs
Chapter 127
Leslee Francis Pelton, Timothy Ward Pelton, Bob St. Cyr
The development and growth of the Internet has revolutionized not only the way we access information, but the way we present it as well. Prior to... Sample PDF
Enhanced Instructional Presentations and Field-Webs
Chapter 128
Monty McNair, Caroline Howard, Paul Watkins, Indira Guzman
Survival in the 21st century marketplace often depends on the creativity of organizational employees (Beckett, 1992; Hermann, 1993; Johnson, 1992;... Sample PDF
Enhancing Student Productivity Using a Creativity Tutorial
Chapter 129
Marcie J. Bober
Few would argue that teachers exposed to technologyfocused professional development are better prepared to effectively and systematically integrate... Sample PDF
Ensuring Quality in Technology-Focused Professional Development
Chapter 130
Enterprise Model  (pages 932-936)
Patrick R. Lowenthal, John W. White
Institutions of higher education find themselves in precarious times. First, they are being expected to do more with less; most public colleges and... Sample PDF
Enterprise Model
Chapter 131
Han-Chieh Chao, Tin-Yu Wu, Michelle T.C. Kao
As we enter the electronic age, technologies enabling e-learning have increased flexibility of learning location. Wireless communication... Sample PDF
Environments for Mobile Learning
Chapter 132
Kam Hou Vat
The potentialities of the information (or Internet) age have somehow exceeded many of our current calculations in education (Brown, 2000; Cornford &... Sample PDF
An E-Portfolio Scheme of Flexible Online Learning
Chapter 133
Som Naidu
This article discusses approaches for evaluating distance education activities. It comprises a framework for evaluation that is based on widely... Sample PDF
Evaluating Distance Education
Chapter 134
Kathleen D. Kelsey, James R. Lindner, Kim E Dooley
Systematic evaluation of distance-education programs is necessary for program improvement (formative) and accountability (summative). When... Sample PDF
Evaluating Online Programs
Chapter 135
Barbara J. Keinath
Accountability pressures on higher education have increased in recent decades (Dill, 1999; Garvin, 2000; Jacob & Hellström, 2003). Pressure for... Sample PDF
Evaluating Online Programs Using a BSC Approach
Chapter 136
Lesley Blicker
learning in higher education began at least a half-decade ago when Web-based distance education started expanding at an exponential rate.... Sample PDF
Evaluating Quality in the Online Classroom
Chapter 137
David B. Glick
The Internet and its applications have challenged policy makers in seemingly all areas of public life, and as one of the applications of the... Sample PDF
The Evolution of K-12 Online Learning Policy from a Void to a Patchwork
Chapter 138
Eileen I. Oliver
The evolution of composition pedagogy from teachercentered instruction to writing workshop and successful practices in online courses has been... Sample PDF
The Evolution of Online Composition Pedagogy
Chapter 139
Donna Dufner, Maryam Alavi, Caroline Howard
Three basic categories of technologies are effective for extending collaborative learning beyond traditional face-to-face interactions to online... Sample PDF
Evolving Technologies Supporting of Collaborative Learning
Chapter 140
Edward D. Garten, Donna K. Meyer
Virtual libraries, no longer a novelty, reflect the expectations of students in distance learning environments. The phenomenal growth of the... Sample PDF
Expanding Desktop Libraries
Chapter 141
Holly McCracken
Generally believed critical to facilitating multi-dimensional instructional experiences for participants in a range of educational environments (for... Sample PDF
Facilitating Connected Knowing Through Virtual Learning Communities
Chapter 142
Bonnie McCall Ordonez
Web-based courses have currently surpassed all other forms of distance education in the higher education field. One of the main reasons in growth is... Sample PDF
Facilitation of Web-Based Courses Designed for Adult Learners
Chapter 143
Catherine C. Schifter
Distance education is not new to higher education. Correspondence courses have served students since the 19th century. What is different today is... Sample PDF
Faculty Participation in Distance Education Programs
Chapter 144
Faculty Support Systems  (pages 1022-1026)
Jason D. Baker, Robert J. Schihl
One factor that has led institutions to develop online learning programs is the perception that they have lower production costs than campus-based... Sample PDF
Faculty Support Systems
Chapter 145
Anne H. Moore
Colleges and universities have been actively engaged in integrating technology in teaching and learning activities since the early 1990s. These... Sample PDF
A Framework for Assessing Technology-Assisted Learning Outcomes
Chapter 146
Harald Haugen, Bodil Ask
Four Norwegian higher educational institutions—the University Colleges at Agder, Stord/Haugesund, and Sør-Trøndelag, and the University in Trondheim... Sample PDF
From R&D Project to Virtual Universities
Chapter 147
Howard Strauss
The evolution of a few critical technologies has the potential to change the way teaching and learning is done is the near future. Among those... Sample PDF
The Future of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Chapter 148
Donna Wielbo, Ian Tebbett
Forensic science is the application of scientific principles to the legal process and the importance of such evidence in crime investigation has... Sample PDF
A Global Initiative in Forensic Education
Chapter 149
Agnes Kukulska-Hulme
Online collaborative learning emphasizes student activity and is associated with changes in perceptions of who is responsible for leading groups of... Sample PDF
Group Leadership in Online Collaborative Learning
Chapter 150
M. Haughey
In Canada, a country of vast landscapes, northern climates and relatively few people, the formal provision of education has always involved... Sample PDF
Growth of Online Schooling in Canada
Chapter 151
Athanasis Karoulis, Andreas Pombortsis
The rapid establishment of third-generation distance learning environments, the so-called Web-based or tele-teaching environments, is nowadays a... Sample PDF
Heuristically Evaluating Web-Based ODL
Chapter 152
High School Online Learning  (pages 1072-1078)
Renee Jesness
The question is not whether high school students should be taking online courses. It is whether they should get out of high school without taking... Sample PDF
High School Online Learning
Chapter 153
Irene Chen
Most of the distance-learning professional associations were founded in the 1990s, at a time when most Internet backbone speeds were T1 or slower.... Sample PDF
History of Distance Learning Professional Associations
Chapter 154
Yoram Eshet-Alkalai
The present paper presents an updated version of the holistic model of Eshet-Alkalai (2004), adding to it the real-time thinking skill. The paper... Sample PDF
A Holistic Model of Thinking Skills in the Digital Era
Chapter 155
Clarke J. Hickman, Cheryl L. Bielema, Stephen G. Viola
This article examines the impact of blended course design for early career teachers enrolled in a teacher certification program, and the resulting... Sample PDF
How Blended Teacher Education Courses Impact Learning in K-12 Settings
Chapter 156
Dan Baugher, Andrew Varanelli, Ellen Weisbord
The use of technology as a teaching tool, for example, self-paced programmed instruction, has a long history. However, developments in “high tech”... Sample PDF
Hybrid and Traditional Course Formats
Chapter 157
Nicoletta Sala
The rapid evolution of digital, networked multimedia technology such as the Internet, e-mail, and computer based and video conferencing can open new... Sample PDF
Hypermedia Modules for Distance Education and Beyond
Chapter 158
Evan T. Robinson
There has been a lot of change within pharmacy education over the past 15 years as schools and colleges of pharmacy, either independently or... Sample PDF
Implementing a Laptop Program within a College of Pharmacy
Chapter 159
Paul Wasko
On August 1, 2002, after over a year of discussion, design, and development, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) launched eFolio... Sample PDF
Implementing a Statewide Electronic Portfolio Infrastructure
Chapter 160
J. Bernardes, J. O’Donoghue
Kearsley (1998) writes that “technology is often seen as a quick fix, a siren song,” and warns that “educational technology is a distraction … from... Sample PDF
Implementing Learning Support Systems
Chapter 161
Diane E. Beck, Sven A. Normann
In the last decade, the number of courses using online learning has increased significantly and based on student demand; continued growth is... Sample PDF
Implementing Successful Online Learning Communities
Chapter 162
John B. Nash, Christoph Richter, Heidrun Allert
The call for the integration of program evaluation into the development of computer-supported learning environments is ever-increasing. Pushed not... Sample PDF
Improving Evaluations in Computer-Supported Learning Projects
Chapter 163
Carol A. Twigg
Every college and university in the United States (US) is discovering exciting new ways of using information technology to enhance the process of... Sample PDF
Improving Learning and Reducing Costs for Online Learning
Chapter 164
Gregg Asher
Although the lack of adequate funding is probably the most significant barrier to the effective infusion of technology (since bundles of money could... Sample PDF
Inadequate Infrastructure and the Infusion of Technology into K-12 Education
Chapter 165
Barbara A. Frey, Ashli Molinero, Ellen Cohn
Just as wheelchair ramps and elevators provide access to wheelchair users, good Web design provides “electronic curb ramps” to the Internet for... Sample PDF
Increasing Web Accessibility and Usability in Higher Education
Chapter 166
Werner Beuschel, Birgit Gaiser, Susanne Draheim
Learning environments increasingly become more diverse by the use of information technology. Thereby, the share of face-to-face situations between... Sample PDF
Informal Communication in Virtual Learning Environments
Chapter 167
Nicholas Bowskill
This article seeks to explore the potential of online communities to support and develop new professionaldevelopment practices around collaborative... Sample PDF
Informal Learning Projects and World Wide Voluntary Co-Mentoring
Chapter 168
Information Literacy  (pages 1178-1182)
Elaine Fabbro
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education defines information literacy... Sample PDF
Information Literacy
Chapter 169
Alan Pritchard
Williams (2001) points out that plagiarism in pupils’ school work is widespread and, perhaps more importantly, that it has been made significantly... Sample PDF
Information-Rich Learning Concepts
Chapter 170
Murray Turoff, Caroline Howard, Richard Discenza
What is happening to higher education? There is a search for increasing the effectiveness of learning and expanding educational opportunities by... Sample PDF
Innovation and Technology for 21st Century Education
Chapter 171
Jane E. Klobas, Stefano Renzi
While virtual universities and remote classrooms have captured the headlines, there has been a quiet revolution in university education. Around the... Sample PDF
Innovation in Web-Enhanced Learning
Chapter 172
Ioannis P. Chochliouros, George Heliotis, Anastasia S. Spiliopoulou, George Agapiou
Over the last years, the astonishing progress of modern telecommunication networks and the simultaneous spread of the Internet have brought about... Sample PDF
An Innovative E-Learning Platform for Vocational Training of European Local Police Forces
Chapter 173
Sherri Melrose
Educators in both traditional and online learning events have consistently recognized a link between teachers who demonstrate warm, friendly... Sample PDF
Instructional Immediacy Online
Chapter 174
Janet Lear
Instructor presence are words that call to mind a professor at the front of a classroom lecturing to a room full of students. Today the image... Sample PDF
Instructor Presence in Online Distance Classes
Chapter 175
The Intangibles  (pages 1220-1221)
Robert Downs
In Nowhere in Technology: All Children Left Behind, Thomas Wilson dissects the nature of a typical educator by saying, “Educators have always... Sample PDF
The Intangibles
Chapter 176
Mahesh S. Raisinghani, Cherie Hohertz
According to the U.S. Department of Education (1998- 1999), 78% of all four-year public institutions offer distance education courses. According to... Sample PDF
Integrating Library Services into the Web-Based Learning Curriculum
Chapter 177
Zippy Erlich
The development and emergence of new technologies in distance learning has opened a broad range of options for promoting learning. New technologies... Sample PDF
Integrating New Technologies to Promote Distance Learning
Chapter 178
Mary Bold
Interaction refers to the exchange of information between and among individuals in a distance learning (DL) environment, encompassing exchanges for... Sample PDF
Interaction in Distance Learning
Chapter 179
Adams Bodomo
At the beginning of the 21s t century, we are faced with an age of rapid technological development in information and communication. Issues of... Sample PDF
Interaction in Web-Based Learning
Chapter 180
Interactions Online  (pages 1259-1267)
Susan Wegmann
Success in online courses depends on quality interactions (Li & Akins, 2005; Shovein, Huston, Fox, & Damazo, 2005; Vrasidas, 2002). Interaction is... Sample PDF
Interactions Online
Chapter 181
Brian F. Fox
When considering higher education and distance and online learning, the topic of the digital divide continues to be both important and vexing. While... Sample PDF
Internet Access and Software Alternatives for Students on the Wrong Side of the Digital Divide
Chapter 182
Cynthia Gallatin
The Internet has changed the way we live and work as well as the way we are educating our next generation workforce. Technology-mediated distance... Sample PDF
Internet Marketing Techniques for Online Programs
Chapter 183
Diane D. Chapman
Formal university-based distance education has been around for over 100 years. For example, Cornell University established the Correspondence... Sample PDF
Introduction to Learning Management Systems
Chapter 184
Tim Bristol
This article highlights the issues that may arise when implementing online education in a developing country. In 2005, Faculté des Sciences... Sample PDF
Issues in Implementing Online Education in a Developing Country
Chapter 185
M. Gordon Hunter, Peter Carr
The essence of distance education is the physical separation of teacher and learner (Sauve, 1993). In many countries, universities are increasingly... Sample PDF
IT to Facilitate Distance Education
Chapter 186
Barbara Iannarelli
You are in a heated discussion with friends about the meaning and origin of a particular phrase. Someone uses his wireless computer to access the... Sample PDF
Just-in-Time Training (JITT) and its Implications for Teaching and Learning
Chapter 187
Anita Dorniden
Alternative options to the traditional school setting abound and threaten the survival of some school districts. These alternatives include, but are... Sample PDF
K-12 Schools and Online Learning
Chapter 188
Andrew Kitchenham
Since the first 1:1 laptop program was introduced in 1989 at the Ladies’ Methodist College in Australia (Johnstone, 2003), there have been numerous... Sample PDF
Laptops and Teacher Transformation
Chapter 189
Judith A. Russo-Converso, Ronald D. Offutt
The evolution of complex and distributed commerce requires the implementation of training design and development models that capture and mold the... Sample PDF
A Large-Scale Model for Working with Subject Matter Experts
Chapter 190
Deborah Petska, Zane Berge
As organizations race to increase their global market share, traditional face-to-face teams are evolving into virtual teams. Aided by swift advances... Sample PDF
Leadership Competency in Virtual Teams
Chapter 191
Sue Burke
We have all heard the saying, “Follow the Leader,” but what if there is none? When humans learn a new skill or idea, the tendency is to look to... Sample PDF
Leadership in Technology Integration
Chapter 192
Marc R. Robinson
The debate about learner perceptions of online courses can be divided roughly into two spheres: those that argue that learner perceptions are... Sample PDF
Learner Perceptions of Online Courses
Chapter 193
Hyo-Jeong So, Curtis J. Bonk, Robert A. Wisher
For the past decade, e-learning has emerged as a prominent delivery mechanism in educational settings. Now, it is not uncommon to find courses that... Sample PDF
A Learner-Centered Perspective on E-Learning
Chapter 194
Learning Management Systems  (pages 1355-1362)
Diane D. Chapman
E-learning has become a vibrant trend in technologyenhanced education. But the trend is not only with educational institutions. Business and... Sample PDF
Learning Management Systems
Chapter 195
Bosede Aworuwa, Robert Owen
A discussion of distance learning usually entails a wide range of instructional and learning activities, instructional delivery modalities, and... Sample PDF
Learning Outcomes across Instructional Delivery Modes
Chapter 196
Teresa Chambel, Nuno Guimarães
A learning style, or cognitive preference, is a consistent way of responding to and using stimuli in the context of learning. We can learn in many... Sample PDF
Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences
Chapter 197
Elizabeth Buchanan
Contemporary distance education has its roots in early forms of postal correspondence study but has evolved to sophisticated, technologically... Sample PDF
Library Services for Distance Education Students in Higher Education
Chapter 198
Debra A. Beazley, Riad Aisami, Elise L. Addison
For centuries, biologists have described the living world in terms of life cycles (Campbell & Reece, 2005; Quinn & Cameron, 1983; Lester, Parnell, &... Sample PDF
Life Cycle Challenges of Online Learning Support Systems
Chapter 199
Allyson Washburn, Terri Pedersen Summey
“The ACRL Guidelines for Distance Learning Library Services (2000) assert ‘access to adequate library services and resources is essential for the... Sample PDF
Marketing Library Services to Distance Learners
Chapter 200
Louis B. Swartz, Michele T. Cole, Daniel J. Shelley
To remain competitive, expand access to education, and meet the needs of students, institutions of higher education are offering larger numbers of... Sample PDF
Measuring Effectiveness in Online Instruction
Chapter 201
Michael Herbert
The criminal justice profession is increasing demands that university graduates have not only the requisite professional knowledge, but also the... Sample PDF
Meeting the Academic and Practical Needs of a Criminal Justice DL Program
Chapter 202
Gennaro Costagliola, Filomena Ferrucci, Vittorio Fuccella
Online Testing, also known as Computer Assisted Assessment (CAA), is a sector of e-learning aimed at assessing learner’s knowledge through... Sample PDF
Methods and Tools for Online Objective Testing
Chapter 203
Craig Kissock
When preparing for a race, the coach will advise, “Do not look back at your competition; look forward to your goal.” Educators integrating... Sample PDF
Millennium Teachers in a Global Context
Chapter 204
Kathy Enger
Throughout the literature on higher education, it has been shown that few minorities complete an undergraduate degree; even fewer complete master’s... Sample PDF
Minorities and the Online University
Chapter 205
Chris Houser, Patricia Thornton
Mobile devices such as laptop computers, PDAs (personal digital assistants), and cell phones offer many features useful for learning both inside and... Sample PDF
Mobile Educational Technology
Chapter 206
Boris Vilic
Mobile learning or “m-learning” is a relatively new learning modality in higher education and it refers to the delivery of educational content by... Sample PDF
Mobile Learning Implementation and Issues
Chapter 207
Amy J. Nelson
According to the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (1994), “Program evaluation is a systematic investigation of the worth of... Sample PDF
A Model for Evaluating Online Programs
Chapter 208
Cindy Beacham
Globalization of education has become a major focus of many universities and programs over the past several years. Providing international... Sample PDF
A Model for Global Distance Education Projects
Chapter 209
Audrey J. Styer
An understanding of learner motivation is important to all educators, particularly those teaching online where learners need to be more motivated to... Sample PDF
Motivating the Adult Learner Online
Chapter 210
Ramesh C. Sharma, Sanjaya Mishra
Around the world many communities have been constantly struggling to maintain their customs, traditions and language. Many communities have been on... Sample PDF
Multimedia as a Cross-Channel for Cultures and Languages
Chapter 211
James E. Novitzki
Distance education programs/courses in some format have been available to students since the 1840s. Throughout most of this time there has been... Sample PDF
Necessities for Effective Asynchronous Learning
Chapter 212
Thomas Lapping
As commonly defined, the “digital divide” means inadequate access to the Internet in urban or rural areas where telecommunications resources are... Sample PDF
The Need for a Well-Managed Technology Infrastructure
Chapter 213
Carl A. Raschke
While critics of the new computer-mediated learning styles utter jeremiads about the impending apocalypse of higher education in general... Sample PDF
The New "Space" of the University in the Digital Age
Chapter 214
Timothy Ward Pelton
Off-campus credit courses requiring substantial travel on the part of the instructor are often presented as a series of intense workshops (e.g., 36... Sample PDF
Normalizing an Off-Campus Course with Video-Conferencing
Chapter 215
Tony W. Day
Learner interactions in the traditional classroom setting fail to develop leadership skills (Felser, 2005). Interactions occur in four ways: 1)... Sample PDF
Online Collaborative Learning and Leadership Development
Chapter 216
Roy Rada, Heather Holden
Education is associated with standardization – determining how learning should occur and for what students, is the essence of education from the... Sample PDF
Online Education, Standardization, and Roles
Chapter 217
Jeanine E. Gangeness
Online instruction has been approached with caution by nursing. Concerns range from unfamiliarity with online pedagogy to the potential for... Sample PDF
Online Instruction as a Caring Endeavor
Chapter 218
Online Learner Expectations  (pages 1501-1505)
Gary W. Hawkins, Jason D. Baker
The rapid growth of online courses presents new opportunities and challenges for educational institutions. Thanks to online learning, increasing... Sample PDF
Online Learner Expectations
Chapter 219
Online Learning Community  (pages 1506-1511)
Michelle M. Kazmer
The study and implementation of online learning communities emerges from two approaches related to the idea of “community.” The first approach was... Sample PDF
Online Learning Community
Chapter 220
Johanna Lammintakanen, Sari Rissanen
The aim of this article is to provide an overview of university students’ experiences of online learning, based both on some previous empirical... Sample PDF
Online Learning Experiences of University Students
Chapter 221
Online Learning Teams  (pages 1519-1524)
Carla J. Thompson
Team player, a familiar expression in many educational and workplace environments, is also an important component of online learning environments.... Sample PDF
Online Learning Teams
Chapter 222
Online Mentoring  (pages 1525-1528)
Elizabeth Buchanan
The practice of mentoring has existed as long as civilization. Mentoring as a practice was noted in Homer’s The Odyssey, and a mentor, a word from... Sample PDF
Online Mentoring
Chapter 223
Sue Bennett
Collaborative learning has long been part of university study; for example, through group discussion, laboratory work in pairs and group projects... Sample PDF
Online Support for Collaborative Authentic Activities
Chapter 224
Joel M. Smith
The Open Learning Initiative (OLI) at Carnegie Mellon University is a new evolutionary form of eLearning that derives from a particular tradition in... Sample PDF
The Open Learning Initiative, Scientifically Designed and Feedback Driven eLearning
Chapter 225
Open Student Models  (pages 1541-1545)
Eshaa M. Alkhalifa
When a student makes an error, the instructor wonders what possible misconception caused that error (Self, 1990) and attempts to correct it through... Sample PDF
Open Student Models
Chapter 226
Zippy Erlich, Judith Gal-Ezer
The Open University of Israel (OUI) is a distance education institution with open admissions that offers academic studies to students throughout... Sample PDF
The Open University of Israel
Chapter 227
Gary A. Berg
The British Open University has been a leader in nontraditional higher education for years and has influenced the development of distance learning... Sample PDF
The Open University, United Kingdom
Chapter 228
Sarah Guri-Rosenblit
Distance teaching universities are often referred to as “open universities”, even if they are not called an “open university”. The use of the term... Sample PDF
Openness Dimension of Distance Teaching Universities
Chapter 229
Lawrence C. Ragan
Demand for online education continues to grow as technology provides viable methods for the delivery of a wide range of learning experiences. The... Sample PDF
Operational Performance Guidelines for Online Instructors
Chapter 230
Michael Hartoonian, Vivian Johnson
The millennium teacher is presented with two powerful conceptions. One is expressed in Pogo’s observation that “…we always seem to be confronted... Sample PDF
Opportunities and Opportunity Cost in Preparing Millennium Teachers
Chapter 231
Henryk Marcinkiewicz, Jennifer McLean
The process of organizing faculty for distance learning shares characteristics with planning for classroom instruction. It is necessary to... Sample PDF
Organizing Faculty for Distance Learning
Chapter 232
Al P. Mizell, Cecil Sugarman
We all know that technology has become a dominant force in today’s society for people of all ages. However, certain elements of society have less... Sample PDF
Overcoming the Digital Divide
Chapter 233
Eduardo Costa, Jamil S. Barbar, Reny Cury, Junia M. Rocha
The main negative criticism against distance learning is that laboratory work is an essential part of all branches of technology and natural... Sample PDF
Participation of Distance Learning Students in Experiments
Chapter 234
Michael Bieber, Jia Shen, Dezhi Wu, Starr Roxanne Hiltz
The Participatory Learning Approach (PLA, pronounced “play”) engages students as active participants in the full life cycle of homework, projects... Sample PDF
Participatory Learning Approach
Chapter 235
Partnerships  (pages 1597-1604)
Linda L. Baer, Ann Hill Duin
The rapidly changing environment in society is cause for higher education to reassess approaches to meeting educational needs. Many key factors are... Sample PDF
Chapter 236
Leone E. Snyder, Leonard L. Snyder
The recent, rapid growth of online higher education is well-documented. For example, Kiernan (August 8, 2003) mentions a U.S. Department of... Sample PDF
Part-Time Faculty Affiliation with the Virtual University
Chapter 237
Leslie Jarmon
Second Life® is a computer-based 3-D virtual world environment that is accessible over the Internet and that features massively user-created... Sample PDF
Pedagogy and Learning in the Virtual World of Second Life®
Chapter 238
Robert H. Woods, Jason D. Baker
Optimal learning outcomes, whether in face-to-face or online settings, are inextricably intertwined with the establishment of social networks among... Sample PDF
The Pedagogy of Social Development in Online Learning
Chapter 239
Riad S. Aisami
Generally, online courses intend to present a non-traditionallearning approach for non-traditional students. Working adults can achieve success in... Sample PDF
Planning and Teaching Online Courses
Chapter 240
F. Meena Lakhavani, Brian S.R. Bennett
For over a decade, videoconferencing has been developing as a key component of distance learning in a variety of subject areas (Wang, 2006;... Sample PDF
Planning for the Present and Future of Videoconferencing
Chapter 241
Kathleen P. King
Debuting as “audio-blogging” in September 2004, podcasting has evolved to a much more stalwart technology and a greater societal adoption (Geoghegan... Sample PDF
Podcasting as Mobile Learning
Chapter 242
Tiong Kung-Ming
Distance learning provides a wide opportunity for learners to access postgraduate qualifications. With the establishment of such open and distance... Sample PDF
Postgraduate Degree by Distance Learning
Chapter 243
Mohamed Ally
Due to the recent development of delivery and communication technology and the success of distance learning, educational organizations are starting... Sample PDF
Preparing Faculty for Distance Learning Teaching
Chapter 244
Gregory C. Sales
The vast majority of today’s teachers were never taught using computers. They have no firsthand experience using computers for teaching and learning... Sample PDF
Preparing Teachers to Teach Online
Chapter 245
Glenn Russell
Virtual schools are an alternative to the “bricks-andmortar” schools that have been synonymous with school education for hundreds of years.... Sample PDF
The Problems and Possibilities of Virtual Schools
Chapter 246
Xinchun Wang
Although the pedagogical advantages of online interactive learning are well known, much needs to be done in instructional design of applicable... Sample PDF
Process and Product Oriented Online Collaborative Learning Tasks
Chapter 247
David E. Leasure, Amy Peterson, Richard Kettner-Polley, Scott Van Tonningen
Late in 2003, Colorado Technical University prepared to develop a large number of programs for online delivery. As part of the planning, the... Sample PDF
The Professional Learning Model (PLM™)
Chapter 248
Belinda Davis Lazarus
Programmed Instruction (PI) has evolved from the rudimentary teaching machines of the 1920s to present- day computer programs and Internet... Sample PDF
Programmed Instruction Resources
Chapter 249
Edward D. Garten, Tedi Thompson
For higher education, the assurance of quality to others in what it does is a deeply held value. Yet, marks surrounding quality are not easily... Sample PDF
Quality Assurance and Online Higher Education
Chapter 250
William H. Riffee, Christopher Sessums
With today’s advances and capabilities in electronic communications, distance learning is a natural extension to any quality educational program... Sample PDF
Quality Distance Learning Programs and Processes
Chapter 251
Arthur B. Jeffery, Mary F. Bratton-Jeffery
Since the 1950s, the designers of training systems have embraced the logical and deliberate methodology of the Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement... Sample PDF
Quality Function Deployment in Training Design
Chapter 252
The Quality Matters Program  (pages 1723-1727)
Ronald Legon
The Quality Matters™ Program (www.qualitymatters. org) is a set of standards (or rubric) for the design of online college-level courses and the... Sample PDF
The Quality Matters Program
Chapter 253
Alistair Inglis
Practitioners and providers in distance education owe a great debt to the founders of the UK Open University (UKOU). The history of distance... Sample PDF
Quality Processes in Distance Education
Chapter 254
Martha Henckell, Michelle Kilburn, David Starrett
Different aspects of education have been evaluated by the government since 1897 (Patton, 1997). Educators have also adopted this means to collect... Sample PDF
Questions for the Student Evaluation of Distance Courses
Chapter 255
Gary Mcl. Boyd, Dai Zhang
Entwistle (1981) found it was possible and useful to categorize students in three categories: surface learners who want to acquire and use specific... Sample PDF
Re-Enacted Affiliative Meanings and "Branding" in Open and Distance Education
Chapter 256
Religion and Online Learning  (pages 1744-1748)
P. Clint Rogers, Scott L. Howell
Internationally, religious institutions are developing online learning for a variety of reasons and purposes. The overall interaction of religion... Sample PDF
Religion and Online Learning
Chapter 257
Elizabeth Murphy, María A. Rodríguez-Manzanares
Compared to the post-secondary level, distance education at the elementary and secondary levels has received little attention from researchers... Sample PDF
Research on the E-Teacher in the K-12 Distance Education Classroom
Chapter 258
Dietmar Kennepohl
For scientists and engineers, the idea of remote controlled experiments is not a new. Remote control is often used when an experiment or instrument... Sample PDF
Remote Teaching Laboratories in Science and Engineering
Chapter 259
Evan T. Robinson
The intent of action is the achievement of something decisive. Within any business, decisiveness is hopefully linked to the successful generation of... Sample PDF
Repurposing Educational Content into an International Market
Chapter 260
Donald Stepich, Seung Youn (Yonnie) Chyung, Allison Smith-Hobbs
Simply put, e-learning refers to Internet-based learning. E-learning can take place by reading a piece of information, such as a Web page, or... Sample PDF
Research on Cultural Factors in Global E-Learning
Chapter 261
Lou Yiping
Do media influence learning? This is a historical debate in the field of educational technology, which started when Clark (1983, 1994) argued that... Sample PDF
Research on the Effects of Media and Pedagogy in Distance Education
Chapter 262
Steve Baxendale
In the developed world, lifelong learning is considered necessary in the fields of education and health. Webbased technologies are used to update... Sample PDF
Research-Based Distance Learning Services in the Northern Pacific
Chapter 263
Som Naidu
This chapter offers a framework for prosecuting research in distance education. The proposed framework is based on widely acknowledged practices in... Sample PDF
Researching Distance Education
Chapter 264
Tad Waddington
In 1992, the economist, Gary Becker, won the Nobel prize for his work that demonstrated the importance to organizations of human capital and of... Sample PDF
Return on Investment in Training
Chapter 265
Seung Youn (Yonnie) Chyung, Joann Swanson
While the concept of utilizing learning objects has been addressed in instructional design for some time, slightly different definitions of the term... Sample PDF
A Reusable Learning-Object Approach to Designing Online Courses
Chapter 266
Augusta Droste, Bruce Droste
In the constantly growing and changing realm of teaching, learning, and technology, teachers are expected to embrace strange new technological... Sample PDF
Riding the School Bus Called Technology
Chapter 267
Robin H. Kay
In the past 10 years, a considerable amount of money and effort has been directed toward distance education, with growth estimated as high as... Sample PDF
The Role of Learning Objects in Distance Learning
Chapter 268
Bonnie L. MacGregor
Effective communication of the grading process to students is a concern that many online instructors face. The purpose of this entry is to show how... Sample PDF
Rubrics as an Assessment Tool in Distance Education
Chapter 269
Neal Shambaugh
Instructional design models address important issues of learning, content, and context during the development of instruction. The prescriptive... Sample PDF
A Scenario-Based Instructional Design Model
Chapter 270
David B. Glick
been underway that has led to new standards, new choices for students, and new forms of accountability. In the last few years, online learning has... Sample PDF
School Reform and the Maturing of Online Learning
Chapter 271
Ronald E. Anderson, Sara Dexter
We focus our remarks about recommendations for overcoming barriers to technology integration and implementation at the school level, that is... Sample PDF
School-Wide Factors Facilitating Technology Integration and Implementation
Chapter 272
George Yee
Many applications and tools have been developed to support the design and delivery of distance learning courses. Unfortunately, many of these... Sample PDF
Security and Privacy in Distance Education
Chapter 273
Wan Ng, Howard Nicholas
Society today is characterized by, among other things, two main factors: (i) the abundance of information and large variety of resources freely... Sample PDF
Self-Directed Learning with Web-Based Resources
Chapter 274
Eduardo Costa, Reny Cury, Junia Magellan
Communication system designers minimize noise with self-correcting codes that add redundant information to the signal, increasing the probability of... Sample PDF
Self-Normalizing Distance Learning Tools
Chapter 275
Sharable Learning Objects  (pages 1858-1864)
Tina Stavredes
As we look to the future, we are poised at the edge of an ever-expanding universe of opportunities to learn. The Internet has opened the door for... Sample PDF
Sharable Learning Objects
Chapter 276
Roisin Donnelly, Timo Portimojärvi
This article is aimed at supporting academic staff in universities and colleges who have begun or are considering introducing online problem-based... Sample PDF
Shifting Perceptions within Online Problem-Based Learning
Chapter 277
Ni Chang
Students’ engagement in completing written assignments or learning activities may, in part, serve the purpose of achieving their learning goals.... Sample PDF
Significance and Uniqueness of Personalized E-Coaching
Chapter 278
The Sloan Consortium  (pages 1884-1893)
Janet C. Moore, John R. Bourne, A. Frank Mayadas
The purpose of the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) is to help learning organizations continually improve quality, scale, and breadth according to their... Sample PDF
The Sloan Consortium
Chapter 279
Deana L. Molinari
Scholars in business, psychology, education, psychiatry have tried to understand face-to-face (F2F) group process since World War II (Poole, 1985;... Sample PDF
Social Connection Theory for Online Problem-Solving Groups
Chapter 280
Social Presence  (pages 1900-1906)
Patrick R. Lowenthal
Learning is a social process (Harasim, 2002; Swan & Shea, 2005; Tu, 2000). Discourse plays a key role in the social process of learning (Harasim... Sample PDF
Social Presence
Chapter 281
Brian Newberry
Online learning can be seen as a form of distance education. Though online education is relatively new, distance education is not. According to... Sample PDF
Social Presence in Distance Learning
Chapter 282
David Paulson
For many years, we have attempted to teach teachers technology for their own personal use and to help them use technology effectively with their... Sample PDF
Soft Technology Skills and the Teacher of the 21st Century
Chapter 283
Felix Kayode Olakulehin
The term quality is a difficult concept to define. The concept is easily misconstrued because of its rather nebulous characteristics. While many... Sample PDF
Strengthening the Internal Quality Assurance Mechanisms in Open and Distance Learning Systems
Chapter 284
Deana L. Molinari, Alice E. Dupler, Naomi Lungstrom
Stress impacts both quality and length of life (Bowman, 2005; Sapolsky, 1998), but the stress of learning is yet to be understood. Recent... Sample PDF
Stress of Nursing Students Studying Online
Chapter 285
Deana L. Molinari, Alice E. Dupler, Naomi Lungstrom
Stress is recognized today as impacting both quality and length of life (Kiecolt-Glaser, McGuire, Robles, & Glaser, 2002). Stress was defined by... Sample PDF
The Stress of Online Learning
Chapter 286
Pankaj Shah, Kate M. Carey
This article presents a snapshot of one state’s experience with connectivity from the early 1980s to the present and illustrates how distance... Sample PDF
Strong Networks Grow Distance Learning
Chapter 287
Mac Adkins, Wanda B. Nitsch
Successful program completion in an online education context is a combination of learner attributes, the university’s focus on meeting the needs of... Sample PDF
Student Retention in Online Education
Chapter 288
Student Support Services  (pages 1951-1956)
Scott L. Howell, Wendi Wilcken
Success secret number one for a successful online learning program, according to Jeffrey Feldberg, chairman and CEO of Embanet Corp. and who has... Sample PDF
Student Support Services
Chapter 289
Doris Gomez, Mihai C. Bocarnea
Student attrition, although some to be expected, comes at a high cost. Failure to complete studies is recognized as a personal loss for the... Sample PDF
Success Predictors in Graduate Online Learning
Chapter 290
Yair Levy, Michelle M. Ramim
The Greek philosopher Aristotle indicated that learning is the outcome of both teaching and practice. Clearly, learning is not confined to classroom... Sample PDF
Successful Self-Funding E-Learning Programs
Chapter 291
Linda W. Cooper
Working adults are becoming an increasingly large percentage of the college population; with their busy schedules, they are insisting on “more... Sample PDF
Successful Strategies in Online Courses
Chapter 292
Mohamed Salah Hamdi
Distance learning through the Internet is changing educational paradigms. Learning approaches, teaching methods, students’ expectations with... Sample PDF
Support of Online Learning through Intelligent Programs
Chapter 293
Rod Nason, Earl Woodruff
Most school math problems do not require multiple cycles of designing, testing and refining (Lesh & Doerr, 2003), and therefore, do not elicit the... Sample PDF
Supporting Online Collaborative Learning in Mathematics
Chapter 294
Daniel W. Surry, David C. Ensminger
Technology plays an important role in modern society. It is hard to imagine living in a world without such essential technologies as wireless... Sample PDF
Supporting the Implementation of Online Learning
Chapter 295
Dilermando Piva Jr., Ricardo Luís de Freitas, Gilberto S. Nakamiti
In the last decade, the use of Internet and wide-band access have supported the spread of distance learning through the Web, which we will call... Sample PDF
Surpassing Online Learning Obstacles
Chapter 296
Charles E. Beck, Gary R. Schornack
Distance education involves a wide range of elements, including students, instructors, institutions, classroom technology, state agencies and... Sample PDF
Systems Model of Educational Processes
Chapter 297
Malu Roldan
Tablet PCs are recent additions to the range of portable, connected devices that comprise mobile computing. Although the devices are just now... Sample PDF
Tablet PCs as Online Learning Tools
Chapter 298
Kyung-Sun Kim, Joi L Moore
The number of institutions offering online courses has been growing steadily. According to the U.S. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES... Sample PDF
Task-Oriented Information Organization and Retrieval in Online Learning
Chapter 299
Susan Slick, Patricia A. Shaw
Over time, student and teacher portfolios have taken several forms for a variety of purposes. Initially, portfolios were created in many educational... Sample PDF
Teacher Electronic Portfolios
Chapter 300
James Lerman
They say if you drop a live frog into a pot of boiling water, it will jump right out. But, if you place the same frog into a pot of water at room... Sample PDF
Teachers for the New Millennium
Chapter 301
Y. J. Zhang
It is said that “one picture is worth more than ten thousand words” (Gonzalez & Woods, 2002). Human beings observe the majority of the information... Sample PDF
Teaching and Learning Image Courses with Visual Forms
Chapter 302
Kirk St. Amant
As international online access grows, students are increasingly participating in a global community. Cultural groups, however, can have different... Sample PDF
Teaching Culture and Communication with Online Media
Chapter 303
Rachael Knight, Kate Whittington, W. Chris L. Ford, Julian M. Jenkins
The potential for computers to assist learning has been recognised for many years (Jenkins, 1997), with reproductive medicine benefiting greatly... Sample PDF
Teaching Medical Statistics over the Internet
Chapter 304
Debra Campbell, Zane Berge
As with the long line of learning technologies that preceded it, the integration of online classrooms has progressed beyond the experimental stage... Sample PDF
Teaching Style in the Online Classroom
Chapter 305
Ray Kurzweil
I have been involved in inventing since I was five, and I quickly realized that for an invention to succeed, you have to target the world of the... Sample PDF
Technology and Disabilities in the Century Ahead
Chapter 306
John C. Wilkinson
It is comforting to know that some things are timeless. The sound of the ocean surf. And now, the gulf between the highly trained networking and... Sample PDF
Technology Barriers and Opportunities
Chapter 307
Technology Diffusion  (pages 2086-2088)
Pete Nelson
American education is facing a growing crisis. Confidence in public education is decreasing, as many schools appear unable to deliver quality... Sample PDF
Technology Diffusion
Chapter 308
Marilyn J. Morrow, Paulette Miller
Faculty within academic departments, colleges, and universities are now routinely faced with the decision to offer courses or programs in an online... Sample PDF
Technology Enriched Active Learning (TEAL) for Summer Sessions
Chapter 309
R. Dwight Laws, Scott L. Howell, Nathan K. Lindsay
The institutional decision about how much technology should be used to scale distance education enrollments, reduce costs, maximize profits, and... Sample PDF
Ten Scalability Factors in Distance Education
Chapter 310
Text-Only Web Techniques  (pages 2103-2107)
Jody Condit Fagan
Text-only Web techniques are an important set of tools in every Web developer’s repertoire. When fully utilized, they allow developers to render... Sample PDF
Text-Only Web Techniques
Chapter 311
Rick Krueger
One major barrier is that educators often view themselves as “people persons” and not “technology persons,” which ends up being an excuse for not... Sample PDF
There are So Many More than Three Barriers
Chapter 312
Threaded Discussion  (pages 2110-2118)
Karen Swan
Threaded discussion is a kind of computer-mediated communication (CMC). Specifically, it is an online dialog or conversation that takes the form of... Sample PDF
Threaded Discussion
Chapter 313
Gary A. Berg
In considering various management approaches internationally for the delivery of computer-based learning, there is an interest in total quality... Sample PDF
Total Quality Management in Higher Education
Chapter 314
Elvis Wai Chung Leung, Qing Li
To cope with the increasing trend of learning demand and limited resources, most universities are taking advantage of Web-based technology for their... Sample PDF
Towards a Personalized E-Learning System
Chapter 315
Stewart Marshall, Shirley Gregor
As the world moves online, various pressures drive changes in the way industries and organizations do business: market pressures, for example... Sample PDF
Transforming Universities in the Online World
Chapter 316
Belinda Davis Lazarus
Increasingly, K-12 schools are delivering instruction via Internet courses that allow students to access course content and complete assignments... Sample PDF
Trends and Issues of Virtual K–12 Schools
Chapter 317
Luis Barrera
This article reviews the history, state of the art, and future trends in distance education, in South American countries, through an overview of the... Sample PDF
Trends in Distance Education in South America
Chapter 318
Geraldine Clarebout, Jan Elen, Joost Lowyck, Jef Van den Ende, Erwin Van den Enden
Educational goals have generally shifted from knowing everything in a specific domain to knowing how to deal with complex problems. Reasoning and... Sample PDF
Tropical Medicine Open Learning Environment
Chapter 319
Gary R. Langer
Developments in information technology and distance learning are revolutionizing the way postsecondary education is organized and delivered in the... Sample PDF
21st Century E-Student Services
Chapter 320
Thomas Lapping
Of all of the levers for educational reform and improvement in this new technologically rich millennium, clearly the two most powerful are students... Sample PDF
The Two Most Important Competencies for Millennium Teachers
Chapter 321
Howard Nicholas, Wan Ng
The concept of ubiquitous computing or Ubicomp was first articulated by Mark Weiser in 1988 at the Computer Science Lab at Xerox PARC (Palo Alto... Sample PDF
Ubiquitous Learning and Handhelds
Chapter 322
Seung Youn (Yonnie) Chyung
Distance learning is often referred to as taking training or education courses that are either synchronously or asynchronously delivered via various... Sample PDF
Understanding Different Categories of Attrition in Distance Education Programs
Chapter 323
Vivian Johnson
In a letter to the editor of the New York Times, Mark Peck (May 6, 2007), a 10th grade student, notes “it’s too bad that students have to take the... Sample PDF
Understanding Dynamic Change and Creation of Learning Organizations
Chapter 324
Frances G. Smith, Pamela LeConte
Buckminster Fuller, a multi-talented innovator of the 20th century, contributed to society as a scientist, engineer, and inventor (left... Sample PDF
Universal Design for Learning
Chapter 325
Sheryl Burgstahler
Internet-based distance-learning courses have the potential to make learning opportunities available to anyone. This potential cannot be realized... Sample PDF
Universal Design of Distance and Online Learning
Chapter 326
Tina Parscal
Cognitive apprenticeship (Collins, Brown, & Newman, 1989) is an instructional framework that uses the underlying principles of traditional... Sample PDF
Use of Cognitive Apprenticeship Framework in Online Learning
Chapter 327
Muhammet Demirbilek
Playing game is the basic nature of human beings. Though the concept of learning through game is not a new one, it is generally acknowledged that... Sample PDF
The Use of Electronic Games in Distance Learning as a Tool for Teaching and Learning
Chapter 328
Carol Knicker
What are assistive technologies (ATs) and how will millennium teachers use ATs to assist all learners? Assistive technologies can be defined as... Sample PDF
Using Assistive Technologies in Millennium Teaching
Chapter 329
Stephanie J. Etter, Lisa T. Byrnes
Online learning is the fastest growing segment in the educational marketplace (Conhaim, 2003). As the number of online courses increases and... Sample PDF
Using Course Maps for Easy Classroom to Computer Transition
Chapter 330
Marc R. Robinson
Student perceptions of online courses are likely influenced by two overarching aspects of quality: instructor quality and course design quality... Sample PDF
Using Gagné's Events of Instruction to Analyze Online Course Quality
Chapter 331
Jane Eberle, Marcus Childress
In 2002, approximately 1,680 institutions offered over 54,000 online courses (Simonson, Smaldino, Albright & Zvacek, 2003). While there has been a... Sample PDF
Using Heutagogy to Address the Needs of Online Learners
Chapter 332
Kausalai Kay Wijekumar
Online and distance learning environments have changed dramatically over the last 20 years and are now sophisticated interactive learning... Sample PDF
Using Intelligent Tutoring Technologies to Enhance Online Learning Environments
Chapter 333
Karen Lee
Recent changes in nursing in the UK have been designed to produce a new type of practitioner who will be emancipated, critically reflective... Sample PDF
Using Simulation with Wikis and Journals to Teach Advanced Clinical Practice
Chapter 334
Vicarious Learning  (pages 2261-2267)
John R. Lee
In computer-based learning, we often find ourselves addressing our technology to an unexpectedly complex Web of issues in learning and instruction.... Sample PDF
Vicarious Learning
Chapter 335
Carol C. Dudding
This article describes the use of two-way videoconferencing for providing live clinical supervision of graduate students. It includes the rationale... Sample PDF
Videoconferencing for Supervision of Graduate Students
Chapter 336
Sherif Kamel
New online learning techniques lead to improved ways to investing in larger numbers of people and optimizing the use of resources. Respectively... Sample PDF
Virtual Organizations in Post-Graduate Education in Egypt
Chapter 337
Gaye Lang
The Houston Independent School District (HISD) is the largest district in Texas and has often served as a model in the implementation of new... Sample PDF
Virtual School Administration
Chapter 338
Donna L. Jones
In modern organizational environments, education included, teamwork is an essential skill that employees must possess to work effectively with... Sample PDF
Virtual Teamwork in Distance Education
Chapter 339
Web Accessibility  (pages 2293-2297)
Harriette LaVarre Spiegel
The development of the Internet has changed a purely text-based environment with relatively simple presentation features to one driven by graphics... Sample PDF
Web Accessibility
Chapter 340
M. Michelle Panton
Web conferencing is a technology that allows groups of individuals in a variety of diverse locations to communicate and share information without... Sample PDF
Web Conferencing in Distance Education
Chapter 341
C. C. Ko, Ben M. Chen, C. D. Cheng
From the angle of computer based education, the Internet extends the power of personal computers (PC) from being a standalone machine to one that is... Sample PDF
Web-Based Remote Experimentation
Chapter 342
Efstratios T. Diamadis, George C. Polyzos
Over the past few years, distance education supported by computers and communication networks has emerged as an innovative and productive delivery... Sample PDF
Web-Based Collaborative Assessment Systems
Chapter 343
Hui-Ling Wu
Web-based course development tools are software programs that facilitate the creation of online instructional material. These tools have become... Sample PDF
Web-Based Course Development Tools
Chapter 344
Hao-Tung Lin, Herng-Yow Chen
With the rapid advance in Web and multimedia technologies, authoring various types of multimedia content and distributing them on the Web has been... Sample PDF
Web-Based Multimedia Children's Art Cultivation
Chapter 345
Nurul I. Sarkar
Wireless communication and networking courses are becoming increasingly popular in universities, polytechnical institutions, postsecondary colleges... Sample PDF
A Web-Based Tool for Teaching WLAN Design Fundamentals to Undergraduates
Chapter 346
Douglas B. Johnstone
Western Governors University (WGU) was formally established in 1996 by the governors of 19 western states. From its inception it was committed to... Sample PDF
Western Governors University and Competency-Based Education
Chapter 347
Pamela Solvie
Pedagogical tools for the millennium teacher will look very different from those in place in most classrooms today. Video, sound, and text will all... Sample PDF
What the Millennium Teacher Must Know and Be Able to Do
Chapter 348
Zane L. Berge, Cassie Bichy, Candice Grayson, Anthony Johnson, Stephen Macadoff
Many years ago, it was a commonly held belief that technology would improve industries and service professions, which means that people could work... Sample PDF
Where Does Work End and Home Life Begin?
Chapter 349
Karl M. Kapp
Winning an e-learning proposal or grant has become more difficult over the past few years because of the initially high expectations of e-learning... Sample PDF
Winning an E-Learning Proposal or Grant
Chapter 350
Young People's Net Cultures  (pages 2369-2375)
Elza Dunkels
Sweden has a large number of Internet users, and on a global scale only Iceland had more Internet users in 2005 (ITU, 2007). The European Union... Sample PDF
Young People's Net Cultures
Chapter 351
Carol M. Lerch, Andrea R. Bilics, Binta Colley
While developing our courses, we realized the importance of the zone of proximal development (Vygotsky, 1978) in supporting our students. Learners’... Sample PDF
Zone of Proximal Development and Scaffolding Online
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