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Introduction to Online Learning

Introduction to Online Learning
A Guide for Students

April 2010 | 136 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc


A survival guide companion for students beginning their first online or hybrid class

Introduction to Online Learning introduces first-time distance learners to the realities of Web-based education and serves as the most comprehensive, practical guide to achieving success when facing online-specific barriers as well as common academic hurdles. Written by an experienced instructor, this invaluable aid shows students how to overcome challenges related to e-mail communication, technological catastrophes, staying organized on a daily basis, and more. Students learn to take advantage of the unique resources available for those enrolled in internet-based programs and to make the most of their Web-based educational experience by tailoring it to their personal strengths, needs, and learning styles.

Key Features

  • The author provides clear explanations of how to tailor research, writing, and citing sources to the online classroom, as well as when citations are necessary
  • Concrete, original examples link the text to students' personal experiences; illustrations vividly bring material to life
  • Screenshots and excerpts from online syllabi help students navigate their first course requirements
  • Examples of appropriate discussion board interaction aid students in progressing in their course with confidence
  • Self-assessments guide students in determining individual learning styles and levels of preparedness

Open-access student study site at

This open-access student study site includes first-person testimonials and advice from online students and instructors, links to relevant Web sites and resources, and self-quizzes.

Intended Audience
This groundbreaking supplement is a must-have for any student enrolled in an online course or degree program, or for students enrolled in hybrid courses including a mix of online and classroom learning.

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Chapter 1: Debunking the Myths of Online Education
Myth #1: Taking online courses is "settling" for a lesser-quality education  
Myth #2: I am feeling overwhelmed; online learning must not be for me  
Myth #3: I don't know my way around a computer: I can't do this!  
Myth #4: With online education, I am "going it alone"  
Myth #5: I am online all the time; this will be easy!  
Myth #6: Online learninG requires less time than traditional education  
Myth #7: Since this is an online course, I can complete the coursework whenever I want  
Myth #8: My online Coursework will not be respected by others  
Reflection Questions  
Chapter Checklist  
Chapter 2: Where do I Start?
Technology Basics  
Getting Comfortable with Online Campus  
Exploring the Online Classroom  
Knowing What to Look For  
Reflection Questions  
Chapter Checklist  
Chapter 3: Getting Organized
Getting Organized  
Where to Find the Space  
Special Considerations When Working at Home  
Finding Office in the Community  
Where to Find the Time  
The Importance of Balance  
Reflection Questions  
Chapter Checklist  
Chapter 4: "Where do I turn for Help?" Knowing Your Resources
Getting Answers to School-Specific Question  
Technological Resources  
Academic Resources  
Social Resources  
Counseling Services  
Financial Support  
Reflections Questions  
Chapter Checklist  
Chapter 5: When the Worst Happens and How to Cope  
The Importance of Perspective
Technology Matters  
Tips and Tricks to Minimize Technical Catastrophes  
Responding to Common Problems  
Family, Work or Personal Emergencies  
Physical Limitations to Writing  
School-Related Problems  
When You Have Fallen Behind...  
Reflection Questions
Chapter Checklist  
Chapter 6: Learning Styles  
Know Your Strengths  
The Delivery of Information  
Kolb's Learning Styles  
Other Considerations in Learning Style  
Reflection Questions
Chapter Checklist  
Chapter 7: Written Communication  
Computer-mediated, Communication, Academic Style  
Discussion Boards  
Formal Writing Assignments  
Reflection Questions
Chapter Checklist  
Chapter 8: Conducting Quality Research for Your Online Class  
Why Research?  
Types of Resources  
Researching for Your Online Class  
Reflection Questions
Chapter Checklist  
Chapter 9: Citing Your Sources  
Citing 101  
Knowing When to Cite  
Knowing How to Cite  
Peparing to Cite Your Sources  
Reflection Questions  
Chapter Checklist  

I'm requiring it for all of my online students because many have a hard time adapting to online learning. I will be writing one of these myself soon!

West College Of Education, Midwestern State University
November 14, 2013

A useful introduction to on-line learning for students embarking on distance learning modules

Mrs Carol Ellis
Health , Anglia Ruskin University
October 31, 2012

Excellent introduction, concise and easy reading.

Mr James Sales
Sch of Health, Psychology & Soc Care, Manchester Metropolitan University
May 26, 2011

This text has been helpful in assisting students in their individual online course design projects.

Dr Rita McNeil
Human Resource Train Dev Dept, Idaho State University - Pocatello
May 17, 2011

I'm having the bookstore order it as a "Recommended," as opposed to "Required" text. A lot of it doesn't apply to the particular course, as designed, but I think the earnest student would find it interesting and useful.

Note: In the prompt above this box, "relevent" shoud be "relevant." :-)

Professor M Sheridan Embser-Herbert
Sociology Dept, Hamline University
May 10, 2011

Excellent source for students seeking to understand the principles behind elearning and why it is now, or should be, an integral part of their learning environment.

Mrs Michelle Rogers
Centre for Early Childhood, University of Worcester
November 5, 2010

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