Building Online Learning Communities: Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom (Wiley Desktop Editions)
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.
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.
A Must Read for Distance Learning Professionals
By Kenneth Fairbanks - July 30, 2007
This is quite simply one the best books on distance learning that I have read. Palloff and Pratt provide a well researched investigation into developing communities online.
The first part of the book goes to great length in defining distance learning and community. The authors provide both empirical and anecdotal evidence to support their claim that community building online is critical to distance learning success. They do a wonderful job stepping the reader through the psychological process of developing an online community and detailing the impact it can have on learning.
Their approach to instructional design moves the instructor into a collaborative and transformative learning model that places students at the center. Instructors become facilitators guiding student discussion and exploration. This stands in stark contrast to the chalk and talk lecture model that many instructors attempt to replicate in distance learning.
This book might be good for someone writing a paper about online learning but, as someone looking to create an online learning course, there was very little, if anything, I could use or apply. To be honest, I stopped reading after 100 pages and started skimming because the dry, academic writing style combined with little actual specific information left me bored.
Build, Learn, Build, and Learn More!
By Stephanie Cotsifas - October 16, 2012
I read this book for a class book review, but felt inspired enough to actually do an online review to benefit those that might be interested in reading this book. I was amazed at the negative feedback this book has currently received online, so I am happy to share my view. First, let me preface the fact that I currently am an online facilitator and have also taken online classes to be an online facilitator and found this book to be a friendly reminder, backed up by plenty of research and personal testimonies, on how a successful learning community should be conducted. I believe the purpose of this book is to share effective strategies for the virtual classroom (as its subtitle indicates). Its purpose is not to tell you how to create an online class, but how to build a successful community. The authors communicate several important aspects of a professional learning community through online learning. They make a great effort to help readers understand the transition for... read more
New to this edition is the blending of a neuroscientific understanding of motivation and learning with an instructional approach responsive to linguistically and culturally different adult learners. ...