147 PRACTICAL TIPS FOR TEACHING ONLINE GROUPS by Donald E. Hanna, Michelle Glowacki-Dudka, and Simone Conceicao-Runlee [Overland Park, KS: Atwood Publishing, 2000. ISBN: 189185934X, $12.50 US], is a "how-to guide for college professors, schoolteachers, and workplace educators." Drawing upon their extensive experience in educational communications and instructional design and technology, the authors "describe the reasonable expectations that professors should have of their students; copyright issues that pertain to course content; ways of interacting with students, like bulletin boards and shared documents and methods of evaluating students online, including portfolios and peer assessments." They also debunk some myths of online teaching regarding time requirements, number of students an instructor can handle and the reliability of the technology. A review of the book is available online, CLICK: http://chronicle.com/teaching/books/2000091101b.htm. (CIT INFOBITS Sept 00 No. 27 ISSN 1521-9275)
INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF RESEARCH IN OPEN AND DISTANCE LEARNING - Athabasca University CLICK: http://www.athabascau.ca and the International Consortium for Alternative Academic Publishing (ICAAP) CLICK: http://www.icaap.org have launched a new online publication. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning CLICK: http://www.irrodl.org is a free refereed journal edited by Peter S. Cookson, Associate Vice-president, Research and Institutional Studies at Athabasca.
The journal focuses on theory, research and best practices in open and distance learning. The premiere issue, available at CLICK: http://www.irrodl.org/current.html features six refereed articles as well as a selection of book and article reviews, conference summaries and announcements and relevant news items. Each issue is to be followed by a 30-45 day online conference where readers can discuss articles with their authors and IRRODL's consulting editors.
Articles from the current issue include:
Theoretical Challenges for Distance Education in the 21st Century: A Shift from Structural to Transactional Issues, by Randy Garrison (University of Alberta)
Digital Learning Environments: New Possibilities and Opportunities, by Otto Peters (Fern Universitaet, Germany)
Research in Distance Education: A Status Report, by Farhad Saba (San Diego State University) (NETWORKING Vol. 4, #13, 6 Sept 00 ISSN 1206-9450)
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Instructional Design at Instructional Communications Systems
Training for Videconferencing
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