The Online Learning Idea Book, Volume Two: Proven Ways to Enhance Technology-Based and Blended Learning

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Many books recommend teaching and learning strategies based oncurrent learning research and theory. However, few books offerillustrative examples of how to take these strategies and put theminto action in the real world. The Online Learning Idea Bookis filled with concrete examples of people who make learning moreinspiring and engaging every day, in all kinds of settings, allover the world.

In this second volume of The Online Learning Idea Bookyou will find brand new and valuable ideas that you can adopt oradapt in your own instructional materials, to make them moredynamic and more worthwhile for learners and learning. These ideaswill let you peek over the shoulders of some of the world's mostcreative instructors, instructional designers and developers,trainers, media developers, and others in order to help sparkcreative ideas of your own.

This hands-on resource will help you build online instructionalmaterials or improve existing materials including online courses,modules, activities, or supplementary materials for classroom-basedcourses.

This book provides great tips, techniques, and tricks in thefollowing areas: The Design and Development Process, SupportingLearning, Synchronous and Interpersonal Activities, Asynchronousand Self-Paced Activities, and NS Better Media.

Within these pages you will discover creative ways to give youronline and blended instruction a boost by adopting and adaptinggreat ideas from others.

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From the Inside Flap:

“Shank’s straight to the point advice from worldexperts is invaluable whether it’s your first or fiftiethonline learning project. Move to the front of the class with theirguidance.”—Michael W. Allen, PhD, chairman & CEO,allen interactions inc.;   www.alleninteractions.com

“Patti Shank has pulled together yet another set offabulous ideas for designing and delivering online learning. Asthey are all come from experienced practitioners they have beenthoroughly road-tested and will get you up and running quickly,easily and effectively.”—Jane Hart, Centre for Learning& Performance Technologies, Wiltshire, England

“It’s nice to ask your cube neighbor or call arespected peer when you’re absolutely stuck on a project andneed a brilliant idea. The reality is not they are not alwaysaround nor are they as helpful as you’d hope.  Shankharnesses the collective brainpower from a broad range ofpractitioners to give you the insight you need to make goodprojects even better.  The Online Idea Book providesconcise and pragmatic ideas that you can adopt as-is or quicklyadapt for your specific needs.” —Frank Nguyen, PhD,director, Learning Innovation, American Express

The Online Idea Book is a tremendous resource forthose who are asked to do more with less. It’s likecramming an extra ten people into your cubicle to help you get yourwork done.”—Tom Kuhlmann, vice president, Community;author, Rapid e-Learning Blog, Articulate

“In the rapidly evolving field of e-learning, it’simportant to stay abreast of the latest ideas and techniques. PattiShank has again gathered a unique collection of practical, usefuland effective ideas from contributors around the industrythat’s sure to inspire you.”—L. Wayne Precht,applications architect, Tycho Project, University of MarylandUniversity College

“If   you’re a corporate training manager, thebook’s many examples from many settings are not only greatideas to adapt, they are superb guides to understand thelearning expectations of younger employees, especially recentgraduates.”

—Ann Yakimovicz, training manager, The PBSJ Corp., anAtkins company

“Patti Shank is back with dozens of new activities, tips,and tricks for making our technology-based training effortsbetter. This new second volume offers a smorgasbord ofpractitioner-supplied ideas ranging from design strategies tojust-in-time thoughts on supporting collaborative and sociallearning. Information here is relevant to many different areas ofexpertise: developers, synchronous facilitators, and designers ofself-paced instructional materials. And it’s everything atraining resource should be: interesting, engaging, inspiring, andhelpful.” —Jane Bozarth, Ed.D., author, Social Mediafor Trainers and Better Than Bullet Points

About the Author:

Patti Shank, PhD., CPT, is the president of Learning Peaks LLC, an internationally recognized performance and instructional design consulting firm. She is the co-author of Making Sense of Online Learning, editor of The Online Learning Idea Book, Volume 1, co-editor of The E-Learning Handbook, and co-author of Essential Articulate Studio '09.

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