The Online Learning Idea Book, Vol. 2 edited by Patti Shank

Patti Shank of Learning Peaks has included some good ideas in The Online Learning Idea Book, Vol. 2:  Prove Ways to Enhance Technology-Based and Blended Learning (San Francisco:  Pfeiffer-Wiley, 2011).  I particularly liked these:

  • “Survival Skills,” which includes some good “Tips for Online Learners” submitted by Susan Barber of Stephen F. Austin State University (pp. 48-51)
  • “Reading Guide,” which provides an example of a reading guide for online courses submitted by Saul Carliner of Concordia University (pp. 82-86)–a good idea especially if you discover as I have that online students don’t always buy the textbook
  • “Learning Log,” which explains how Kate Cobb of Blended Learning Zone suggests having online students complete “an online learning log at the end of each module” (pp. 91-94), a good reflection exercise
  • “Project Grading Checklist,” which was submitted by Kathleen Chatfield of Clark College and resembles peer review checklists and rubrics that I have used (pp. 95-100)
  • “Comments, Please,” which shows how Nancy Linger of Moraine Park Technical College uses free tools at Collab and VoiceThread “to facilitate peer feedback on learner documents” (pp. 140-142)
  • “Who Are You” Alternative Online Meet-and-Greet Tactics,” which discusses how Joanna Dunlap and Patrick Lowenthal have their students use various web 2.0 applications like Tinysong, VoiceThread, Xtranormal, Flickr, Wordle, and Animoto to get to know each other (pp. 149-52)
  • “Online Classroom Clickers,” which explains how to use polling tools “to easily and effectively poll their learners on a variety of topics and then instantly display the results,” was also submitted by Lowenthal and Dunlap (pp. 171-74)
  • “Word Me,” which shows how Karen Hyder of Kaleidoscope Training and Consulting uses word searches (pp. 199-201)
  • “Word Clouds,” which shows how Terry Morris of Harper College uses web-based applications to create word clouds (pp. 305-08)

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