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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying and Doing

Empowering Online Learning is an essential resource for anyone designing or facilitating online learning.

This book goes through the Read, Reflect, Display, and Do model for online teaching and learning that Dr. Ke Zhang from Wayne State University and Dr. Curt Bonk from Indiana University designed.
There are 25 activities in the book for each phase. Some might see it as a learning style approach, but Ke and I view it as a problem solving model. A wheel. One goes through it in any order to learn. Some might prefer diferent parts of the wheel.

With a solid theoretical foundation and concrete guidance and examples, this book can be used as a handy reference, a professional guidebook, or a course text. This book is intended to help online instructors and instructional designers, as well as those contemplating such positions, to design, develop, and deliver learner-centered online instruction. With a useful model, more than 100 online activities, the latest information on emerging technologies, hundreds of quickly accessible Web resources, and relevance to all types and ages of learners - "Empowering Online Learning" is a book whose time has come.

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About the Authors

Curtis J. Bonk is Professor of Instructional Systems Technology and adjunct in Informatics at Indiana University. He also spent 15 years as a professor of educational psychology. Dr. Bonk has received the CyberStar Award from the Indiana Information Technology Association, the Most Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.S. Distance Learning Association, and the Most Innovative Teaching in a Distance Education Program Award from the State of Indiana. He has over 200 publications and during the past three years he has presented nearly 300 talks related to online teaching and learning.

Ke Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at Wayne State University with a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems from Penn State University. She has years of success in designing, developing, and teaching online courses and programs, together with fruitful research on online learning.