This is the goal of the Khan Academy, a passion project that grew from an ex-engineer and hedge funder's online tutoring sessions with his niece, who was struggling with algebra, into a worldwide phenomenon. Today millions of students, parents, and teachers use the Khan Academy's free videos and software, which have expanded to encompass nearly every conceivable subject; and Academy techniques are being employed with exciting results in a growing number of classrooms around the globe.
Like many innovators, Khan rethinks existing assumptions and imagines what education could be if freed from them. And his core idea-liberating teachers from lecturing and state-mandated calendars and opening up class time for truly human interaction-has become his life's passion. Schools seek his advice about connecting to students in a digital age, and people of all ages and backgrounds flock to the site to utilize this fresh approach to learning.
In THE ONE WORLD SCHOOLHOUSE, Khan presents his radical vision for the future of education, as well as his own remarkable story, for the first time. In these pages, you will discover, among other things:
How both students and teachers are being bound by a broken top-down model invented in Prussia two centuries ago Why technology will make classrooms more human and teachers more important How and why we can afford to pay educators the same as other professionals How we can bring creativity and true human interactivity back to learning Why we should be very optimistic about the future of learning.Parents and politicians routinely bemoan the state of our education system. Statistics suggest we've fallen behind the rest of the world in literacy, math, and sciences. With a shrewd reading of history, Khan explains how this crisis presented itself, and why a return to "mastery learning," abandoned in the twentieth century and ingeniously revived by tools like the Khan Academy, could offer the best opportunity to level the playing field, and to give all of our children a world-class education now.
More than just a solution, THE ONE WORLD SCHOOLHOUSE serves as a call for free, universal, global education, and an explanation of how Khan's simple yet revolutionary thinking can help achieve this inspiring goal.
Harvard Business School Professor of Strategy Bharat Anand presents an incisive new approach to digital transformation that favors fostering connectivity over focusing exclusively on content.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BLOOMBERG
Companies everywhere face two major challenges today: getting noticed and getting paid. To confront these obstacles, Bharat Anand examines a range of businesses around the world, from The New York Times to The Economist, from Chinese Internet giant Tencent to Scandinavian digital trailblazer Schibsted, and from talent management to the future of education. Drawing on these stories and on the latest research in economics, strategy, and marketing, this refreshingly engaging book reveals important lessons, smashes celebrated myths, and reorients strategy.
Success for flourishing companies comes not from making the best content but from recognizing how content enables customers’ connectivity; it comes not from protecting the value of content at all costs but from unearthing related opportunities close by; and it comes not from mimicking competitors’ best practices but from seeing choices as part of a connected whole.
Digital change means that everyone today can reach and interact with others directly: We are all in the content business. But that comes with risks that Bharat Anand teaches us how to recognize and navigate. Filled with conversations with key players and in-depth dispatches from the front lines of digital change, The Content Trap is an essential new playbook for navigating the turbulent waters in which we find ourselves.
Praise for The Content Trap
“Today, to some extent, every company is a media company, but Anand emphasizes that it’s not just about the content you create; it’s the connections you make that matter—the platforms and network effects.”—Doug McMillon, CEO, Wal-Mart Stores
“The Content Trap is a book filled with stories of businesses, from music companies to magazine publishers, that missed connections and could never escape the narrow views that had brought them past success. But it is also filled with stories of those who made strategic choices to strengthen the links between content and returns in their new master plans. . . . The book is a call to clear thinking and reassessing why things are the way they are.”—The Wall Street Journal
Over the span of just nine months in 2011 and 2012, the world’s most famous universities and high-powered technology entrepreneurs began a race to revolutionize higher education. College courses that had been kept for centuries from all but an elite few were released to millions of students throughout the world—for free.
Exploding college prices and a flagging global economy, combined with the derring-do of a few intrepid innovators, have created a dynamic climate for a total rethinking of an industry that has remained virtually unchanged for a hundred years. In The End of College, Kevin Carey, an education researcher and writer, draws on years of in-depth reporting and cutting-edge research to paint a vivid and surprising portrait of the future of education. Carey explains how two trends—the skyrocketing cost of college and the revolution in information technology—are converging in ways that will radically alter the college experience, upend the traditional meritocracy, and emancipate hundreds of millions of people around the world.
Insightful, innovative, and accessible, The End of College is a must-read, and an important contribution to the developing conversation about education in this country.
The book begins with the basics of virtualization, including the role of virtualization in the changing landscape of the traditional data center and its benefits, and the strategies of virtualization. It presents the step-by-step process used to build a Windows 2008 server and the process of configuring and managing a Hyper-V infrastructure. Microsoft's approach to high availability and the combination of Microsoft tools to provide a very reliable and highly available virtualization infrastructure are discussed. The chapters also cover the migration of physical servers to virtual servers; the Dynamic Data Center concept; creating and publishing a virtual application within App-V; and desktop virtualization.
This book was intended for seasoned system administrators and engineers who grew up in and still manage primarily a hardware-based server environment containing a large assortment of both newer and legacy applications.Covers Microsoft virtualization products completely, including Hyper-V Includes a special section on securing virtual infrastructure Gives hands-on instructions to help understand and implement Microsoft solutions
When professors at top universities first began offering free online classes to the masses in 2012, the promise was that one day their experiment would revolutionize higher education forever by opening the doors to a first-class education for everyone. Since then, more than seven million students have signed up to take a massive open online course, or MOOC. But so far, MOOCs have failed to live up to the initial promises of their founders, with a vast majority of students failing to complete their courses. Lost in the rising chorus of emboldened MOOC critics are the expectations and experiences of the students who, in ever rising numbers, continue to sign up. What does a great MOOC look like, and why? Which MOOC students benefit the most? How do I get the greatest value out of taking a MOOC? To get answers, Jeffrey J. Selingo, contributing editor to The Chronicle of Higher Education and author of College (Un)Bound, embedded himself in University of Virginia business professor Ed Hess's Grow to Greatness MOOC. The result, MOOC U, is the real-time stories of the major players: students, professor, university, and MOOC provider. Written to answer the most pressing questions that MOOC students are asking, MOOC U chronicles how free online courses are changing how students learn, how professors teach, and how universities are rethinking what constitutes face-to-face education in the 21st Century.
The second edition of the classic resource Lessons from theCyberspace Classroom offers a comprehensive reference forfaculty to hone their skills in becoming more effective onlineinstructors. Thoroughly revised and updated to reflect recentchanges and challenges that face online teachers, Lessons fromthe Virtual Classroom is filled with illustrative examples fromactual online courses as well as helpful insights from teachers andstudents. This essential guide offers targeted suggestions fordealing with such critical issues as evaluating effectivecourseware, working with online classroom dynamics, addressing theneeds of the online student, making the transition to onlineteaching, and promoting the development of the learningcommunity.
Praise for Lessons from the Virtual Classroom,Second Edition
"Palloff and Pratt demonstrate their exceptional practicalexperience and insight into the online classroom. This is aninvaluable resource for those tasked with creating an onlinecourse."
— D. Randy Garrison, professor, University of Calgary, andauthor, Blended Learning in Higher Education: Framework,Principles, and Guidelines
"Faculty will deeply appreciate and make use of the manyexplicit examples of how to design, prepare, and teach both blendedand fully online courses."
— Judith V. Boettcher, faculty coach and author, TheOnline Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical PedagogicalTips
"Lessons from the Virtual Classroom is filled withinsightful caveats and recommendations, pointed examples to enhanceyour practice, succinct summaries of the research, and engagingvisual overviews. Each page brings the reader a renewed sense ofconfidence to teach online as well as personal joy that there isfinally a resource to find the answers one is seeking."
— Curtis J. Bonk, professor of education, IndianaUniversity-Bloomington, and author, Empowering Online Learning:100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, andDoing
Using a step-by-step approach, the book discusses the basics of online learning, its infrastructure, and its technical support needs. Current evidenced-based research examines teacher-student interactions, course management, web-based resources, and best-practices. The text also includes an overview of free and for-purchase technologies and describes how to choose those technologies that meet the needs of a particular teaching situation. The book is completely interactive, containing web-based tools to enhance methods and concepts. Chapters also include interactive case studies, tutorials, and exercises to enhance learning and test learning styles. This text will not only provide optimal guidance for using the Web to teach students and professional nurses skills they need to embrace best practices and achieve optimal outcomes, it will also instill in them the habits of lifelong learning.New to the third edition:
Includes new web-based interactive features to promote online learning and skills Features new chapter on the nurse in staff development Provides current guidelines on translating courses from the classroom to the online environment Presents new content on Web-based learning theories and teaching with technology Includes practical measures for student assessment and evaluation in online education backed by research and consensus
Courageous Learning offers a closer look at the needs of adult learners and provides a clear, comprehensive assessment of the adult higher education landscape. Courageous Learning underscores an urgent need for Americans to embrace a culture of lifelong learning. It is an invaluable tool for adults making the connection between learning and life success, and it is a must-have resource for educators who recognize our country's future is dependent on the ability to attract and support more courageous learners.
"I applaud institutions like Excelsior and Western Governors University for being on the cutting edge, and for developing better ways to meet customers where they are. Going back to school is one of the most important, most expensive, and most impactful decisions that many of us ever make. Hopefully, this book will help returning adults make choices that are right for them." - Margaret Spellings, 8th United States Secretary
These forces demand that we as educators reconsider the learning theories, pedagogies, and practices on which we have depended, and modify our interactions with students and peers—all without sacrificing good teaching, or lowering standards, to improve student outcomes.
Achieving these goals requires understanding how the indigenous population of this new shoreline is different. These students aren’t necessarily smarter or technologically superior, but they do have different expectations. Their approaches to learning are shaped by social networking and other forms of convenient, computer-enabled and mobile communication devices; by instant access to an over-abundance of information; by technologies that have conferred the ability to personalize and customize their world to a degree never seen before; and by time-shifting and time-slicing.
As well as understanding students’ assumptions and expectations, we have no option but to familiarize ourselves with the characteristics and applications of Web 2.0—essentially a new mind set about how to use Internet technologies around the concepts of social computing, social media, content sharing, filtering, and user experience.
Roger McHaney not only deftly analyzes how Web 2.0 is shaping the attitudes and motivations of today’s students, but guides us through the topography of existing and emerging digital media, environments, applications, platforms and devices – not least the impact of e-readers and tablets on the future of the textbook – and the potential they have for disrupting teacher-student relationships; and, if appropriately used, for engaging students in their learning.
This book argues for nothing less than a reinvention of higher education to meet these new realities. Just adding technology to our teaching practices will not suffice. McHaney calls for a complete rethinking of our practice of teaching to meet the needs of this emerging world and envisioning ourselves as connected, co-learners with our students.
This book provides highly grounded research based ways for those wanting to change problem-based learning modules and programs from face to face to online approaches, as well as those who have developed e-learning components but who want to adopt problem-based methods.
Providing an overview of the current state of problem based learning online, it examines why we're moving from fact to face to online provision, considers existing forms of provision, outlines common mistakes and strategies to avoid future problems, and shows how to effectively facilitate learning.
Illustrated by mini case studies and examples of international projects, it provides guidance on effective design, online collaboration and group dynamics, and explores the common, and complex, decisions faced when choosing which form of problem-based learning to adopt.
Including practical information and resources for games and activities, scenarios of problem-based learning in the different disciplines, advice for supporting staff and students, and effectively evaluating the tools, skills and pedagogy needed for learning, this book is an essential guide for all practitioners involved in the design and delivery of problem based learning online.
• examines the reality of design in practice
• shares tools and resources to guide practice
• analyses design within complex systems
• discusses the influence of open resources on design
• includes design principles for mobile learning
• explores practitioner development in course teams
• presents scenarios for design for learning in an uncertain future
Illustrated by case studies from across disciplines and supported by a helpful appendix of tools and resources for researchers, practitioners and teachers, the second edition of Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age is an essential guide to designing for 21st Century learning.
Unlike most other ID books, The Essentials of Instructional Design provides an overview of the principles and practice of ID without placing emphasis on any one ID model. Offering the voices of instructional designers from a number of professional settings and providing real-life examples from across sectors, students learn how professional organizations put the various ID processes into practice. This introductory textbook provides students with the information they need to make informed decisions as they design and develop instruction, offering them a variety of possible approaches for each step in the ID process and clearly explaining the strengths and challenges associated with each approach.
The book's 14 chapters provide in-depth discussions of the following topics: systems security; operating system hardening; application security; virtualization technologies; network security; wireless networks; network access; network authentication; risk assessment and risk mitigation; general cryptographic concepts; public key infrastructure; redundancy planning; environmental controls and implementing disaster recovery and incident response procedures; and legislation and organizational policies.
Each chapter includes information on exam objectives, exam warnings, and the top five toughest questions along with their answers.The only book keyed to the new SY0-201 objectives that has been crafted for last minute cramming Easy to find, essential material with no fluff – this book does not talk about security in general, just how it applies to the testIncludes review of five toughest questions by topic - sure to improve your score
The book begins with a review of important concepts that are needed for successful operating system installation. These include computer hardware, environment settings, partitions, and network settings. The book presents the strategies for creating filesystems; different types of filesystems; the tools used to create filesystems; and the tools used to administer filesystems. It explains the Linux boot process; how to configure system and user profiles as well as the common environment variables; and how to use BASH command line interpreter.
The remaining chapters discuss how to install, configure, support, and remove applications; the configuration of Linux as a workstation and as a server; securing the Linux system; and common tools for managing a system. Each chapter includes information on exam objectives, exam warnings, and the top five toughest questions along with their answers.Fast Facts quickly review fundamentalsExam Warnings highlight particularly tough sections of the examCrunch Time sidebars point out key concepts to rememberDid You Know? sidebars cover sometimes forgotten details
Top Five Toughest Questions and answers help you to prepare
This book will be useful for learners who are looking for free, open, online courses to learn the new things or would like to improve their level of knowledge on a particular subject. There are vast number of open online courses available in various topics through online learning platforms which are mentioned in this book. By participating in the free open online courses offered by various universities and institutions, learners can become expert in their favorite subject and improve the career in an efficient way. This book was written to benefit the students and lifelong learners to learn anything using free open online educational courses.
Unleashing the most useful free open online course Resources:
The book will explore the details of 90 online learning platforms and more than 275 higher education institutions and organizations which are participating the movement of MOOCs to offer free open online courses. The book was written to represent in-depth education web resources with 9 Chapters and 155 pages.
Drawing on a wide range of sources, including extensive interviews with university leaders, Taylor Walsh traces the evolution of these online courseware projects and considers the impact they may have, both inside elite universities and beyond. As economic constraints and concerns over access demand more efficient and creative teaching models, these early initiatives may lead to more substantial innovations in how education is delivered and consumed--even at the best institutions. Unlocking the Gates tells an important story about this form of online learning--and what it might mean for the future of higher education.
Empowering Online Learning has 25 unique activities foreach phase of the R2D2 model as well as summary tables helping youpick and choose what to use whenever you need it. Each activitylists a description, skills addressed, advice, variations, cost,risk, and time index, and much more.
This title is loaded with current information about emergingtechnologies (e.g., simulations, podcasts, wikis, blogs) and theWeb 2.0. With a useful model, more than 100 online activities, thelatest information on emerging technologies, hundreds of quicklyaccessible Web resources, and relevance to all types and ages oflearners--Empowering Online Learning is a book whose timehas come.
Medical Informatics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications holds the most complete collection of cutting-edge medical IT research available in topics such as clinical knowledge management, medical informatics, mobile health and service delivery, and gene expression. This four-volume compilation provides researchers, academicians, and scholars in the field of medical information technology with more than 200 chapters by over 250 international experts in medical informatics. Medical Informatics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications is an essential reference publication for every library and medical institute striving to remain up-to-date with the latest techniques, approaches, and education in the medical IT field.
Topics discussed in this new volume include:the extent and form of offshore activity the pedagogical and cultural controversies that have plagued transnational education the challenges it presents to governments, educators and HE managers how governments are developing forms of regulation to integrate cross-border programs and branch-campuses into their strategic planning for the sector the new opportunities for students and institutions.
Transnational Education presents a global perspective on the development of international online education, partner-supported transnational programs and international branch campuses. It provides a comprehensive and analytical account of the active role some universities are playing on the international stage and offers valuable guidance on future trends in the sector.
While some have welcomed the educational challenges of digital culture and emphasized its possibilities for individual emancipation and social transformation in the new information age, others accuse digital culture of absorbing its recipients in an all-pervasive virtual world. Unlike most accounts of the educational and cultural consequences of digital culture, Learning the Virtual Life presents a neutral, advanced introduction to the key issues involved with the integration of digital culture and education. This edited collection presents international perspectives on a wide range of issues, and each chapter combines upper-level theory with "real-world" practice, making this essential reading for all those interested in digital media and education.
The Handbook of Research on Mobile Devices and Applications in Higher Education Settings explores and fosters new perspectives on the use of mobile applications in a classroom context. This timely publication will demonstrate the challenges that universities face when introducing new technologies to students and instructors, as well as the rewards of doing so in a thoughtful manner. This book is meant to present the latest research and become a source of inspiration for educators, administrators, researchers, app developers, and students of education and technology.
The guide’s key features include:
a practical approach informed by theory
clean interior design that offers straightforward guidance from page one
clear and jargon-free language
examples, screenshots, and illustrations to clarify and support the text
a checklist of online course design standards that readers can use to self-evaluate.a Companion Website with examples, adaptable templates, interactive learning features, and online resources: http://essentialsofonlinecoursedesign.com
Essentials of Online Course Design serves as a best practice model for designing online courses. After reading this book, readers will find that preparing for online teaching is a satisfying and engaging experience. The core issue is simply good design: pedagogical, organizational, and visual.
For more of Marjorie Vai in her own words, listen to this 2011 interview from the On Teaching Online podcast: http://onteachingonline.com/oto-16-essentials-of-online-course-design-with-marjorie-vai/
This book contains 50 tips to help you be successful in online teaching, from choosing your platform to designing and building your courses to supporting students as they complete your learning activities and assessments.
Designed as a text for online instructors, the chapters can beused for self-directed learning or in a formal training setting inconcert with the companion Training Manual and CD.
"Tina Stavredes has done something sorely needed in the onlineteaching world —she has successfully combined solid theory andresearch with the practical application of instructor training.Both the book and the training manual are a 'must' for any onlineeducation organization. Bravo!"—Dr. Darcy W. Hardy, assistantvice provost for Technology Education Initiatives, University ofTexas at San Antonio, and chair emerita, United States DistanceLearning Association
"Drawing from years of experience and solidly grounded in anunderstanding of the adult learner and learning, Stavredes offersdozens of helpful instructor strategies, activities, and resourcesto support adult learners' success in an online environment.Effective Online Teaching and its accompanying training manual is a'must-have' set for online instructors in higher education,corporate, and government settings."—Sharan B. Merriam,professor emeritus of adult education, University of Georgia, andcoauthor, Learning in Adulthood
"An eminently practical book that provides clear andunpretentious explanations of the learning theories that areessential knowledge for every online teacher, together with equallyuncluttered and easy-to-follow guidance about how to apply thisknowledge to achieve excellent teaching."—Michael GrahameMoore, Distinguished Professor of Education, The Pennsylvania StateUniversity, and editor, The American Journal of DistanceEducation
Textbook breaks down archaic and hard to read laws into reader friendly format, with bold and italicized and underlined keywords and topics. Textbook does not cover every topic, but rather focuses on the most relevant ones. Prospective examinees are instructed to regularly review each subject in order to easily recall the appropriate regulation during the exam. To help exam takers succeed in passing the exam, Textbook comes with Web Supplements. Web Supplements bring to prospective examinees video lectures (which are based on the Textbook’s material), charts, exhibits, tables and flashcards designed to improve understanding of the tested topics. Concise text, charts, exhibits, tables, and flashcards alone are not enough to pass the examination. Goal of the Textbook is to equip you with necessary tools to successfully pass the U.S. Customs Broker License Examination. To that end, the Textbook integrates questions from previous exams by topics covered in individual chapters.
We worked very hard to provide you with tools necessary to be successful. You, however, remain the ultimate guarantor of passing the U.S. Customs Broker Exam through hard work and dedicated studies.
If you would like to purchase this workbook and are not taking the course, you may still find use for the materials. However, it should be noted that the course is offered free of charge, so you are welcome to join the live course (or work through the archived course at your own pace at any time). Information on how to do so and the website address are noted in the workbook's introduction.
***Note that this second edition has been revised to match the course update from November 2016.
Based on solid research and extensive experience, the book isfilled with suggested methods, illustrative case scenarios, andeffective activities for creating, maintaining, and evaluatingpresence throughout an online course.
"The authors have taken the mystery out of the critical conceptof presence by providing the theory that supports its importanceand simple techniques to make it happen. Instructors who read thisbook will be able to develop effective online learning communitiesand achieve desired learning outcomes."
—Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt, program directorsand faculty, Teaching in the Virtual Classroom Program, FieldingGraduate University
"Lehman and Conceição blend hands-on experience,research, and a collection of practical tips to provide everyonline instructor with strategies for 'being there.' If you want tobring the real you into your online classes and take your onlineteaching to the next level, this is the book to read."
—Chip Donohue, director of distance learning, EriksonInstitute
"This book provides a practical and interactive model to helpreaders reflect on why and how they can guide online and blendedlearning activities, characterized by a personal 'sense ofpresence.'"
—Alan B. Knox, professor, School of Education,University of Wisconsin-Madison
Textbook breaks down archaic and hard to read laws into reader friendly format, with bold and italicized and underlined keywords and topics. Textbook does not cover every topic, but rather focuses on the most relevant ones. Prospective examinees are instructed to regularly review each subject in order to easily recall the appropriate regulation during the exam. To help exam takers succeed in passing the exam, Textbook comes with Web Supplements. Web Supplements bring to prospective examinees video lectures (which are based on the Textbook’s material), charts, exhibits, tables and flashcards designed to improve understanding of the tested topics. Concise text, charts, exhibits, tables, and flashcards alone are not enough to pass the examination. Goal of the Textbook is to equip you with necessary tools to successfully pass the U.S. Customs Broker License Examination. To that end, the Textbook integrates questions from previous exams by topics covered in individual chapters. .
We worked very hard to provide you with tools necessary to be successful. You, however, remain the ultimate guarantor of passing the U.S. Customs Broker Exam through hard work and dedicated studies.
“All faculty members and course designers, regardless ofexperience level, content background, or technology skills, canbenefit from applying the approaches defined in this book. Theauthors have imparted a wealth of knowledge that can improve thequality of any online class and I highly recommend this book forall those involved with online learning.”
- Anton G. Camarota, faculty, University of Denver
“Anyone involved in developing online courses should readthis book! Packed with great insights and the research to back themup, Stavredes and Herder guide readers with practical informationthat will support online course development.”
- Brenda Boyd, director of professional development andconsulting, Quality Matters Program
“The blend of theory and application makes A Guide toOnline Course Design and indispensable resource for anyprofessional seeking to create high quality, outcomes-basedlearning experiences. I loved the action steps that close eachchapter, as they lead the reader through the entire process ofcourse design from analysis to implementation.”
- Kathe Kacheroski, dean of curriculum and instruction,Rasmussen College
The rise of constructivism and its associated theories represented a paradigm shift for educators and instructional designers to a view of learning as necessarily more social, conversational, and constructive than traditional transmissive views of learning. This bestselling book was the first to provide a manageable overview of the altered field, and the second edition has been fully updated to include expert introductions to Metacognition, Argumentation, and other key contemporary theories.
This updated edition includes an innovative framework—the Phases of Engagement—that helps learners become more involved as knowledge generators and cofacilitators of a course. The book also provides specific ideas for tested activities (collected from experienced online instructors across the nation) that can go a long way to improving online learning. Engaging the Online Learner offers the tools and information needed to:Convert classroom activities to an online environmentAssess the learning that occurs as a result of collaborative activitiesPhase in activities that promote engagement among online learnersBuild peer interaction through peer partnerships and team activitiesCreate authentic activities and implement games and simulations
Praise for Engaging the Online Learner
"The Phases of Engagement framework provides a road map for creating community at each phase of an online course. This book is an invaluable guide to innovative practices for online learning."
–Judith V. Boettcher, coauthor of The Online Teaching Survival Guide
"Engagement is the heart of online learning. The authors have developed an encyclopedia of tried-and-true learner engagement activities that are authentic and ready to use."
–Donald P. Ely, professor emeritus, instructional design, development and evaluation in the School of Education, Syracuse University
Citrix recently released a new version of its most popular product, XenApp (formerly Presentation Server). This new version is fully compatible with Windows Server 2008. To retain their CCA credential, all current CCAs will need to upgrade to the new software. This will be particularly important to those companies enrolled in Citrix partner programs, as current certification is a requirement of the program. When packaged with practice exams, this prep kit will offer an affordable, effective solution for CCA certification and re-certification.Complete exam-prep package includes full coverage of new XenApp 5.0 objectivesAuthored by a Citrix expert with hundreds of implementations to his creditThis preparation kit can also be used as a reference guide for administrators who need to integrate XenApp 5.0 with their networks
This guide is:
Easy to use: Clear, jargon-free writing; illustrations; and references to online resources help readers understand concepts.
Streamlined: A simple but effective design process focuses on creating manageable activities for the right environment.
Practical: Real-world examples from different subject areas help teachers understand principles in context.
Contemporary: The variety of modern, connected technologies covered in the guide addresses a range of teaching challenges.
Forward-Looking: The approach bridges the gap between formal classroom learning and informal lifelong learning.
Standards-based: Guidelines and standards are based on current research in the field, relevant learning theories, and practitioner experiences.
Effective blended learning requires significant rethinking of teaching practices and a fundamental redesign of course structure. Essentials for Blended Learning: A Standards-Based Guide simplifies these difficult challenges without neglecting important opportunities to transform teaching. This guide is suitable for teachers in any content area.
Please visit www.essentialsforblended.com for additional resources.
The book has been designed in such a way that readers will start with installing Linux and end up with a useable and secure Linux workstation and server that is supported and managed. Key topics discussed include booting Linux; how to use the BASH command-line interpreter (CLI) or BASH shell; and how to install applications to transform the Linux system into a productive tool. The remaining chapters cover the configuration of Linux as a workstation and as a server; security objectives; and the care and feeding of a Linux system. Each chapter ends with 15 exam questions along with a corresponding answer key.Covers everything from test taking techniques to advanced topics - keeping the beginner and intermediate IT professional in mindLayout of the guide parallels the 2009 Linux+ objectives for ease of studyMore than just a book, this kit includes a self test, tiered questions, and two practice exams
Includes models based in adult learning principles and bestpractices
Offers guidelines to test instructors' readiness to teachonline
Contains ideas for overcoming faculty resistance
Reveals how to develop an effective mentoring program
Shows how to establish a long-term faculty developmenteffort
Praise for The Excellent Online Instructor
"Palloff and Pratt have a profound understanding of the onlineeducational milieu, its complexities and challenges as well as thepotential it opens up to serious educators dedicated to exploitingits full value. Practical and down-to-earth strategies are at thecore of what the authors offer the reader in this engagingbook."
—Michael J. Canuel, CEO, LEARN Quebec
"This book examines best practices for effective online teachingand instructor engagement and provides a concise plan for facultydevelopment and effective training methods. Rena Palloff and KeithPratt have provided another essential resource for the field ofonline teaching and learning that is a must-read for anyone workingwith faculty or teaching online in either higher education orK–12."
—Kaye Shelton, dean, Online Education, Dallas BaptistUniversity
"Whether you are guiding departmental faculty or looking toimprove your own online skills, Palloff and Pratt provide practicalsteps, tools to organize your processes, best practices to emulate,and valuable resources to help you achieve excellenceonline."
—Lynn Olson, dean, Graduate and Professional Studies,St. Joseph's College Online
The Real MCTS SQL Server 2008 Exam 70-432 Prep Kit prepares readers for the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exam: SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance.This is The 'Real' Microsoft Exam Prep Kit, and provides the reader with independent and unbiased exam tips and warnings everything they need to know to ensure certification success.Authored by Mark Horninger, a nationally recognized leader in SQL Server with over 50 Microsoft certifications to his credit; Mark knows what it takes to successfully navigate Microsoft exams.
Learning Online with Games, Simulations, and Virtual Worlds
Strategies for Online Instruction
Learning Online with Games, Simulations, and Virtual Worlds
The infusion of games, simulations, and virtual worlds intoonline learning can be a transforming experience for both theinstructor and the student. This practical guide, written byeducation game expert Clark Aldrich, shows faculty members andinstructional designers how to identify opportunities for buildinggames, simulations, and virtual environments into the curriculum;how to successfully incorporate these interactive environments toenhance student learning; and how to measure the learning outcomes.It also discusses how to build institutional support for using andfinancing more complex simulations. The book includes frameworks,tips, case studies and other real examples, and resources.
Praise for Learning Online with Games, Simulations, and VirtualWorlds
"Clark Aldrich provides powerful insights into the dynamic arenaof games, simulations, and virtual worlds in a simultaneouslyentertaining and serious manner as only he can. If you are involvedwith educating anyone, from your own children to classrooms full ofstudents, you need to devour this book."
— Karl Kapp, assistant director, Institute for InteractiveTechnologies, Bloomsburg University
"At a time when the technologies for e-learning are evolvingfaster than most people can follow, Aldrich successfully bridgesthe perceptual gap between virtual worlds, digital games, andeducational simulations, and provides educators with all theyreally need to use this technology to enhance and enrich theire-learning experiences."
— Katrin Becker, instructor, Department of Computer Scienceand Information Systems, Mount Royal College, and adjunct professorof education, University of Calgary
"I consider this a must-read for anyone engaged in orcontemplating using these tools in their classrooms or designingtheir own tools."
— Rick Van Sant, professor of learning and technology, FerrisState University
Welcome to the exciting world of Customs! Customs Broker is a licensed profession. Passing the Customs Broker Examination is a prerequisite for individual’s Customs Broker license. Passing is not easy, and many exam takers do not pass. The primary challenge lies not in the difficulty of questions themselves, but in the amount of time customs examiners allocate to examinees. My interaction with students with little or no customs experience shows that everyone is able to understand some of the most difficult questions. This means it is not the difficulty of questions, but rather the amount of time provided, which leads many not to pass. The problem, therefore, lies in time management! Fortunately, this can be corrected. But such correction requires dedication and practice. Many questions you will see on exam are similar to those questions asked in previous exams. Some are even identical. Examinee who sees a familiar question on the exam is likely to spend less time to answering it. This means more time being left to answer more difficult and less familiar questions, resulting in a greater likelihood of success.
Exercise Book is designed to do just that: to help examinees pass the Customs Broker Exam. The approach is very simple. We take the very questions that examiners have asked before, and provide rationale for their answers. The rationale - or reasoning - cause examinees to revisit topics tested while providing the structure and organization. The structure helps to build a framework that can be applied to variety of questions. During the exam, even if examinee does not recall the structure, the familiarity with the question would help. Exercise Book consists of: Table of Contents; Table of Questions; Table of Topics; Approach to Answering Questions; Practice Exam Questions; and Practice Exam Answers. Exercise Book is supplemented with video discussions and supplemental reading on the internet, through Web Supplements at LawCustoms.com/eb.
"Effective student support is the single most important factorin sustaining high-quality online learning programs. Anita Crawleypresents the most effective guide to achieving that success. Herbook is a blueprint for building thriving online programs throughcomprehensive student support." —Ray Schroeder, director,Center for Online Learning, Research and Service, University ofIllinois Springfield
"As distance learning continues to grow, this book addresses theoften neglected other side of the coin: online student services.This book provides a great introduction and overview of theresearch, literature, and innovative practices for planning,implementing, and evaluating support services for online learners."—George Steele, director, eStudent Services, OhioLearns
"Anita Crawley has crafted a splendid volume on a topic ofincreasing importance in contemporary higher education. Her bookpromises to be the foundational piece for those who work withstudents in an online environment. Her thinking and analysis aresuperb and undoubtedly will provide the basis upon which to developonline programs and services in the future." —John H. Schuh,Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and PolicyStudies Emeritus, Iowa State University
"Bringing together extensive examples of innovative practices,summaries of current research, and a wealth of experience instudent services, Anita Crawley's comprehensive guide to supportingonline students is a rich resource for institutions with existing,growing, or new online programs. —Diane J. Goldsmith, formerexecutive director, Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium
In response, MOOCs and Open Education Around the World explores and illuminates unique implementations of MOOCs and open education across regions and nations. The book also focuses on the various opportunities as well as the dilemmas presented in this rapidly evolving age of technology-enabled learning. What are the different delivery formats, interaction possibilities, assessment schemes, and business models? What are the key controversies or issues that must be discussed and addressed? This edited collection explains MOOCs and open education trends and issues in a variety of contexts, shares key research findings, and provides practical suggestions and recommendations for the near future.
Evaluating Online Teaching is the first comprehensivebook to outline strategies for effectively measuring the quality ofonline teaching, providing the tools and guidance that facultymembers and administrators need. The authors address challengesthat colleges and universities face in creating effective onlineteacher evaluations, including organizational structure,institutional governance, faculty and administrator attitudes, andpossible budget constraints. Through the integration of casestudies and theory, the text provides practical solutions geared toaddress challenges and foster effective, efficient evaluations ofonline teaching. Readers gain access to rubrics, forms, andworksheets that they can customize to fit the needs of their uniqueinstitutions.
Evaluation methods designed for face-to-face classrooms, fromstudent surveys to administrative observations, are often appliedto the online teaching environment, leaving reviewers andinstructors with an ill-fitted and incomplete analysis.Evaluating Online Teaching shows how strategies forevaluating online teaching differ from those used in traditionalclassrooms and vary as a function of the nature, purpose, and focusof the evaluation. This book guides faculty members andadministrators in crafting an evaluation process specificallysuited to online teaching and learning, for more accurate feedbackand better results. Readers will:Learn how to evaluate online teaching performanceExamine best practices for student ratings of onlineteachingDiscover methods and tools for gathering informal feedbackUnderstand the online teaching evaluation life cycle
The book concludes with an examination of strategies forfostering change across campus, as well as structures for creatinga climate of assessment that includes online teaching as acomponent. Evaluating Online Teaching helps institutionsrethink the evaluation process for online teaching, with the endgoal of improving teaching and learning, student success, andinstitutional results.
Mobile Learning: A Handbook for Developers, Educators andLearners provides research-based foundations for developing,evaluating, and integrating effective mobile learning pedagogy.Twenty-first century students require twenty-first centurytechnology, and mobile devices provide new and effective ways toeducate children.
But with new technologies come new challenges—therefore,this handbook presents a comprehensive look at mobile learning bysynthesizing relevant theories and drawing practical conclusionsfor developers, educators, and students.
Mobile devices—in ways that the laptop, the personalcomputer, and netbook computers have not—present theopportunity to make learning more engaging, interactive, andavailable in both traditional classroom settings and informallearning environments. From theory to practice, MobileLearning explores how mobile devices are different than theirtechnological predecessors, makes the case for developers,teachers, and parents to invest in the technology, and illustratesthe many ways in which it is innovative, exciting, and effective ineducating K-12 students.Explores how mobile devices can support the needs ofstudentsProvides examples, screenshots, graphics, and visualizations toenhance the material presented in the bookProvides developers with the background necessary to create theapps their audience requiresPresents the case for mobile learning in and out of classroomsas early as preschoolDiscusses how mobile learning enables better educationalopportunities for the visually impaired, students with Autism, andadult learners.
If you're a school administrator, teacher, app developer, orparent, this topical book provides a theoretical, well-researcheddiscussion of the pedagogical theory and mobile learning, as wellas practical advice in setting up a mobile learning strategy.
An ideal textbook for undergraduate Education and Communication programs as well as Educational Technology Masters, Ph.D., and Certificate programs, Learning Theory and Online Technologies provides a synthesis of the key advances in online education learning theory and the key frameworks of research, and clearly links theory and research to successful learning practice. This revised second edition updates data on digital media adoption globally, adds a new chapter on connectivism as a learning theory, and updates the chapter on online collaborative learning, renaming the theory as collaborativism and considering the challenges that arise with the growth of artificial intelligence.
Contributing to both the theoretical and practical literature,Continuing to Engage the Online Learner expands on the workof Conrad and Donaldson's bestselling Engaging the OnlineLearner. This next-step resource introduces a new phase totheir proven model, the Phases of Engagement, and addresses a widerange of online and hybrid learning environments, technology tools,and communication styles.
Comprehensive in scope, the book provides an introduction to thetheory of engaged learning and its design, assessment, andmanagement in online and blended learning environments anddescribes the types of activities that motivate the online learnerin each phase of engagement. This down-to-earth resource alsoincludes 50 new and illustrative activities paired with each phaseof engagement. In Continuing to Engage the Online LearnerRita-Marie Conrad and J. Ana Donaldson provide relevant andtheoretically-sound information to enhance teaching and engagelearners, offering a practical handbook for instructors.
"Conrad and Donaldson have done it again! Not only have theypresented a solid and useful discussion of the phases ofengagement, they have brought the theory alive through thepresentation of practical activities that would work well in anyonline or hybrid course." —Rena Palloff, faculty, FieldingGraduate University and author, The Excellent OnlineInstructor
Although studies support the effectiveness of learning online,students often fail to complete online courses. Some studies havefound that as many as 50–70% drop out of their online coursesor programs. Retention is not only a growing expectation andimperative, but it is also as opportunity for faculty members totake the lead in innovating, researching, and implementing newstrategies while demonstrating their effectiveness.
Designed for instructors and instructional designers, Motivatingand Retaining Online Students is filled with empirical researchfrom the authors’ study of motivation and retentionstrategies that can reduce online learner dropout. Focusing onthe most important issues instructors face, such as course design;student engagement and motivation; and institutional,instructional, and informal student support strategies, thebook provides effective online strategies that help minimizestudent dropout, increase student retention, and support studentlearning.
While helping to improve the overall retention rates foreducational institutions, the strategies outlined in the bookalso allow for student diversity and individual learnerdifferences. Lehman and Conceição’s proven modelgives instructors an effective approach to help students persist inonline courses and succeed as learners.
Conquering the Content: A Blueprint for Online Course Designand Development, Second Edition is a highly practical guide tocreating online courses. With guidance on incorporating learningtheory into online course content, as well as a host of templates,learning guides, and sample files, this book furnishes instructorsand instructional designers with the information and toolsthey need to design and develop their course content to betterserve online students. This second edition introduces relevancestatements and time-saving tips as well as content maps whichprovide a scaffold for content organization and help studentsanchor the topics in their memories for retrieval. Readers willgain expert insight and best practices for designing within therapidly changing online learning environment and learn toincorporate recent advances that can improve student outcomes.Because the book is designed to focus on online teaching pedagogy,it won't go out of date as specific tools change.
Nearly one-third of all students in higher education are takingat least one online class, and online hybrid classes are becomingmore widespread. Distance learning is becoming the norm, butcreating an online class is more complex than just posting coursecontent on a website. Conquering the Content demonstrateshow instructors can best revamp their course content to suit theonline learning environment, and provides the tools and resourcesinstructors need to transfer their effectiveness from the classroomto the online environment. Learn how to:Create student-friendly navigation structures that support whatis known about the brain and learningOrganize content based on priority, flow, and easynavigationCreate assessments that work within the parameters of an onlinecourse"Chunk" information to facilitate better processing
Time is of the essence in getting a course online, but it'simportant that pedagogy not get lost in the crush of new content.Course design is just as critical as course content when it comesto distance learning outcomes, and Conquering the Contentprovides a holistic and practical approach to effective onlinecourse development.