Web-enabled communication technologies are at the forefront of rapid change in education from the K-12 level through postgraduate education. The ascendancy of online learning environments has opened an array of opportunities and challenges, and has raised a formidable set of implications-in the pedagogical, economic, political, and other realms-that we have only begun to grasp, let alone fully manage.Online and Distance Learning: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications provides a comprehensive collection of case studies, empirical research, conceptual demonstrations, and best practices on Web-enabled learning technologies. This comprehensive, six-volume collection addresses all prominent aspects of online and distance learning, including information communication technologies applied to education, virtual classrooms, pedagogical systems, Web-based learning communities, library information systems, virtual universities, and numerous other topics. Collecting defining research in over 300 chapters from some 800 contributors representing more than 100 countries, Online and Distance Learning: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications enables libraries to provide a foundational reference to meet the information needs of researchers, educators, practitioners, administrators, and all other stakeholders in the online and distance learning context.
Additional online material can be found by clicking on the button above. 'A very practical text that provides professionals new to this arena with a good introduction to what they can expect to encounter in online work. The book contains numerous thought-provoking examples and exercises for those contemplating work in virtual arenas' - Terry Hanley, Lecturer in Counselling, University of Manchester. 'It's tempting to think that face-to-face experience translates straightforwardly to online work. But it doesn't. Jane Evans shows how many different aspects there are to counselling on-line! My advice would be, don't attempt it until you have worked through this book' - Professor Michael Jacobs, author of "Psychodynamic Counselling in Action". Counsellors - and other professionals who provide emotional support and guidance - are increasingly working online. The difference between online and face-to-face interaction with clients is vast and practitioners need to equip themselves with specialist knowledge and skills to ensure that they are being effective. "Online Counselling and Guidance Skills" is the first book to deal with the practicalities of this mode of working. It looks at how practitioners need to adapt their basic counselling skills to the online environment and guides them through the process of setting up, defining and maintaining a working relationship with a client within professional, ethical and legal boundaries. Case studies and extracts from online sessions show how the skills are put into practice, while practical exercises and points for further consideration help readers to develop their own knowledge and skills. Until now, books and articles have generally focused on the therapeutic work done by counsellors online. However, this book addresses people who use counselling skills in a wide range of contexts; including counselling, education, mental health, social care and careers guidance.
Teaching and Learning Online, 2nd Edition, provides practical advice from academics, researchers, practitioners and designers who are currently engaged in defining, creating and delivering the increasingly important world of online learning. This powerful guide avoids trends in technology, instead focusing on the articulation and development of the learning theories that underpin the use of technology. The book covers:
Theory into practice - emerging models and understanding from academia
The second edition of this bestselling guide addresses key gaps in the available literature including the ethics of eLearning, emerging eLearning cultures, and cutting-edge design issues and pedagogies that will take us into the next decade of eLearning and future Web 3.0+ approaches.
We live in and form part of a system of things of immense diversity and perplexity, which we call Nature; and it is a matter of the deepest interest to all of us that we should form just conceptions of the constitution of that system and of its past history. With relation to this universe, man is, in extent, little more than a mathematical point; in duration but a fleeting shadow; he is a mere reed shaken in the winds of force. But, as Pascal long ago remarked, although a mere reed, he is a thinking reed; and in virtue of that wonderful capacity of thought, he has the power of framing for himself a symbolic conception of the universe, which, although doubtless highly imperfect and inadequate as a picture of the great whole, is yet sufficient to serve him as a chart for the guidance of his practical affairs.
Carefully designed by an experienced PR professional, here is a reference-guide-handbook you can pick up and use immediately to serve your clients better, faster, and less expensively. Horton gives you short, easy-to-find, action-oriented explanations, dictionary-style, backed up by plenty of references to lead you to additional necessary information elsewhere. You'll also get an entire chapter devoted to hundreds of online sites ranked by their work value to you day-by-day--getting a fast take on exactly the information you need, when and how you need it. Each entry defines a topic; explains how it fits into public relations practice and why you should know it; discusses who uses it; suggests why it should be used to communicate more effectively and how to use it tactically. Horton's summaries of information from dozens of sources is clear and logical. Throughout his book, Horton strives to use simple language and to avoid burying practitioners in geek speak. He makes you aware of the opportunities and dangers of online in a way that balances the practical aspects of using and not using online resources daily work. An experienced navigator himself of the online world and the creator and webmaster of a website used widely by other PR practitioners, Horton brings to the book an understanding of the needs of others who want to get started and become proficient in online PR right away, without having to climb a long, high learning curve. The way the book is organized, and the things Horton has selected and how he presents them, accomplishes just that. The result is an easily accessed, quickly usable reference to the dynamics of Internet and Web usages, experienced and inexperienced PR professionals alike, and for their colleagues teaching or learning the profession in colleges and universities worldwide.
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