Jump-Start Your Online Classroom
Mastering Five Challenges in Five Days

Paper: 978 1 62036 581 6 / $22.50
Published: July 2017  

Cloth: 978 1 62036 580 9 / $125.00
Published: July 2017  

Lib E-Book: 978 1 62036 582 3 / $125.00  
About Library E-Book

Published: July 2017  

E-Book: 978 1 62036 583 0 / $17.99
Published: July 2017  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
170 pp., 6" x 9"
2 figure, 8 tables
Every year, more online or technology-enhanced learning experiences are added to the landscape of education, and the number of students taking online courses on residential campuses continues to grow. In addition, new instructional tools are creating environments that are mobile, interactive, and collaborative. These trends present challenges to the online classroom, and this book will help instructors meet those challenges.

Jump-Start Your Online Classroom prepares a first-time online instructor to successfully manage the first few weeks of a course, including activities to help instructors plan, manage, and facilitate online instruction; and provides resources helpful during the beginning weeks of class. Each chapter is developed around the immediate challenges instructors face when teaching online. The authors address everyday problems and suggest solutions informed by their extensive research and experience. The five challenges, which are designed to be addressed in five days, are to:
• Make the transition to online teaching
• Build online spaces for learning
• Prepare students for online learning
• Manage and facilitating the online classroom
• Assess learner outcomes in an online classroom

The book is based on the authors’ design and facilitation model that identifies five elements comprising an online learning environment: digital tools, participants, social practices, learning community, and outcomes. The book shows how each of those aspects influences instructional practices and interacts to create an environment for a meaningful online educational experience.

Table of Contents:

1) The Online Environment

First Challenge: Making the Transition to Online Teaching
2) Are You Ready to Teach Online?
3) Addressing Concerns About Teaching Online
4) Thinking and Acting Like an Online Instructor

Second Challenge: Building Online Spaces for Learning
5) Building Spaces and Places for Learning

Third Challenge: Preparing Students for Online Learning
6) Preparing Your Students for Online Learning

Fourth Challenge: Managing and Facilitating the Online Classroom
7) Managing and Facilitating the Online Classroom

Fifth Challenge: Assessing Learner Outcomes
8) Assessing Learning in the Online Classroom
9) Reflecting on Your Experience
10) Challenge for the Future: Building Knowledge

About the Authors

Chapter 1
Instructor Resources Website

Reviews & Endorsements:
“Have you been tasked with conducting an online class and have no idea where to start? Or have you taught online courses before, but felt they were not effective? If so, then Jump-Start Your Online Classroom offers plenty of practical advice and resources to help you build an effective virtual classroom environment. [the authors] define five challenges—‘making the transition to online learning, building online spaces for learning, preparing students for online learning, managing and facilitat[ing] the online classroom, and assessing learner outcomes’—of online classroom development, and offer detailed plans for conquering each challenge. The authors organize the book to effectively discuss these challenges. Overall, this book could serve as a master class in establishing an online learning environment.”
- Technical Communication
"The brevity of Jump-Start Your Online Classroom should not be underestimated. Based on practical application of the content and concepts, its organization contains helpful hints on various aspects of successfully constructing a learner-centered, virtual classroom experience. The organization of the book is its greatest strength. Its five-day approach is based on five challenges: (1) Making the transition to online teaching, (2) Building online spaces for learning, (3) Preparing students for online learning, (4) Managing and facilitating the online classroom, and (5) Assessing learner outcomes. Although this book is marketed toward the novice online instructor, its approach, organization, and content make it a foundational tool that could have long-term value in troubleshooting and future course design.”
- Reflective Teaching