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Many books recommend teaching and learning strategies based on current learning research and theory. However, few books offer illustrative examples of how to take these strategies and put them into action in the real world. The Online Learning Idea Book is filled with concrete examples of people who make learning more inspiring and engaging every day, in all kinds of settings, all over the world. In this second volume of The Online Learning Idea Book you will find brand new and valuable ideas that you can adopt or adapt in your own instructional materials, to make them more dynamic and more worthwhile for learners and learning. These ideas will let you peek over the shoulders of some of the world's most creative instructors, instructional designers and developers, trainers, media developers, and others in order to help spark creative ideas of your own. This hands-on resource will help you build online instructional materials or improve existing materials including online courses, modules, activities, or supplementary materials for classroom-based courses. This book provides great tips, techniques, and tricks in the following areas: The Design and Development Process, Supporting Learning, Synchronous and Interpersonal Activities, Asynchronous and Self-Paced Activities, and NS Better Media. Within these pages you will discover creative ways to give your online and blended instruction a boost by adopting and adapting great ideas from others.
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List of Figures and Exhibits ix Acknowledgments xv Preface xvii Introduction 1 Chapter 1: Ideas for the Design and Development Process 7 Aligning Objectives 8 From Topics to Tasks 12 Online? Yes, No, Maybe So 15 Idea Title: Complexity Analysis 25 Frustration Reduction Checklist 29 Better Collaboration with Your Subject-Matter Expert 32 Multiple-Choice Question Checklist 36 Story-Based Learning v2 39 Chapter 2: Ideas for Supporting Learners and Learning 47 Survival Skills 48 Rules of Engagement 52 Team Review Form 57 Motivation Matters 60 Virtual Campus 64 Read Me First! 69 Pre-Work Verifi cation 72 Accountability Check-In 75 My Personal Learning Network 78 Reading Guide 82 Combating the Free-Rider 87 Learning Log 91 Project Grading Checklist 95 Life Web 101 Reminder Tips 105 Celebrate 108 Installment Plan 111 Chapter 3: Ideas for Synchronous and Social Learning 117 Open House 119 Roll Call 123 Reenergizing Lectures with Insert-Learner-Activity-Here Strategies 126 Group Formation 130 Better Connections with Online Learners 135 Comments, Please 140 Easy Collaborative Documents 143 Virtual Job Interviews 146 Who Are You? Alternative Online Meet-and-Greet Tactics 149 Making Connections 153 Alternative Structures for Online Discussions 157 "Rad" Libs 165 Nonverbal Cues 168 Online Classroom Clickers 171 Online vs. On-Campus Competition 175 Polling for Engagement 177 Back in the Day, Facebook Style 180 Side by Side 184 Turn Up the Music 188 YouTube YouTalk 192 Wiki Review 195 Word Me 199 Chapter 4: Ideas for Self-Paced Learning 203 Branched Scenarios with Three Cs and Placeholder Content 205 Talking Head Video, CNN-Style 210 Bad Advice? 215 Point It Out 219 Simulate It 222 Who's Who 227 Got a Clue? 231 Reduce OnScreen Text 235 My Own Path 242 Chapter 5: Ideas for Media and Authoring 249 Lose the Worn-Out Images, Up the Creativity 250 Pecha Kucha for Learning 253 Find the Right PowerPoint Clip Art 257 PowerPoint Clip Art Surgery 261 PowerPoint Graphics Library 266 Show to Tell 271 First-Person Point of View 277 Create a Television in PowerPoint 280 Easy Video 285 VoiceThread Virtuosity 288 Cheap Stock Photos 293 Silhouette Characters 297 Create Polaroid-Like Images 302 Word Clouds 305 EZ Forms 309 Recording Better Audio 317 Easy Mobile Learning Content: PowerPoint to MP4 321 Rollover Slidelets for Nonrectangular Rollover Areas in Captivate 5 326 Easier Multi-Language Captivate 5 Application Simulations Captions 331 Easier Multi-Language Captivate 5 Simulations Narration 336 Easier Reformatting of Captivate 5 Captions 340 Creating a Slide Replay Button in Captivate 5 344 Using System Variables in Captivate 5 347 Adding a Non-Articulate Flash File as a Tab in Articulate Presenter 351 Linking from Engage to Specifi c Presenter Slides 357 Adding PDFs to Articulate Presenter Projects 361 Embed Articulate Quizmaker Quizzes (or Articulate Engage Interactions) into Adobe Presenter Presentations 366 Glossary 373 About the Editor 377

Patti Shank, PhD., CPT, is the president of Learning Peaks LLC, an internationally recognized performance and instructional design consulting firm. She is the co-author of Making Sense of Online Learning, editor of The Online Learning Idea Book, Volume 1, co-editor of The E-Learning Handbook, and co-author of Essential Articulate Studio '09.

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Patti Shank , PhD., CPT, is the president of Learning Peaks LLC, an internationally recognized performance and instructional design consulting firm. She is the co-author of Making Sense of Online Learning , editor of The Online Learning Idea Book , Volume 1, co-editor of The E-Learning Handbook , and co-author of Essential Articulate Studio '09 .

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