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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1st Edition edition (June 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470423536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470423530
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #144,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Online Teaching Survival Guide offers faculty a wide array of theory-based techniques designed for online teaching and technology-enhanced courses. Written by two pioneers in distance education, this guidebook presents practical instructional strategies spread out over a four-phase timeline that covers the lifespan of a course. The book includes information on a range of topics such as course management, social presence, community building, and assessment. Based on traditional pedagogical theory, The Online Teaching Survival Guide integrates the latest research in cognitive processing and learning outcomes. Faculty with little knowledge of educational theory and those well versed in pedagogy will find this resource essential for developing their online teaching skills.

Praise for The Online Teaching Survival Guide

"At a time when resources for training faculty to teach online are scarce, Judith Boettcher and Rita-Marie Conrad have presented a must-read for all instructors new to online teaching. By tying best practices to the natural rhythms of a course as it unfolds, instructors will know what to do when and what to expect. The book is a life raft in what can be perceived as turbulent and uncharted waters."
Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt, program directors and faculty, Teaching in the Virtual Classroom Program, Fielding Graduate University

"Developed from years of experience supporting online faculty, Judith Boettcher and Rita-Marie Conrad's book provides practical tips and checklists that should especially help those new to online teaching hit the ground running."
Karen Swan, Stukel Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Illinois Springfield

"This book blends a fine synthesis of research findings with plenty of practical advice. This book should be especially valuable for faculty teaching their first or second course online. But any instructor, no matter how experienced, is likely to find valuable insights and techniques."
Stephen C. Ehrmann, director, Flashlight Program for the Study and Improvement of Educational Uses of Technology; vice president, The Teaching, Learning, and Technology Group

About the Author

Judith V. Boettcher, Ph.D., is a consultant and author in online and distance learning at the University of Florida and with Designing for Learning (www.designingforlearning.info).

Rita-Marie Conrad, Ph.D., is an online faculty member at various institutions, including Florida State University. She is also coauthor of one of the Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning, Engaging the Online Learner.


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This book offers a ton of tips and referrals to valuable resources that I didn't know about before. It was the textbook for my instructional technology course and it was a good find.
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Easy to understand for those just entering the online teaching field
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The Survival Guide is a classic Sept. 6 2011
By Jean Ponder Soto - Published on Amazon.com
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The Online Teaching and Survival Guide by Judith V. Boettcher and Rita-Marie Conrad is an indispensible guide for online teaching. As promised in the subtitle, the book offers "Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips," but with a depth and breath that make it a classic.
I was the instructor at Santa Clara University for a faculty online class on how to teach blended and online courses. The Media Services staff selected Boettcher and Conrad's book as our class text.
We used the authors' insights into the stages of optimal online class development and the Ten Core Learning Principles as the foundation and structure for our class. The book is organized so that auxiliary tips can easily be referenced from the core principles and class stages. This organization brings the central processes of online teaching to the forefront; yet it allows for other important information to be integrated into the core without the reader being overwhelmed by the amount of helpful material.
The faculty who were class participants unanimously praised Boettcher and Conrad's book. Some said they were so inspired by the authors' sound and effective pedagogy that they used it to create better face-to-face classes. I would recommend this book without qualification to beginning as well as experienced online instructors. By Jean Ponder Soto
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Must Have if You Are Considering Teaching Online Aug. 27 2011
By Mary Jane Andrews - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book if you are new to teaching online. The "best practices" section is very thorough and provides detailed examples of how to implement them.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Don't Lose This Book! Dec 9 2013
By David DiDonato - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are constructing your very first on-line class, like I am currently doing, then this book is your "Bible". It is very thorough in both its scope and sequence -- an absolute must for the fledgling online instructor. Especially important is what Boettcher and Conrad do with "Building Community," which is the core of any well-designed and administered asynchronous online class.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book. A great reality check for teachers. Nov. 10 2012
By B Howell - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very thorough in laying out the many dimensions of online teaching, and how to navigate through them. The authors are systematic and clear, and their organization scheme for the material is very well considered: you feel as though you're moving through an online course as you read the book.

They make no bones about what a large undertaking an online class is for the teacher, but they give a lot of help toward doing it. Now that I've taught several online courses, I can testify that the authors are not overstating the amount of work involved for the teacher: maybe 5 times as much as for an in-person course, at least until you get a course into a more-or-less finished form. And I haven't yet done everything that they recommend in the book!

Although the writing gets a bit tediously academic in some places--I skimmed through those parts--this is overall an excellent book from excellent teachers. I haven't seen any that match it. (BTW, at the same time I purchased Making the Move to eLearning by Lehmann & Chamberlin. I'd give that one a miss. It wasn't specific enough for my needs.)

Note added October 2014: I recently finished a very fine online course with one of the authors (Rita Conrad). The subject was how to teach online, and this book was the main text. The course brought the book to life and helped me see what a valuable resource it will continue to be, while the book helped ground us students in specifics and in the trajectory of an online course. Rita definitely practices what she preaches.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Experienced-based organizational approach! Nov. 2 2014
By Danny L Adams - Published on Amazon.com
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The Online Teaching Survival Guide provides an experienced-based approach to understanding and actualizing the role and requirements for being an effective instructor-mentor in online courses. It identifies learner needs in the online environment and targets mentor strategies and actions to successfully meet those needs based upon course learning objectives.

The authors advocate the benefits of constructivism as an approach to learning that recognizes learners’ active building of knowledge structures from the interaction of their prior knowledge experiences with what they pay attention to upon engaging the course.

The book guides the reader by way of a scaffolding that consists of course phases from the beginning, through the middle, to its conclusion. The needs for both learners and mentors are discussed in a manner that brings understanding of the learner’s and the mentor’s perspectives relative to the course timeline. Also presented and discussed are tasks and activities to focus on core concepts and to open the way for learner self-awareness of cognitive advancement. Each phase contains tips for successful execution and management for learner-learner, learner-mentor, and learner-content interactions. Charts, tables, and figures provide additional clarity on the alignment of instructional tools and technologies with strategies, schedules, and intended outcomes.

I have been teaching in the online environment for over ten years; and while the ability to be more effective may come with experience, I am extremely grateful that this book offered me the ‘A-ha’ realization that had I incorporated the organizational structure and approach it articulates, my students and myself would have had richer learning experiences.

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