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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 2 customer reviews
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From the Back Cover

"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 (

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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HASH(0xa489569c) out of 5 stars The Survival Guide is a classic Sept. 6 2011
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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
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HASH(0xa4489be8) out of 5 stars Don't Lose This Book! Dec 9 2013
By David DiDonato - Published on
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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.
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HASH(0xa601a21c) out of 5 stars A Must Have if You Are Considering Teaching Online Aug. 27 2011
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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4493870) out of 5 stars You can't survive without it!!! Nov. 4 2014
By Damani J. Drew - Published on
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I found authors, Boettcher and Conrad's book to be extremely heavy with valuable resources and advice. You will find no better content out there pertaining to the subject matter on everything you need to know for organizing, strategizing, and designing your online course. You can't survive without it!!!
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HASH(0xa3cfdc84) out of 5 stars Great book on how to have a great online class Nov. 19 2013
By Christine Macdougall - Published on
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I thought that this was a great book to read for information on online teaching. The book is a very easy read that covers alot of material with great examples. The book had a great layout of how to design and teach an online course. The different phases were a great collection of ways to manage a great online class and how to motivate all of your students to participate and do well in the course. This is a book that I am planning on keeping for future reference. I wish more books were this easy to read and enjoy.