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E-Learning Companion: A Student's Guide to Online Success 3rd Edition

Ryan Watkins, Michael Corry

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2008, 2005
  • 288 Pages


This text serves as a resource and quick-reference guide for any course that demands technology skills. E-LEARNING COMPANION shows students how to adapt previously mastered skills—such as time management, note-taking, and critical thinking—to the online environment. The text also serves as a bridge for students who may be familiar with technologies such as real-time chats, online discussion boards, and e-mail as recreational tools, but have not learned how to apply these in a learning environment. Students learn technical terminology and how to troubleshoot, which allows them to become more flexible and capable learners. The skills they gain will support them throughout college and their future careers. The Third Edition features thoroughly updated, expanded, and edited content to ensure that it remains relevant for today's college students.

Ryan Watkins, The George Washington University

Ryan Watkins, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Educational Technology Leadership Program at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Watkins has also been a visiting researcher with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and has served as vice president representing the United States in the Inter-American Distance Education Consortium (CREAD). Besides the E-Learning Companion, Dr. Watkins has authored seven additional books, including 75 E-Learning Activities: Making Online Courses More Interactive (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2005); A Guide to Assessing Needs: Tools for collecting information, making decisions, and achieving development results (World Bank, 2012); and The Handbook of Improving Performance in the Workplace - Selecting and Implementing Performance Interventions (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2009). For more information, visit

Michael Corry, The George Washington University

Michael Corry, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Director of the Educational Technology Leadership Program at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Corry is intimately involved with the course design, delivery, and management of this pioneering program delivered via distance education. Dr. Corry's research interests include distance-learning theory, distance-learning policy, faculty development, asynchronous learning, the integration of technology into K–12 and higher-education settings, instructional design, and human–computer interaction. He has numerous publications and presentations related to his research interests, including Distance Education: What Works Well (Haworth Press, 2003), for which he was the lead editor. He has also designed and delivered faculty-development workshops involving technology. Dr. Corry holds a doctorate degree from Indiana University in Instructional Systems Technology. Before coming to George Washington University, he taught at Indiana University, as well as at the high-school level in Utah.
  • New! Try Something New features identify free Web-based tools like Twitter and Google Docs that you and your students can use to improve communications, manage time, share resources, and stay organized.
  • Tips for Online Security and Privacy have been added and advice on avoiding plagiarism and copyright violations has been expanded, including a new worksheet and more examples in Chapter 3.
  • Coverage of emerging e-learning technologies such as social-networking, online file sharing, wikis, and blogs helps students who may have used these tools outside the classroom apply them to a learning environment.
  • How-To Tutorials on Google Docs, Angel, and Mozilla join the existing tutorials on Blackboard, WebCT, and eCollege.
  • A spiral-bound format and smaller size make for convenient use in a campus computer lab or at home.
  • The E-Learning Readiness Self-Assessment helps students evaluate their readiness for online success. Students can use the self-assessment to guide their own preparation. Alternatively, instructors can use the quiz as a group evaluation for identifying which e-learning study skills they should emphasize in their course.
  • Student-to-Student Tips are recommendations based on the experiences of students from around the world who have completed online course assignments and activities.
  • Quick Reference Guide offers a variety of tips and recommendations on such topics as e-mail, online discussion boards, listservs, online exams, and e-research in one convenient place.
  • How-To Tutorials provide students with step-by-step instructions for completing many of the online skills that are discussed in the text.
About the authors.
To instructors.
To students.
E-Learning readiness self-assessment.
Increasing the Odds of Your Success. Be Realistic with Your Time. Review Distance-Learning Options. Consider the Timing. Balance Your Academic and Work Commitments. Balance Your Academic and Personal Commitments. Get Your Feet Wet: Take an Online Course of Personal Interest. Review Prerequisite Requirements. Verify Your Support Services. Summary. Chapter 1 exercise. Did you stay focused?
Planning for Online Success. Setting Realistic Expectations of Online Coursework. Common Misconceptions of Online Coursework. Clarifying Personal Expectations and Setting Goals. Building Comprehension Skills. Establishing Study Times. Creating an Effective Study Environment. Planning with Learning or Physical Disabilities in Mind. Familiarizing Yourself with the Course Design. Staying in Touch. Creating an Effective Plan. Summary. Chapter 2 exercise. Did you stay focused?
Tips for Before-Online Coursework Begins. Tips for Evaluating Online Resources. Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism and Copyright Violations. Tips for Online Security and Privacy. Timesaving Technology Tips. Tips for Accessibility. Tips for Managing Your Files. Tips for Using the World Wide Web. Tips for Downloading. Tips for Searching the World Wide Web. Tips for Choosing a Search Engine. Tips for Using Your Web Browser. Tips for Using Email. Tips for Using Microsoft Word. Tips for Using E-Books. Tips for Technology Support. Developing a Technology Contingency Plan. Summary. Chapter 3 exercise. Did you stay focused?
Success Strategy One: Don''t Procrastinate. Success Strategy Two: Don''t Wait for Perfection. Success Strategy Three: Combine Activities. Success Strategy Four: Don''t Expect Your Instructor to Always Be Online. Success Strategy Five: Keep to a Schedule
Success Strategy Six: Use Your Free Time Wisely. Success Strategy Seven: Learn to Say No. Success Strategy Eight: Make Use of Technology. Success Strategy Nine: Manage the Time That You Spend Online. Success Strategy Ten: Know Your Studying Prime Times. Summary. Chapter 4 exercise. Did you stay focused?
Online Relationships. Making a Good First Impression Online. Effective Online. Communications Tips. Staying Organized Online. Adding a Personal Touch. Attachment Etiquette. Getting to Know Your Instructor. Creating a Supportive Online Learning. Community. Summary. Chapter 5 exercise. Did you stay focused?
Understanding the Basic Lingo. Checking Technology Requirements. Familiarizing Yourself with Required Hardware. Familiarizing Yourself with Required Software. Summary. Chapter 6 exercise. Did you stay focused?
Finding an Application. Keeping Your Goals in Mind. Developing Your Motivational Support System. Visualizing Your Success. Communicating with Your Instructor. Being an Active Participant. Rewarding Yourself Throughout the Semester. Developing Healthy Habits. Summary. Chapter 7 exercise. Did you stay focused?
Quick Reference Guide.
How-To Tutorials.
References and Recommended Readings.

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  • ISBN-10: 1133373712
  • ISBN-13: 9781133373711
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  • ISBN-10: 1439082456
  • ISBN-13: 9781439082454
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  • RETAIL $89.95

"E-Learning Companion is a comprehensive learning tool that provides a foundation for all online learners. It is an invaluable reference book that all online learners should use throughout their studies".

"The E-Learning Companion is a supplemental text that would be a great addition to any online introductory course. The Companion addresses common concerns and roadblocks distance students typically encounter: time management / procrastination, technology issues, and online student-instructor relationships".

"The E-Learning Companion provides tutorials that cover several course management systems and operating systems, making it good for students, no matter what platform they are using".

"Excellent, excellent. [The chapter exercises] provide pertinent practice that will set a strong foundation for the course. Fabulous!"

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CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781133964568
College Success CourseMate includes: An interactive eBook with highlighting, note taking and search features Interactive learning tools, including: Interactive Quizzes Glossary The E-Learning Readiness Self-Assessment How-To Tutorials.


CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781133964568
Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Maximize your course success with the integrated eBook and chapter-specific learning tools that include flashcards, quizzes, videos, and more in your CourseMate. Key Features: Interactive eBook, Engagement Tracker, Learning Objectives, Tutorial Quizzes, Glossary and Flashcards, and Web Links and References.