Higher Education

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

  • Ryan Watkins The George Washington University
  • Michael Corry The George Washington University
  • ISBN-10: 1439082456  |  ISBN-13: 9781439082454
  • 288 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2005
  • © 2011 | Published
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About

Overview

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.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.

Table of Contents

About the authors.
To instructors.
To students.
E-Learning readiness self-assessment.
1. SELECTING THE RIGHT OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUCCESS ONLINE.
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?
2. CREATE A PLAN FOR ONLINE SUCCESS.
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?
3. TECHNOLOGY TIPS FOR ONLINE STUDENTS.
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?
4. TIME MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES.
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?
5. DEVELOPING POSITIVE ONLINE RELATIONSHIPS.
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?
6. E-LEARNING VOCABULARY.
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?
7. MAINTAINING MOTIVATION IN AN ONLINE COURSE SELECTING COURSES.
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.
Glossary.
References and Recommended Readings.
Index.

What's New

  • 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.

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"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".

— Wendy Rybinski, Bisk Education

"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".

— Melissa Vosen, North Dakota State University

"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".

— Amber M. Epps, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

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

— Diana Nystedt, Palo Alto College

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College Success CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111475695 | ISBN-13: 9781111475697)

The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in your college success and study skills course in one place. Read your eBook, take notes, review flashcards, and take practice quizzes—all online with CourseMate for E-LEARNING COMPANION: A GUIDE TO ONLINE SUCCESS, 3rd Edition.

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College Success Factors Index 2.0, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111575568 | ISBN-13: 9781111575564)

Increase your success in college and maximize your college experience by using the College Success Factors (CSFI) Index. Take the 100-statement CSFI survey (which measures 10 different behaviors/attitudes proven to affect college success) and quickly determine your strengths and the areas where you can improve. The CSFI then proposes interventions to help you succeed, including specific pages in E-LEARNING COMPANION: A STUDENT'S GUIDE TO ONLINE SUCCESS, 3rd Edition.

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The Premium Website offers students links to numerous resources including interactive versions of the E-Learning Readiness Self-Assessment and chapter activities from the book; digital flashcards with the terms from the book's Glossary; the complete set of Tutorials; and information on avoiding plagiarism and evaluating online sources. For Instructors, a link to the Instructor Resources on the companion website includes an answer key for the chapter activities in the book, guidance on using the Tutorials, Integration Guides for using the E-Learning Companion along with other Cengage Student Success titles, and links to additional instructor resources.

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Student Supplements

College Success CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111475695 | ISBN-13: 9781111475697)

The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in your college success and study skills course in one place. Read your eBook, take notes, review flashcards, and take practice quizzes—all online with CourseMate for E-LEARNING COMPANION: A GUIDE TO ONLINE SUCCESS, 3rd Edition.

List Price = $61.00  | CengageBrain Price = $61.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $61.00

College Success Factors Index 2.0, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111575568 | ISBN-13: 9781111575564)

Increase your success in college and maximize your college experience by using the College Success Factors (CSFI) Index. Take the 100-statement CSFI survey (which measures 10 different behaviors/attitudes proven to affect college success) and quickly determine your strengths and the areas where you can improve. The CSFI then proposes interventions to help you succeed, including specific pages in E-LEARNING COMPANION: A STUDENT'S GUIDE TO ONLINE SUCCESS, 3rd Edition.

List Price = $36.00  | CengageBrain Price = $36.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $36.00

Premium Web Site Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495810517 | ISBN-13: 9780495810513)

The Premium Website offers you links to numerous resources including interactive versions of the E-Learning Readiness Self-Assessment and chapter activities from the book; digital flashcards with the terms from the book's Glossary; the complete set of Tutorials; and information on avoiding plagiarism and evaluating online sources.

List Price = $22.00  | CengageBrain Price = $22.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $22.00

College Success Factors Index v2.0 with Early Alert, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495908843 | ISBN-13: 9780495908845)

Increase your success in college and maximize your college experience by using the College Success Factors (CSFI) Index. Take the 100-statement personal success indicator—which measures your patterns of behavior and attitudes in 10 areas proven to affect college success—and get your personal results in a graphical display that makes it easy to quickly determine your strengths and target your areas for improvement. If your instructor has assigned a title-specific version of CSFI, you can use the suggestions for further reading to help strengthen those areas in order to achieve greater success in college.

List Price = $36.00  | CengageBrain Price = $36.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $36.00

College Success Factors Index v2.0 with Early Alert, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 0495908835 | ISBN-13: 9780495908838)

Increase your success in college and maximize your college experience by using the College Success Factors (CSFI) Index. Take the 100-statement personal success indicator—which measures your patterns of behavior and attitudes in 10 areas proven to affect college success—and get your personal results in a graphical display that makes it easy to quickly determine your strengths and target your areas for improvement. If your instructor has assigned a title-specific version of CSFI, you can use the suggestions for further reading to help strengthen those areas in order to achieve greater success in college.

List Price = $36.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $27.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Ryan Watkins

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 http://www.ryanrwatkins.com.

Michael Corry

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.