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Are your students prepared for the rigors of online learning? According to the US Department of Education 90% of two-year and four-year institutions currently offer some type of online course. As of 2010, 6.1 million students (31% of all college students) were taking at least one online course as a regularly scheduled part of their program. In addition, 65% of higher education institutions and 69% of for-profit institutions state that online learning is a critical part of their long-term strategy (Babson Survey Research Group). Many students appreciate the convenience of online courses, but are unaware of what it takes to be successful online learners. PLUGGED IN provides a framework and launching pad for an online education basic skills program that supports student preparedness and retention by attacking the main areas of deficiency found among online students: Basic technological skills Critical reading, writing, and thinking skills Self-discipline and ability to schedule their time An understanding of the rigorous expectations of an online program When students learn and apply the four fundamentals of online learning outlined in PLUGGED IN -- Motivation, Self-Discipline, Communication, and Commitment -- they set themselves up for success in all of their courses.

Joel English, Centura College

After receiving his Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric from Ball State University, Dr. English became an Assistant Professor of Professional Writing and Distance Learning at Old Dominion University. In 2002, he transitioned to Centura College to strategize and build the fully online campus, innovating education, administration, student services, technology, finance, and infrastructure for a quality online institution. He now serves as the Regional Director at Centura College, presiding over seven campuses including the online campus. Dr. English is a Commissioner for the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges where he chairs the Distance Education Committee. He has written several articles on the use of educational technology within the writing classroom.
  • When students take online courses, they need a solid base of technical skills, ample technology experience, and both familiarity and confidence using the Internet. However, many new students come to online courses feeling that they need a jumpstart with technology, fearing that their computer might be too old and their skills may be too weak to succeed online without help. Chapter 2: Computer Skills and Access and Online Technology Bootcamps review the basics and guide students through hands-on exploration of important technology concepts. The Bootcamps offer video instruction that will make sure students understand the technology how-to's they need to succeed.
  • Because students are used to writing within Facebook, Twitter, text messages, and other informal spaces, they often allow the informal language to creep into their formal writing. Chapter 8: Online Writing Environments will help students be aware of their audience, consider the goals of the writing, and think about the environment they're working in.
  • Student friendly, interactive features such as Boot Up, Sync In, Reflection Dock, and Talk it Out allow students to continuously connect to material and check their understanding important concepts.
  • Part of creating a successful environment for students will be communicating their academic needs to their family members and winning their support so they will understand their needs as a student. The Road Sign feature found throughout the text will guide students to communicate a strategic educational need to the people they live with or interact with every day.
  • The Plug In feature will help students apply concepts, carve out the time and space needed to succeed, and practice strategies for success.
  • The Student Voice feature highlights short case studies written by successful online students, focusing on specific aspects that led to their success. The Student Voice segments allow students to express the importance of working with school staff, finding community among peers, prioritizing time, working with student financial advisors, and other principles.
1. Online Student Success: Deploying the Four Fundamentals.
The Realities of Being a College Student. Fundamental 1: Motivation. Fundamental 2: Self-Discipline. Fundamental 3: Communication. Fundamental 4: Commitment.
2. Computer Skills and Access: Gaining and Keeping the Technology You Need.
Technical Preparation for an Online Program. Hardware: Knowing Your Computer. Software: Figuring Out What Your Computer Can Do. Connectivity: Getting onto the Internet. The Online Classroom: Getting to Class. Your Workspace: Controlling Your Environment.
3. Academic Integrity: The Ethics of an Online Student.
Academic Professionalism versus Academic Dishonesty. The Spectrum of Plagiarism. Maintaining Your Academic Integrity. Ask Your Teachers to Review Early Drafts. Knowing Your Institution's Plagiarism Policy.
4. Time Management: Understanding the Myth of Convenience.
Convenient Does Not Mean Easy. Avoid Common Distraction.
5. Academic Readiness: Assessing Your Learning Style and Educational Preparedness.
Preparing for College Coursework. Learning About How You Learn. Checking Your Attitude About Education.
6. Critical Thinking: Refining Your Academic Skills.
Becoming a Critical Thinker. Benefitting from Diversity. Critical Reading Skills. Critical Research Skills.
7. Strategic Learning Practices: Memorizing, Reading, Studying, and Taking Notes Efficiently.
Strengthening Your Memory and Preparing Your Mind. Reading College Textbooks. Assignments and Exams. Lecture Note-Taking.
8. Online Writing Environments: Communicating Effectively within Computer Spaces.
Knowing Your Audience: The Basics of Online Writing. Formal Writing Environments. Informal Writing Environments. Social Networking Sites.
9. School Resources: Taking Control of Student Support Services.
Educational Resources. Financial Services. Administrative Policies.
10. Financial Literacy: Staying Smart about your Academic and Personal Finances.
Becoming Financially Responsible. The Basics of Student Finances. Managing Your Financial Aid. Reducing Your Personal Debt.

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"I am first struck by how well the author understand the needs of an online student and how different it is to be an online student instead of a traditional student in a classroom. I am excited to see a whole chapter dealing "aggressively" with the technology knowledge needed to be an online student."

"I think this is the perfect "prescription" for online students. This book teaches the particular online student that it will not be easy, they need to be self-motivated, persistent and goal oriented. These are things that as teachers we want all of students to be whether it is online or face to face. This text does a great job addressing the online student and it engages them into the "college world"."

"This book helps to navigate the uncharted waters of online learning. It is one of the first texts to directly address the challenges of being an online student."

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Online Instructor's Resource Manual

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This online IRM provides teaching suggestions, additional activities, and exercises by chapter.

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Cengage Learning's College Success CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Watch student comprehension soar as your class works with the printed textbook and the textbook-specific website. College Success CourseMate goes beyond the book to deliver what you need! College Success CourseMate includes: An interactive eBook with highlighting, note taking and search features Interactive learning tools, including: Quizzes Technology Bootcamp Videos Audio Chapter Overviews by Joel English Online versions of Sync Into, Student Voice, and Plug Into activities, among others …and more--all for less than the price of a used book.

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