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  • Series: Essentials of Online Learning
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (January 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415873002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415873000
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.5 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Marjorie Vai has been directly involved with online education and training for almost 25 years. Most recently, she designed and developed the online Masters Degree Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL) at The New School, New York.
Kristen Sosulski is an assistant professor of information systems and the Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at NYU Stern

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Easy to read, concise - I read it in a weekend.
Lance Scaife-Elliott
This is a great resource for those who are new to online courses.
Michael J.Severs
Useful guide for online faculty or course designer.
Celito C. Macachor

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Adrienne Wheeler, Ed.D. on February 2, 2012
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This book provides thorough yet succinct coverage of online class design and implementation. Authors Vai and Sosulski have distilled the material under study and presented only what is essential thereby accomplishing what instructors who meet with students face-to-face as well as instructors who deliver their instruction online should strive to do. The third and fourth chapters promote clear concise writing and visually appealing, uncluttered page layout. One of the exemplary lessons shows how the instructor breaks up or chunks a lesson into a series of sections: students read; examine pictures; reflect upon the content provided and complete a small project. Students will retain this lesson because they have an opportunity to apply the new information right away and yet they are not given too much content to wade through. People enrolled in online classes are often highly motivated but struggling with time constraints so a well-organized lesson that can be completed in one sitting is probably most beneficial for them.

"Essentials of Online Course Design: A Standards-Based Guide" also addresses online course standards, assessment, creating course objectives, student engagement and course technology. This book is a fraction of the size of comparable "how to design/implement an online course" books so reading the entire book when you need to design/implement an online course is practical and will give you the satisfaction of knowing that you have received the full import of this highly recommended guidebook.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John D. Rogers on March 15, 2011
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I've been creating and delivering online education materials since the mid 1990s. In talking with others in the field I've noticed a lot of enthusiasm for moving coursework online, but little in the way of structured, practical guidelines about how to do so effectively. Too many educators move a syllabus online without carefully considering how best to adapt it to an online student population.

"Essentials of Online Course Design: A Standards-Based Guide" will be an incredibly valuable resource to new and seasoned educators with an interest in online education. Using its clear, well documented approach will enable them to develop online courses that satisfies the pedagogical needs of their students in a creative, engaging manner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Malbrizio on April 11, 2012
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The book is extremely useful. I am starting a new job as an instructional designer and I plan to use the standards as my checklist when auditing courses. Furthermore, I plan to use the book as a foundation for any workshops that we will be hosting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael J.Severs on March 17, 2011
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This is a great resource for those who are new to online courses. I've been teaching on campus courses for over a decade and this Spring I am teaching my first experience an online Art & Design Education course for Parsons The New School for Design. In the class we have discussed the challenges to teaching and communicating efficiently online. This book offers some great hands on steps to help set up your course and things to keep in mind during the semester. - Dina Weiss
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By tdreader on January 5, 2013
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They content was ok, a little too geared for university type courses. Would have much preferred a paper version as the kindle one was poorly formatted, text cut of, did not translate well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Foley McCabe on September 13, 2012
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Finally, a clearly written and thorough book about online course design.

I have worked in the field of online faculty development for over 20 years and am so pleased to have a resource that describes the challenges of online curriculum design from a grounded pedagogical point of view. Essentials of Online Course Design: A Standards-Based Guide addresses the most frequently asked questions I encounter in my work with faculty who are new to online teaching and offers a model of intelligent design - in both content organization and visual presentation. It will be a new staple for my teaching.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel O. Ludwigsen on May 3, 2012
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If you've ever been to a workshop on active learning where the presenter followed none of the best practices, you'll appreciate this little book. The authors conceived of a resource that adheres to the advice of John Maeda in Laws of Simplicity, 2006, and designed the book with the same principles they advocate for online course design. I read it over a weekend, but will be referring back to it again and again as I transition an elective science course to an online delivery format.

This book is helping me--not only make the transition, but improve the course.

The one disappointment: the accompanying website is currently not available, but I hope to see it soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Isenhour on March 5, 2013
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I'm currently an EdD student in an educational technology leadership program. Among other things, I study the theories behind the advice that Vai gives in this text. I have a high level of interest in those theories, and I'm aware of the difficulties that can arrive from clumsy and misguided attempts to apply theory to practice.

However, most educators teaching online classes are just not that interested in instructional design or multimedia theory. Most of them want to design a functional class so that they and their students can focus on achieving their course objectives.

This book is good for both educators and those who handle technology policy. Vai's text is successful because it focuses on the practical but supports her clear advice with theory where necessary. All educational technologists that work directly with faculty should aim for the same sweet spot.
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