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Learning in Real Time: Synchronous Teaching and Learning Online Paperback – July 10, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0787979218 ISBN-10: 078797921X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (July 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078797921X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787979218
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Finkelstein presents skills needed by online facilitators…" (PsycCritiques, April 11 2007)


"Good instruction is all about people. Learning in Real Time focuses on people, relationships, and the power of human dialog. Instructors, learning technologists, and administrators will benefit from Finkelstein's commentary and common sense."
—Diana G. Oblinger, vice president, EDUCAUSE

"Jam-packed with extremely practical strategies and well-crafted activity ideas, Learning in Real Time goes well beyond the tools and deftly focuses on the process of effective live online learning and collaboration. Anyone teaching, presenting, coaching, or collaborating online will end up with a marked-up, highlighted, and dog-eared copy of this book parked next to their computer."
—Alan Levine, The New Media Consortium (NMC)

"Finkelstein's real-world guidance on real-time learning advances the cause of quality instruction–online and offline. This book represents an important contribution to the field."
—Deborah L.G. Hutti, associate vice president for educational services, Lake Land College

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Jonathan Finkelstein, CSTP, is a pioneer in the design and use of synchronous teaching and learning tools. Few people have spent more time in real-time online learning environments facilitating and working with others to create effective learning experiences worthy of the live online medium. Jonathan created the first certification program exclusively designed for educators and trainers teaching live online. He also co-founded one of the industry's first companies creating platforms for live teaching, learning, interaction, and collaboration over the Internet. Jonathan is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and serves on several editorial and advisory boards for journals and online communities of practice that serve education professionals.

Jonathan is the founder and Executive Producer of LearningTimes.org and the President of the LearningTimes Network. He has been designing and producing online learning conferences, communities, events and collaborative technologies for all of his professional life. Jonathan has worked closely with a wide range of learning-focused institutions ' such as the New York City Department of Education, the University of Hawaii, The Ohio State University, the Smithsonian, Columbia Teachers College, the World Bank, Intuit, MetLife, and the American Library Association ' to grow and maintain online learning communities and to foster human interaction live online. Many of his online programs and applications have been recognized with industry awards.

As the Executive Producer of LearningTimes.org, a free, worldwide community for education and training, Jonathan helps craft a wide variety of online forums ' both live and asynchronous ' in which education professionals collaborate and learn from peers and industry leaders. Jonathan has also led the formation and growth of the LearningTimes Network, a rapidly growing series of interconnected online learning communities, all of which feature opportunities for both formal and impromptu live online interaction and collaboration. The LearningTimes Network connects education-minded organizations of all kinds, fostering partnerships between educational institutions, associations, corporate entities, museums and other groups whose missions include reaching a global audience of learners.

The son of two New York City public school teachers, Jonathan is a Certified Synchronous Training Professional (CSTP) and received his AB degree cum laude from Harvard University.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julie Kuehl on October 13, 2007
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This book does a great job of giving an overview of the current state of synchronous learning, both technologies and experiences. The book does not question the value of online synchronous learning, but serves as a proponent and guide to the possibilities. There are also some good ideas on activities that can be done online and how to manage the environment. However, it is not intended to be a how-to guide or a recipe book on how to get a class up and running.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Open Your Eyes on July 12, 2012
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I am using this book for a dissertation about the pedagogical use of 3-D virtual worlds, which are really just a synchronous, shared virtual space. This book has added much to my understanding of sync technologies and I regret none of my instructional technology professors use it in their classes.

The author employs a good mix of practical information, with academic support for assertions made. The author also has a writing style that is inviting and informative. Clearly, he has developed a fair amount of scholarship with this content area and is deserving of respect from the reader. The length of the read is just right, too. It is hard to understand why some authors believe our modern society wants to read about something for 300-500 pages, and concurrently wonder why Wikipedia is so popular.

As a strong advocate of using synchronous technologies with all online learning, I find this to be a good read for anyone involved with online learning whether administering a program, teaching, or learning.
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By William Riddel on October 31, 2014
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Excellent all the way around. I would buy from them again. Very satisfied overall.
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