I never planned to write a book, but when the world turned upside down in early 2020, I became the go-to person for everything virtual learning. I began to write and A Teacher's Guide to Online Learning was born.
Online learning is different than face-to-face learning. Let's not sugarcoat that.
Are you a K-12 educator who is teaching students over the internet with no face-to-face interaction? Online learning does present new challenges, but it can be really great for both student and teacher! Author Lindy Hockenbary tackles the most common questions of new online instructors, including:
How do you engage learners in a virtual environment?
How do you develop relationships with students whom you never see in person?
What does classroom management even look like in an online class?
How do you assess students when there is no way to know if they are looking up all the answers?
How do you ensure clear communication since you cannot stand over a learner's shoulder and ensure a task is accomplished?
How do you communicate with and support the families of online learners?
How do you ensure equity when students are never in the same physical space?
A Teacher's Guide to Online Learning addresses each of these questions head-on by presenting key takeaways to guide virtual learning design. Lindy brings her experience as a classroom teacher and instructional technologist to focus on the how-tos of remote learning. When it comes to educational technology, her motto is "use the tool that is right for the job." Every online teacher has to find what works best for their unique mix of teaching style, content area, learner demographics, individual learner personalities, and access to digital instructional tools. To provide a well-rounded perspective on the topic of online learning, other classroom teachers, school leaders, and instructional technologists have contributed to the book as well.
“Lindy takes all her experience helping learning practitioners leverage technology and packages it up in an easy-to-read and handy manual. This year as teachers have pivoted back and forth from in-person to online, they have all struggled to figure out how to utilize technology in a meaningful way. This book gives you the appropriate background and foundation to begin to make a difference in your students' online learning endeavors.” - Tom Lademann, LuminEd
This book was designed with K-12 teachers in mind, but the majority of information can be applied to higher education/postsecondary learning environments as well.
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What is Being Said About the Book
"Lindy Hockenbary’s book, A Teacher’s Guide to Online Learning, comes at just the right time as schools are bouncing between in-person and online teaching. Right now, teachers are looking for support in any way they can get it. This guide does just that, provide support for teachers and administrators as they approach teaching in a way they haven’t ever before. The book can be read cover to cover by novices and includes easy to understand explanations, examples, and options for every facet of online learning you can think of. More experienced online educators can pick and choose the chapter and topic that meets them where they are. From definitions of key terms to foundational strategies, from assessments to tools, this book has you covered. The Guide is littered with QR code links so the 21st Century reader can quickly pull up the resource or site on their device and be exploring along with Lindy. I was pleased to see the emphasis that was also made on considering the social emotional well-being of students during this time as well, a topic that is often overlooked in talking about online education strategies. A Teacher’s Guide to Online Learning is truly a handbook you can keep going back to time and time again."
— Jeff Horwitz, Interim Head of School at City Academy in St. Louis, MO
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