Episode 75

"Online Education: The 'For Dummies' Edition"

Duration 00:17:26      Recorded on March 06, 2010

In this episode, Dan Balzer and guest co-host Jonathan Finkelstein of LearningTimes, interview Susan Manning and Kevin Johnson, co-authors of the all new book Online Education for Dummies. They share some tips and highlights from their new work, and invite listeners to join them for their live online session during IOC 2010.

Show Notes:There's a new book out, and it was co-authored by LearningTimes Green Room's own Susan Manning together with Kevin Johnson. The book is Online Education for Dummies. It's a practical hands-on guide for anyone involved in learning online -- from admission to graduation.

NOTE: Susan and Kevin will be featured speakers during the 8th Annual International Online Conference (IOC) for Teaching and Learning (March 17-19, 2010). Join them online!

During this virtual book launch podcast, Susan and Kevin describe how useful the book is for online instructors and anyone creating online learning programs. It might be thought of as a manifesto for online learning. What do you need to do as an online facilitator to ensure your learners are having a meaningful experience? Some online instructors have already put the book on their course reading lists to serve as a guide for learners on how to get the most out of their online classes.

The authors talk about some of the tips they share, the process of collaborating to write the book, and how the fun, informal style associated with For Dummies books fit with their personalities. From the book jacket: "Online Education For Dummies explains the ins and outs of attending a virtual classroom, and provides you with the tools you need to hone your skills or obtain additional certification and degrees. This practical reference not only helps you get the most out of an online course, but also offers a wealth of advice to help you pick the one that matches your interests and needs."

About Us

The LT Green Room is a podcast for Renewal, Retooling and Conversations about Learning. It is co-hosted by Susan Manning and Dan Balzer and its show topics are often drawn from members of LearningTimes.org, a free online community of education and training professionals from across the globe. The LT Green Room gives listeners (and ourselves) an opportunity to reflect on what they're doing behind the scene that results in an effective learning experience.


Co-Host & Producer
Susan Manning
Co-Host & Producer
Dan Balzer
Executive Producer
Carl Heine
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