Item description for Critical Challenges and Barriers to Online Learning- Nontraditional Adult Students in a Nontraditional Teacher Licensing Program by Lori Tanner...
Older adult students are drawn to distance education because of the need to balance career, family, and continuing education responsibilities conveniently, effectively, and efficiently. When contemporary technologies are integrated into the educational environment, the lack of familiarity with these tools creates barriers to learning. With teacher shortages in certain fields, distance education may address this crisis. This book offers recommendations for implementing online teaching training for nontraditional students. They must have clear paths of communication available especially when social inclusion is limited by the online format; learning new pedagogy is secondary until a level of technology competency has been reached; the adult students will commit to learning when the goals and objectives are applicable and practical to their personal and professional needs; these nontraditional adult students have competing priorities and struggle with balancing family responsibilities, job obligations, and commitment to the program; this is only exacerbated by the state, university, and program assessment demands required. The book targets teacher educators and educational researchers.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.45" Width: 6.69" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Jun 8, 2007
Publisher VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller e.K.
ISBN 383641757X ISBN13 9783836417570
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Reviews - What do customers think about Critical Challenges and Barriers to Online Learning- Nontraditional Adult Students in a Nontraditional Teacher Licensing Program?
It's not just about the curriculum Oct 21, 2007
What is unique about Dr. Tanner's book is how well it captures the essence of complications related to online distance learning systems. It's not just about delivering information to students for purposes of learning. Clearly numerous challenges face both the student and the instructors as relates to learning in this format. I was particularly interested in the data presented concerning the trials faced by traditional professors in attempting to use this learning delivery process. Also as one who is reasonably computer literate I was surprised to find how many teachers (in her treatise the students) had difficulty with the online format because of lack of computer and online proficiency.
For anyone planning to participate in an online learning format, whether as student or instructor, this is a must read.
Excellent Sep 10, 2007
Dr. Tanner's treatment of the student in this setting is indeed "cutting edge". With the explosion of online courses to accomodate the increased educational requirements of teachers (M.Ed, etc.), it is absolutely critical to understand the challenges. What I found especially useful was Dr. Tanner's use of actual "work in the trenches" to buttress her premises.
I highly recommend this book for any organization (college, professor) that is considering starting an online program to accomodate non-traditional students or distance learners. It is better to learn from the research than to "reinvent" the wheel on your own. It is a pretty cheap investment in any meaningful educational program.
BTW, Shame on those cheating students.
Controversy + Research = Good Read Sep 3, 2007
Tanner's book provides intriguing controversy embedded in quality research. Beyond presenting common challenges to an online learning program, Tanner encountered an interesting situation of participants (teachers) caught cheating in the program. Although the hybrid (online and face-to-face) program was intended to help participants pass the Praxis II exam, the pressures they felt to succeed in a voluntary credentialing program lead them to subversively cooperate to the potential detriment of their own Praxis scores...ie: they cheated! Tanner is able to expose an interesting irony, in that these educators would not tolerate their own students cheating, yet they felt it necessary to do so themselves. Is this perhaps a telling fact about the pressures and "successes" of the No Child Left Behind and Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) mandates? Tanner cleverly manuevers around this situation by describing it as "atypical behavior" in order to protect the research subjects, and to maintain "political correctness" even in academia. Not only a useful resource for anyone planning to implement or improve a program of distance learning, but also a provocative read.
Guide for Online Learning Aug 22, 2007
This book is a thorough research guide for educational researchers working in the field of technology and distance learning. A key important aspect that Tanner identifies is the very different educational needs of adult students. I would highly recommend this book as it was a great reference for my own research!
Excelletn Aug 6, 2007
This is an excellent source. Would make a great text for a college course.