Activity Design and Instruction in Online Learning

Authored by: Vanessa P. Dennen

Handbook of Distance Education

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415897648
eBook ISBN: 9780203803738
Adobe ISBN: 9781136635571


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The first edition of this handbook included a discussion of what was perceived as a pedagogical void in the world of online instruction (Bonk & Dennen, 2003). At that time, the move toward implementing online instruction was far outpacing research. The first generation of online classes tended to center around email. Basic asynchronous discussion board activities or synchronous interactions via text chat tools were included when they were feasible considering technological, administrative, and pedagogical concerns. Content typically was provided via static Web pages.

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