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Learning Online

The Student Experience

Online learning is ubiquitous for millions of students worldwide, yet our understanding of student experiences in online learning settings is limited. The geographic distance that separates faculty from students in an online environment is its signature feature, but it is also one that risks widening the gulf between teachers and learners. In Learning Online, George Veletsianos argues that in order to critique, understand, and improve online learning, we must examine it through the lens of student experience.

Approaching the topic with stories that elicit empathy, compassion, and care, Veletsianos relays the diverse day-to-day experiences of online learners. Each in-depth chapter follows a single learner's experience while focusing on an important or noteworthy aspect of online learning, tackling everything from demographics, attrition, motivation, and loneliness to cheating, openness, flexibility, social media, and digital divides. Veletsianos also draws on these case studies to offer recommendations for the future and lessons learned.

The elusive nature of online learners' experiences, the book reveals, is a problem because it prevents us from doing better: from designing more effective online courses, from making evidence-informed decisions about online education, and from coming to our work with the full sense of empathy that our students deserve. Writing in an evocative, accessible, and concise manner, Veletsianos concretely demonstrates why it is so important to pay closer attention to the stories of students—who may have instructive and insightful ideas about the future of education.

About the Author

George Veletsianos is the Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology and a professor in the School of Education and Technology at Royal Roads University. He is the author of Social Media in Academia: Networked Scholars.

Endorsements

"George Veletsianos is one of the top scholars of online learning. His very enjoyable book makes an important contribution to the research on the student experience in online learning."

- Claire Howell Major, University of Alabama, author of Teaching Online: A Guide to Theory, Research, and Practice

"Learning Online exemplifies a student-centered approach to online learning that is vital to achieving accessible and high-quality university education for all. The insights that emerge from Veletsianos's review of the online student experience will support learning as both process and product."

- Martha Cleveland-Innes, Athabasca University, coeditor of An Introduction to Distance Education: Understanding Teaching and Learning in a New Era

"Veletsianos provides an overview of decades of online learning research in a succinct and approachable manner. His focus on the student experience fills a void in the online learning literature. He does an outstanding job of questioning the assumptions of both advocates and critics of online learning, while advocating for a compassionate, flexible, responsive, and humane approach to learning online."

- Patrick Lowenthal, Boise State University

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