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Learning in Real Time: Synchronous Teaching and Learning Online


reviewed by Steve Terrell November 02, 2006

coverTitle: Learning in Real Time: Synchronous Teaching and Learning Online
Author(s): Jonathan E. Finkelstein
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 078797921X , Pages: 176, Year: 2006
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When first asked to review this book, my immediate reaction was, “Do we need yet another resource telling us how to use synchronous tools in an online environment? There is quite a bit of literature in this genre and most of it isn’t very helpful.” After reading Learning in Real Time, I should not have been so eager to include Finkelstein’s latest work in that group. The author builds on a sound pedagogical base and best practices in post-secondary education to demonstrate how educators can use synchronous tools to instruct, collaborate with, support, and engage students in an online learning environment. The book is a very well thought-out and informative guide to using synchronous tools in distance education; it will prove invaluable to anyone wanting to add a real-time presence to their online learning environments. Finkelstein, a recognized leader in the development and use of synchronous communication in online learning environments,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 02, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12822, Date Accessed: 7/22/2017 12:38:00 PM

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  • Steve Terrell
    Nova Southeastern University
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    STEVE TERRELL is a professor in the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences at Nova Southeastern University. His primary interest involves the identification of predictors of attrition from online learning environments. His recent publications include Supporting different learning styles in an online learning environment: does it really matter in the long run? in the Online Journal of Distance Education Administration and A Longitudinal Investigation of the Effect of Information Perception and Focus on Attrition in Online Learning Environments in the Internet in Higher Education. Dr. Terrell also serves as the Chair of the American Educational Research Association's Education and the WWW Special Interest Group and the editorial boards for several journals and conferences.
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