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A Classroom of One: How Online Learning is Changing Our Schools and Colleges


reviewed by David Stoloff — 2004

coverTitle: A Classroom of One: How Online Learning is Changing Our Schools and Colleges
Author(s): Gene Maeroff
Publisher: Palgrave/MacMillan, New York
ISBN: 1403960852 , Pages: 306, Year: 2003
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Gene Maeroff has provided the education community with a service through his status report on online learning and teaching in A Classroom of One:  How Online Learning is Changing Our Schools and Colleges. Recognizing the difficulties in chronicling the dynamic force of online learning, he notes that most of the book is written in the past tense, and the challenge of writing was like taking “a snapshot of a cyclone” (page xi).  Maeroff suspects that ultimately online courses “will work best and prove most attractive when directed at mature adult learners” (page xii).  The text begins with a global perspective on online learning for both K through 12 education and higher education.  Chapter 2 revisits the history of distance learning and concerns about content, design, and instruction.  Chapters 3 through 6 focus on the nature of interactions and facilitating conversations within online learning and the responsibilities of both the learners and the instructors in achieving successful experiences at a distance.  Chapters 7 and 8 raise the issues of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 413-416
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11182, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 6:25:41 PM

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  • David Stoloff
    Eastern Connecticut State University
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    DAVID STOLOFF is Professor and Chair of the Education Department at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Connecticut. He also coordinates an online Master of Science in Educational Technology program and the Connecticut State Department of Education-funded EFFECT Project (Experiences for Future Connecticut Teachers), which integrates web-based communications to recruit high school students into teaching. His research interests include online learning and teaching, international and cross-cultural education, and educational reform.
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