Thursday, 22 November 2012

E-Learning 101: It's not as tough as it looks - Dr. Liz Hardy

In six easy to read, straight talking lessons, E-Learning 101, dispels the myth that learning online is difficult, not worth the effort and unsociable.

A handy go to guide, each subject is dealt with in an informal almost jovial way so the reader understands not only how to get around the online management system they are using but why they may not want to learn via a computer as well as motivate them to complete a course undertaken.

With topics such as 'Who's afraid of technology?', 'How to study when you don't feel like it' and 'Too busy to study', Dr. Hardy gets down to the crux of the question. It asks the reader for the answers with 'Take Action' segments. It gets the student to really think about why or what they want out of the course; for example 'List 3 of your reasons for enrolling in the online course'.

The addition of various pictures of dogs with myriad of expressions removes the idea that this is another run of the mill 'how to' guide book. It says a lot without being condescending and anyone not sure about online courses would be motivated (and be confident) to get going after reading this book.

It's a guide that is quick to read. I've taken online courses before and would have been glad of guide such as this simply because Dr. Hardy motivates you, understands procrastination and makes you work out how to fit studying in to a busy life. Although seemingly aimed at adults, college and high school students would gain just as much - after all it'show they live right now - computers, social media...

With ten years experience in higher education, Dr. Hardy has helped thousands of online learners. Along with her site which makes e-learning more accessible, this additional 'pocket-guide' is a great back-up making this sphere of education not so daunting. A recommended read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author to review. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive critique.

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