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Distance learning

Your computer holds the key to all types of learning activities. 

Your computer opens the way to learning and fun

No longer must you choose a class at a school near to your home or rearrange your schedule to meet class times that are inconvenient.

Distance learning opportunities offered by colleges and universities across the country let you earn HiSet, bachelor's, or master's degrees without leaving home.

In 2000-2001, 90% of public 2-year and 89% of public 4-year institutions offered 127,400 distance education courses.

Digital education : opportunities for social collaboration
edited by Michael Thomas.
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
New technologies are emerging that promise to transform the nature of teaching and learning. Those involved in education need to understand these changes and to examine their foundations. This timely new collection of theoretical and applied studies explores the pedagogical potential and realities of digital technologies in a wide range of disciplinary contexts across the international educational spectrum. By mixing content-based chapters with theory and case studies detailing actual teaching approaches, this volume provides a valuable resource for today's educators, students, and policymakers. Book jacket.
     
Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful Web tools for classrooms
Will Richardson.
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin, c2010.
Since the 2006 edition, more teachers and students have realized that learning is being transformed by Web media. But the former teacher/consultant who advocates for the use of Internet technologies in schools notes that many adults still don't have a clue as how to utilize these media for learning. Following background on the vision and development of "Read/Write" Web media, Richardson explains how educators use such tools as weblogs, wikis, RSS, and social networking media in the classroom. The book concludes with a day in the life of a teacher in this new learning environment. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
     
Homeschool your child for free
LauraMaery Gold and Joan M. Zielinski.
New York : Three Rivers Press, c2009.
Provide a solid education at home without breaking the bank. Introduced in 2000,Homeschool Your Child for Freegave countless parents the plan and peace of mind to get their kids’ education on the right track. Now, authors LauraMaery Gold and Joan M. Zielinski have revised and updated their popular guide, offering their expert homeschooling advice and information, plus new tools and resources to help you and your child succeed: • Complete curriculum plans for a comprehensive education, from preschool through high school • Where to find free online courses; NEW! • Ways to partner with public schools; NEW! • Legal guidelines and compliance requirements for home educators • Keys to graduating a homeschooler; NEW! • Developing personal finance management and life skills; NEW! • Teaching tips and motivators from successful homeschoolers • Career and vocational guidance; NEW! • And so much more! Comprehensive and clear,Homeschool Your Child for Freegives you access to free instructional material–from reading-readiness activities for preschoolers to science projects for teens–to help build a strong foundation that will last into adulthood. You don’t need to drain your bank account to guarantee a good education for your child. With a computer and the Internet, you have the largest library and laboratory right at your fingertips–all for free!
     
E-learning 2.0 : proven practices and emerging technologies to achieve results
Anita Rosen.
New York : AMACOM/American Management Association, c2009.
Rosen is a well-known author and consultant on corporate training issues, and she addresses the current trends in e-learning modules and shows how executives and managers can achieve the best results for their employees. The author states that despite the rising popularity of these online training and educational programs, many companies are having difficulties in assessing the effectiveness of e- learning. She develops an overview of e-learning best practices that are designed to ensure the cost-effectiveness of such technologies as Web 2.0, synchronous and asynchronous training, graphics and multimedia. The author also provides further instruction on developing an effective web course from scratch. Annotation #169;2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
     
Better than bullet points : creating engaging e-learning with PowerPoint
Jane Bozarth.
San Francisco : Pfeiffer, c2008.
"Better Than Bullet Points offers a guide for tapping into the force of PowerPoint and PowerPoint-based authoring tools (such as Articulate or Adobe Presenter) to create effective and memorable e-learning programs. Perfect for front-line trainers as well as instructional designers, this book includes step-by-step instructions and exercises for creating successful, compelling learning interactions. Better Than Bullet Points offers a wealth of information for harnessing the powerful features of PowerPoint, including everything from animation to tracking tools."--BOOK JACKET.
     
Make money teaching online : how to land your first academic job, build credibility, and earn a six-figure salary
Danielle Babb, Jim Mirabella.
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2007.
Did you know you could teach from home and earn a six-figure salary? Thousands of people make a great living teaching online courses from home, and the more classes they teach the more they earn! If you want into this exciting profession, this guide will show you how to get started, find great jobs, and earn more than you thought possible.
     

If you are more interested in taking courses to further your personal interests, sign up for fun learning experiences.  Maybe you would like to learn about digital photography, gourmet cooking, or new ways to use your computer.

Before signing up for online offerings, consider what

  • courses are available to meet your interests and needs 
  • the courses cost
  • financial aid is available
  • requirements needed to earn degrees and certifications
  • qualifications of the schools and teachers offering the courses   

No matter your age, interests, or occupation, learning is fun!

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff