New book 'Live Online Learning: strategies for the web conferencing classroom'

This new title in the Palgrave 'Teaching and Learning' series aims to inspire new and experienced web conferencing facilitators. It draws on research and teaching undertaken in the School of Education at the University of Aberdeen to provide practical suggestions for facilitators and demonstrate how web conferencing can provide accessible and flexible learner centred experiences.

Members of the School of Education’s current and past staff have

contributed to ‘Live online learning: strategies for the web conferencing classroom’, which is published in May 2014. The original concept for the book emerged during discussions amongst the team who were involved in the design and implementation of an online Teaching Qualification for Further Education programme. Web conferencing is used extensively throughout this programme to provide interactive learning experiences and opportunities for learner collaboration. The book also draws on research carried out by the team, which has investigated learners’ and facilitators’ experiences in virtual classrooms. It offers insights into the challenges and potential of live online learning and includes stories from tutors and learners that highlight effective practice and common problems. Creative and innovative strategies for teaching and learning based on good practice and research evidence are outlined. The book also includes examples of resources and activities that can be used and adapted for live online learning in further and higher education as well as training environments.