Monday, February 22, 2010

Live and Interative with the Authors of Online Education for Dummies

Date: Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
Time: 6pm Pacific / 9pm Eastern / 2am (next day) GMT (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
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Part of the Interview Series.

Join me for a live and interactive interview with Kevin Johnson and Susan Manning, the authors of Online Education for Dummies.  "Online Education For Dummies explains the ins and outs of attending a virtual classroom, and provides you with the tools you need to hone your skills or obtain additional certification and degrees. This practical reference not only helps you get the most out of an online course, but also offers a wealth of advice to help you pick the one that matches your interests and needs" (publisher's blurb.)

About Kevin Johnson:  "My interest in technology began when I was 14. I worked detasseling corn for a summer and saved up and bought a Commodore 64 (Whoooo! Hoooo!). I spent hours teaching myself to program, which later lead to a programming position with the University of Illinois. Anyone remember Plato terminals? I spent three years working with the Computer Adaptive Testing and Measurement team developing online study materials for domestic and international audiences.

"For the past twelve years, I have developed curriculum and taught in both academic and corporate environments. Even though I have taught multiple subjects, a majority of my teaching has centered on technology. After graduating with my Master of Education degree from the University of Illinois, I moved to California where I taught for a Business College. Due to my desire to save paper (not to mention the desire to no longer fight for the copy machine), I started providing lecture notes and other resources to students on CDs. As the Internet emerged, the college asked me to teach a web development course. It was a natural transition for me to move from burning CDs to placing course content on the web. Before I knew it, I was interacting with my students electronically and my interest in online education began. It was this interest that pushed me to participate in the Online Teaching and Learning program through California State University-Hayward.

"The online program through CSU is similar to the MVCR program offered by the Illinois Online Network (, where I have designed and taught online courses focusing in areas of online pedagogy, instructional design, web design, synchronous communication and more. I also facilitated a state-wide initiative whose goal was to develop a rubric outlining quality standards for online courses.
Recently, I served as the Coordinator of Instructor Support for the University of Illinois Global Campus ( In this position, I provided pedagogical and technical support to instructors, supervise the mentoring program, and participate in mentoring and evaluating instructors. I left this position to start my own education consulting compnay called The Cutting Ed, Inc. ( The company specializes in helping clients envision education and training for the 21st century. I also just finished coauthoring the book Online Education for Dummies with Dr. Susan Manning (shameless plug, I know. *smile* ).

"In January of last year, I decided to continue my education journey and have enrolled in a doctoral program through Nova Southeastern ( The program is a doctorate of education degree with a concentration in instructional technology and distance education ( One of the reasons this course is so important to me is the fact that my research looks at the institutional contributors to the job satisfaction level of distant adjunct faculty."

About Susan Manning:  Susan Manning teaches Instructional Design for Online Learning.
Professionally, Susan Manning is best known as a teacher’s teacher, that is developing faculty and preparing them to teach online.  She teaches courses in online learning, technology tools, the synchronous classroom and instructional design.  She also delivers workshops on adapting curriculum for online delivery, podcasting and selecting the right technology tools. She has taught hundreds of faculty, mostly from the Midwest, but occasionally drawing from Saudi Arabia, Denmark and Russia.

Susan is co-author of Online Education for Dummies along with Kevin Johnson.  Susan is also recognized as one of the early voices in educational podcasting. Currently, Susan is co-host of the LearningTimes Green Room podcast that explores themes in learning and technology.

Susan’s online career began more than 10 years ago when she was asked to investigate the possibility of training literacy volunteers online.  Knowing that she needed additional training and skills development, Susan became an online student and earned her certification as Master Online Teacher from the University of Illinois.  Additionally, she holds a Doctorate in Adult Education from Ball State University (1991), a Masters in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University (1983) and a Bachelors in Communications from Truman State University (1981).

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