CIDER session with Zane Berge

We would like to invite you to the next presentation in our series of free CIDER sessions. The session features a presentation and discussion with Dr. Zane Berge. Dr. Berge is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and an Adjunct professor at the University of Maryland University College. He has written several books and countless articles in the areas of moderating computer conferencing, training at a distance, and K-12 distance education.

Topic: Students’ Expectations and the Online Educational Experience

Whether students think about them or not, learners all enter the formal educational arena with certain expectations. For instance, they have expectations about their role as a student and expectations about the instructor’s role in the class. They have expectations about teamwork and how effectively they can communicate online compared with their abilities in an in-person classroom. They have perceptions about what constitutes good teaching and a “good course”. In short, students with any familiarity with formal education have ideas and expectations concerning just about every aspect of their current or future educational experience. Despite the fact that they often go unarticulated, how important are these perceptions and expectations to the student’s learning?

Important: This presentation will be supplemented with handouts. These handouts will be available from the session description at the CIDER website: We recommend that these handouts be downloaded and printed prior to the presentation. To join the session, please click on the link below within 30 minutes of the start time.

When: Friday, May 11th, 2007, 11am-12pm Mountain Standard Time
Where: Online via Elluminate at:

Please make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that we can use the Voice over IP functionality built into the web conferencing software. Please note that it is extremely important that you get your system set up prior to the start of the event. Please don’t wait until the day of the session to do this. Elluminate Live! is a Java application, so there may be a download to your Mac or PC the first time you use the software. Information on installing the necessary software and configuring your PC is available at in the “First Time Users” section.

The session will be recorded and available for future playback from


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