About the Book

How to Ace Your Online Course was born out of a need: to help students gain advantages by sharing with them what instructors and administrators know about online education. We felt that many students, particularly returning students with busy lives, needed a detailed guide to online education that would include the specific techniques needed for success in online education. Online schools often tell instructors exactly how they are to grade student work. We thought it only fair to let students in on the methods of grading used by the majority of online schools. In addition, we thought it would be a great service to students to compile all the advice we have given students over the years in a single document. Once started, we kept adding material. Before it was all done, we included advice from researchers in educational theory, a model research paper, best practices for group projects, and even advice about how to get the most from your education after you graduate. We believe there is no other book like How to Ace Your Online Course. Administrators and instructors will benefit from reading it too.

We'll have more information about the book and online education in the future. Please use our contact information if you are interested in finding out more about how the book might be used in online orientation courses at your school.


About the Authors

Anthony Birch

Anthony Birch worked in several areas of engineering and technology, including some assignments as a technical writer and a software salesman, before earning his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the City University of New York Graduate School in 1999. Shortly after that, he earned a MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) certificate and also took graduate courses on the theory of online education. He has taught at several traditional colleges including the American University in Bulgaria. He has taught at four online universities where he designed courses in Business Ethics, Contemporary Ethical Issues, and Introduction to Philosophy. The Introduction to Philosophy course includes a textbook, 500 quiz questions, weekly discussion questions, writing assignments, and 50 web-enabled learning objects.

William Haney

Dr. Bill Haney is Professor of Business Administration at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. He has worked at Brenau since August, 2000. Bill is the Lead Professor for the Graduate Programs in Organizational Leadership, and the former Dean of the College of Business and Mass Communication. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Bryan College, and an M.S. degree in Counseling Psychology and Human Systems from Florida State University. He also holds an M.B.A. degree from Golden Gate University with an emphasis in Management, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education with an emphasis in Business Administration from Florida State University. He is currently enrolled in the Certificate Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston in Critical and Creative Thinking. Dr. Haney teaches in the areas of Organizational Behavior, Cultural Diversity, Human Resource Management, Team Building, Critical Thinking, Leadership, International Business, Managerial Communication, and Management Principles. He is a private consultant, adjunct professor, and licensed clinical psychotherapist (Florida and Georgia). For both business and pleasure, Bill has traveled and studied throughout Europe, parts of Central America, and more than half of the states in the USA. He lives with his family near Dahlonega, Georgia.