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eLearning: what is it and why does it work?

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Scott Walker

on 24 April 2014

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Transcript of eLearning: what is it and why does it work?

Face to Face Interaction
Hands on guidance
Physical Student Community
So Why Offer Online Courses?
Students like it...
Overall Higher educaton growth rate = 1% in 2010....
Meanwhile, online education grew at 11%
No commute!
Do student demands alone give reason to change?
It also works!
“The meta-analysis found that, on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction”
“Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning” Meta analysis (2009
Enhanced Possibilities with Online Education
More ways of getting content to users
Communication can now be interactive and group-based
Quality Curriculum is About....
Achieving Objectives
Technlogy facilitates this, but does not dictate it
Avoid recreating the onground class
Designing Activities and Assignments
Put yourself in the mind of your online student
Imagine taking your own course
Does it make sense?
Is it easy to follow?
Does it achieve the Course Objectives?
The 3 C's of Online Learning
Emphasis less on instructor based lectures
More emphasis on student created discourse
Harder for students to “hide in the back.”
24x7 connections to the course
How does the instructor's presence change?
How can an Instructor continue to shape class dynamics without a physical presence or persona?
Think about the feel of your course
Is there a sense of community?
Can a student freely ask questions?
Can a student interject opinion/personality?
Be Proactive, be a Mentor
Greet the students in an introduction forum
Allow an area for more casual conversation
Clearly lay out each assignment/activity and expectations
Return emails within 24 hours...
Report on their progress
Monitor discussion boards
Check on classroom frequently
Putting "you" to the Side
Affirm some student posts
Offer an illustrative example or narrative from professional experience
Pose alternating points of views
Suggest resources
Raise the level of discussion
Offer feedback
The Online Ideal :)
The reality
Online is not easier!
More writing
More emails
24x7 connection to the course
More reading
No hands on personal instruction
It's just more convenient!
"Online learning can be enhanced by giving learners control of their interactions with media and prompting learner reflection. Studies indicate that manipulations that trigger learner ac-tivity or learner reflection and self-monitoring of understanding are effective when students pursue online learning as individuals"
Facial expressions
The Guide on the Side
Prepare yourself and your Students
List expectations from the outset
Gauge user experience and skill level of the class
Establish rapport and motivate,
Be transparent
Streamlining Communication
News Feed/Announcements
Create General Discussion Board
Post good student questions
Don't waste words!
Leverage Moodle!
Discussion Board
Class Critique
Role play
Learning Teams
Introduction to Elearning
Difference between Online and Onground
The online mindset
Student Centered Learning
Student Centered Learning
Preparing for Reality
Student Centered Learning
Designing your course
In defense of online education
What is Online Education?
Rising gas prices $$
Ideal for the Adult Learner
Can they joke?
Office hours
What's Missing Online...
SACS Best Practices
There is a logically sequenced course development schedule involving faculty input and ensuring availability of courses as students need them. A schedule of course offerings is available so that students can plan their programs.
There is consistency in course format.
Course design takes into consideration the need for and importance of interaction between faculty and students and among students.
A support system exists for faculty teaching distance education courses.
The institution is expected to provide technology adequate to support its distance education courses/programs.

The institution is expected to ensure that faculty members teaching distance education courses are proficient in the use of technology.

The institution is expected to ensure that potential distance education students know what technological expertise they will need and what technology they must possess to successfully complete distance education courses.

The institution should employ sufficient full time faculty to support its mission. If the mission includes offering courses/programs by distance education, there should be a sufficient number of faculty qualified to plan for, design, and teach distance education courses.

There are policies concerning expectations of full and part time faculty planning for, designing, and teaching distance education courses.
The institution should make professional development activities and training available to distance education faculty members and ensure that distance education faculty members engage in that training and professional development.
Preparing to teach your online course
Facilitating your online course
What can we do to shape the course dynamics?
Phone Appointments
It's a learning style
What can we do to save time in online courses?
Make a realistic schedule
Given the challenges, why does online education work?
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