Learn several design and facilitation ideas to help you create a better learning experience for your students. Youll see examples of online discussion activities, including student posts and instructor feedback to those posts as well as an assessment rubric template you can use to evaluate the quality of your online discussions and help you adapt what you learn in this webinar to your own online courses.
For faculty who have embraced the challenges and opportunities of online learning, this course provides the means to take another leap forward through new ideas and actionable strategies to make the online experience even more substantial and fulfilling for the instructor and students alike.
Online enrollments are on the rise, even as overall enrollments decline. As an increasingly diverse student body flocks online to meet their educational goals, online completion rates are not yet on par with traditional classrooms and are more problematic for students outside of the once-traditional student demographic.
This course will provide you with a roadmap for successful entry into the online space. It will empower you to teach confidently and competently from your first day of class, and help you drive the kind of learning outcomes you want for your students.
Intelligent agents are automated notifications within learning management systems that can be scheduled to run automatically or manually to track activity within a course. Intelligent agents can be used in a multitude of roles, whether it be as a digital teaching assistant, a digital tutor, or a digital secretary.
Virtual reality is an effective enhancement to classroom instruction that brings experiences to students beyond the lecture or textbook. Many teachers assume the equipment to view virtual reality content is expensive, however, there are dozens of free educational apps, containing hundreds of virtual reality videos that can be viewed through an ordinary cell phone and low-priced Google Cardboard viewers.
About 60-70% of faculty believe that teaching online courses is more work intensive than teaching face-to-face courses. Factors include course preparation before teaching, managing sometimes unwieldy online discussions, and even fielding student questions around the clock.
The most common complaint students have about online courses is that they felt their instructor wasn’t there. In other words, they felt their instructor was missing, they felt left on their own with no content expert, and that they were expected to just figure it all out for themselves. What students enrolled in online courses really want is a “visible” instructor—one who is present, engaged, active, and is consistently facilitating the course.