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How Can I Create a Meaningful Online Learning Experience for Students?


For instructors who are new to teaching online who need guidance in creating a learning-centered online classroom, this 20-Minute Mentor shows the benefits of a learning paradigm (vs. a teaching paradigm) in the online classroom.


How Can I Create a Meaningful Online Learning Experience for Students?

Effective online teaching requires more than just transitioning face-to-face instructional strategies into the online classroom; it requires rethinking the teaching-learning dynamic to embrace students’ active role in the learning process. Approaching online teaching with a learning paradigm allows faculty to shift from content provider and focus on creating and facilitating an engaging learning experience.

This 20-Minute Mentor explores the functional and actionable mindset needed to design an effective online learning experience. Instructors will learn to focus on things that have an actual impact on student learning, or adopt a mindset that prevents wasting time on teaching tasks that don’t have an impact. Additionally, faculty will gain a better understanding of the philosophy that drives effective learning in the online classroom to help shift their mindsets.

Learning Goals

After viewing this Magna 20-Minute Mentor, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between an instructional paradigm and a learning paradigm
  • Grasp the advantages for embracing a learning paradigm in the online classroom
  • Understand how a learning paradigm is reflected in online course design
  • Appreciate the impact of teaching via a learning paradigm in the modern era

Topics Covered

  • Traditional instructional philosophies (teaching paradigm)
  • Active learning instructional philosophies (learning paradigm)
  • The needs of modern learners
  • The mindset changes necessary to embrace a more interactive teaching-learning dynamic
  • Online course design as a function of the learning paradigm


This program will benefit:

  • Faculty, including fulltime, adjunct, on-campus, online, and remote
  • Instructional designers who advise faculty
  • Faculty development professionals who advise faculty

Product Code: QM20CA

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