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Factors in High Quality Distance Learning Courses


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Moodle_UK's curator insight, June 24, 2013 4:34 AM

Useful research identifying factors that contribute to high quality distance learning courses and how to overcome barriers to offering them

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Tips for Building Social Presence in Your Online Class | Faculty Focus

Tips for Building Social Presence in Your Online Class | Faculty Focus | designiddl | Scoop.it

In their framework outlining educational experiences for students, Garrison, Anderson, and Archer (2000) identify and explain the critical elements of a Community of Inquiry that supports instruction and learning. The elements include: cognitive presence, social presence, and teaching presence. For online classes, many new online instructors tend to focus on the cognitive presence and teaching presence, and overlook the necessity of the social presence. They’ll build great online modules that help students enhance their understanding of course content but forget to attend to the critical social aspects that engage students and foster community building. While these aspects can happen naturally in face-to-face courses, they must be intentionally built into online classes.


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15 Tools For Better Project-Based Learning

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Assignments That Promote Critical Thinking | Faculty Focus

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Teaching students to think critically has long been a goal of education. Some, like the authors of the article highlighted here, think it’s a goal whose importance has increased.

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Factors in High Quality Distance Learning Courses


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Moodle_UK's curator insight, June 24, 2013 4:34 AM

Useful research identifying factors that contribute to high quality distance learning courses and how to overcome barriers to offering them

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The Impact of Online Teaching on Faculty Load

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Computing the Ideal Class Size for Online Courses

Lawrence Tomei

 

 

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It is not uncommon for non-teaching administrators to view online, distance learning-based courses as the “mother lode” for sizeable tuition revenue increases. Why shouldn't an online instructor be capable of handling a hundred students? After all, there are no office hours, no classroom presentations, and no pencil-paper assessment.

 

This study examined the impact of substituting didactic instruction, face-to-face advisement, and pen and paper evaluations with web-based content, electronic information and inquiry, and online assessment. It analyzed the impact of distance learning demands on faculty teaching loads and computed the ideal class size for an online course.

 

Many readers are distance educators who, for the first time, will be provided with new facts to confront those who see online teaching as a panacea for expanding revenues and increasing student enrollment.

 

Tomei, L., 2004. The Impact of Online Teaching on Faculty Load, Computing the Ideal Class Size for Online Courses. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning.

 

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Note this research was done before the advent of the MOOC


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Russell Taylor's curator insight, January 7, 2013 2:42 AM

Some interesting insights here, and lots of food for thought!

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Adapting PowerPoint Lectures for Online Delivery: Best Practices | Faculty Focus

Adapting PowerPoint Lectures for Online Delivery: Best Practices | Faculty Focus | designiddl | Scoop.it
If you use PowerPoint lectures in your face-to-face classes, you can use those same lectures as jumping-off points for creating narrated animations for your online students to watch. That’s the good news.

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, January 29, 2013 12:45 PM

But there is work involved as the online environment is different to that of a classroom. That said, this is one of the destinations where we are headed and skills and resources need to be developed to support this goal.

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Signs You are A Low- Performing Teacher

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Characteristics of irreplaceable vs. low-performing teachers

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A series of emerging technologies that likely to influence education in the upcoming decades.

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Do Online Students Cheat More? | Edudemic

Do Online Students Cheat More? | Edudemic | designiddl | Scoop.it

Cheating is nothing new, but as colleges offer more online courses some are wondering if online students will give in to the temptation to cheat.

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Nearly Half of Consumers Don't Upgrade Software [INFOGRAPHIC]

Nearly Half of Consumers Don't Upgrade Software [INFOGRAPHIC] | designiddl | Scoop.it
Did you know it's International Technology Upgrade Week?
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The world of Massive Open Online Courses

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Project Management for eLearning

Good resource for managing eLearning projects.


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Nine steps to quality online learning: introduction

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Free ESL Flashcards - tutorial


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7 Good Task Management Extensions for Chrome ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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5 Ways To Really Connect With Online Students - Edudemic

5 Ways To Really Connect With Online Students - Edudemic | designiddl | Scoop.it
In this world of increased online education, it's important for students and instructors to really know how to connect with online students.

 

From parents to working professionals, students of all types are enthusiastic about online education — as long as it’s done right. Historically, however, online classes have not been very good experiences, with outcomes being marginal at best. Here are five ways instructors can connect with their students, making sure the online education experience is worthwhile for everyone:


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 2, 2013 8:54 AM

Solid advice for any instructor, double that for an online instructor.

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The world of Massive Open Online Courses

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Beyond MOOC Hype - Inside Higher Ed

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Beyond MOOC Hype Inside Higher Ed Carol Geary Schneider, the head of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, worries that MOOCs can amplify the “least productive pedagogy” in American higher education, which she calls lectures...
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The Impact of Online Teaching on Faculty Load

The Impact of Online Teaching  on Faculty Load | designiddl | Scoop.it

Computing the Ideal Class Size for Online Courses

Lawrence Tomei

 

 

Abstract


It is not uncommon for non-teaching administrators to view online, distance learning-based courses as the “mother lode” for sizeable tuition revenue increases. Why shouldn't an online instructor be capable of handling a hundred students? After all, there are no office hours, no classroom presentations, and no pencil-paper assessment.

 

This study examined the impact of substituting didactic instruction, face-to-face advisement, and pen and paper evaluations with web-based content, electronic information and inquiry, and online assessment. It analyzed the impact of distance learning demands on faculty teaching loads and computed the ideal class size for an online course.

 

Many readers are distance educators who, for the first time, will be provided with new facts to confront those who see online teaching as a panacea for expanding revenues and increasing student enrollment.

 

Tomei, L., 2004. The Impact of Online Teaching on Faculty Load, Computing the Ideal Class Size for Online Courses. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning.

 

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Note this research was done before the advent of the MOOC


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Russell Taylor's curator insight, January 7, 2013 2:42 AM

Some interesting insights here, and lots of food for thought!

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10 Great Ways that Educators are Using LiveBinders

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It is so much fun to go to the LiveBinders site and see all the new ways that educators are using LiveBinders to curate content.  Every day that I go to the site I see a new interesting binder, so ...
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Infographic: The Potential of Big Data

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Too much information! 'Big data' refers to sets of data whose size surpasses that of what data storage tools can typically handle.
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The Ultimate Guide To Emerging Technologies | Edudemic

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Envisioning emerging technology for 2012 and beyond

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The world of MOOC

MOOC, or Massive Open Online Courses allow thousands of students worldwirde to come together online to learn for free.

 

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Teachers Easy Guide on How to Evaluate Web content for Classroom Inclusion

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How to evaluate web content and decipher credible resources from spam and irrelevant ones.

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Healthier Testing Made Easy: The Idea of Authentic Assessment

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Here's a radical idea: We need more assessment, not less.

Seem crazy? Substitute feedback for assessment, and you'll better understand what I mean.
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