I knew the student evaluations from my spring online class would be harsh, but that harshness exceeded anything I had imagined.
The class was disorganized, students said again and again.
The professor was distant and uninvolved, others growled.
Several students dismissed my attempt to promote peer learning, complained about a lack of feedback, moaned about the added cost of an online class, snarled about my ability as a teacher. One even suggested that I was unfit to teach.
Today, enrolment in online courses is growing at a faster rate than that of higher education overall, and more schools are striving to increase their web-based programmes. However, while many courses made an easy transition to online instruction, educators have struggled to create high-quality, foreign language courses and even foreign language degree programmes offered exclusively over the Internet.
With so many technologies available to enhance online learning, it’s important to choose wisely.
What are some common mistakes instructors make when selecting learning technologies?
With so many technologies available to enhance online learning, it’s important to choose wisely. In an interview with Online Classroom, Tony Bates, an e-learning and distance education planning and management consultant, offered some insights on what to consider when making technology choices. We offer an excerpt of that interview here.
Hybrid teaching methods that combine interactive online learning with limited classroom teaching produce equivalent learning outcomes to traditional classroom teaching methods, according to new research released recently.
The rush to capitalise on online learning has been with us for a long time now, but across a number of contexts I am involved in currently it would be fair to say the surge has increased significantly.
"Yes, but without a Queen you are only providing half a learning realm. If Content is King, then Communication is Queen. Facilitation or interaction might have been better words for it, but it didn't alliterate quite as well..."
nside Higher Ed’s survey about faculty views of online educationis on point. Since I had participated by filling out the survey, I was curious about its findings. My interest surged after reading the related article by Steve Kolowich -- who noted that for professors “the rise of online education excites them more than it frightens them.” According to the survey’s composite data, I fit the profile of Academic Everyman. So, to flesh out the statistical bones, here are some observations by an archetypal Old Prof who wonders as he wanders through the new terrain of distance learning.
Professors can choose from a growing palette of Web-based tools to make their online courses more interactive. But a new study suggests that many community-college instructors aren’t taking advantage of those options. Instead, the professors are relying on static course materials that aren’t likely to motivate students or encourage them to interact with each other.
The study, presented here at the annual technology conference of the League for Innovation in the Community College, observed 26 high-enrollment online courses at two community colleges in Virginia last spring. It found that most professors relied on text-based assignments and materials. In the instances when professors did decide to use interactive tools like online video, many of those technologies were not connected to learning objectives, the study found. The findings could help explain how community colleges can structure the selection of technology to improve student-retention rates.
Are you an online student and want to learn ways to stay top of your online classes. Online degree programs give students the flexibility to take their classes anytime, anywhere. In order to staying on top of your online education, discipline, commitment, and organization are required. These are the basic traits that any online student must possess in order to get succeed. Online learning involves a dedicated time of independent study and in order to stand out in an online learning course it is very important to incorporate various time management practices into the day. Below are mentioned some of the best time management tips that can help you stay competitive in the online learning.
Online learning is one of the most talked about and fastest growing sectors in higher education and corporate training today. The Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning is the premier global gathering covering this field.
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18th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning
'At A Crossroads: Online Education in a Complex World'
October 10-12, 2012
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort - Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Virtual attendance is only $109 (or $500 for multiseat institutional virtual attendance)
Higher education’s economics are unsustainable and vulnerable to technologies that could make college campuses the hub of the privileged few, according to a vast collection of opinions from international technologists and educators.
Liberty University's net assets have sustained a fivefold increase -- from $150 million to $860 million -- over the past six years, driven by the rapid expansion of its online programs.
Because Liberty is a nonprofit institution, any surplus it generates must be invested back into the school. However, Falwell said there is no strict timeline about when Liberty must use the money; part of Liberty’s strategy is to build an endowment that will secure the long-term stability of the school.
Collaborize Classroom® is a free online collaborative education platform that allows students and teachers to transcend the boundaries of their physical classroom to engage in an online collaborative learning environment.
Collaborize Classroom offers a variety of compelling and intuitive structures for online discussion that are designed to support innovative teaching and promote higher level thinking.
UNIVERSITIES are traditionally seen as exclusive institutions for the few, not the many. But that is changing as a new wave of online courses throws open the doors of academia to all. Led by world renowned American institutions like MIT and Harvard, this push to democratise learning is being taken up in Australia too.
Online learning saves time for students. Students in online courses have 24/7 access to their course materials, other students, and their instructor. For working students, this is an incredible benefit. But we often hear that online learning takes a lot of an instructor’s time.
On May 17, 2012, Peter Klein, writing for the Christian Science Monitor, wrote that, "Mainline universities loudly proclaim their love of online learning — and pedagogical innovation more generally — while doing everything possible to retard it. The strategy has been to make a few easy, low-cost, conservative moves that preserve the status quo, such as putting some existing courses online, while trying to suppress the innovative outsiders like Phoenix, DeVry, TED, Kahn Academy, etc. It’s a classic example of what Clayton Christensen calls sustaining innovation — incremental changes that keep the existing market structure intact. The last thing the higher-ed establishment wants is disruptive innovation that challenges its dominant incumbent position" (CSMonitor.com).
If you have either attended or facilitated training in a virtual classroom you know that maintaining a high level of interactivity is key to keeping participants engaged. Here are ten ideas for exercises to try in your next virtual classroom...