An online discussion can be just as spirited, enlightening, and engaging as one taking place in the face-to-face environment -- if it is facilitated well. Read some tips for helping students gain the full benefit of discussions in your online course.
"It is often through online discussion that the highest quality of learning is developed in online courses. This is sometimes overlooked in the excitement of MOOCs, flipped classrooms, hybrid learning and other recent developments. There is substantial research to indicate that the quality of discussion can be as high, if not higher, online as in class, so long as 'best practices' are used."
The new Common Core State Standards, which are being phased in by school districts in most states, are designed to reflect the skills and knowledge that will be most critical to success beyond high school.
In recent years, one thing has become abundantly clear: the learning management system market is growing by leaps and bounds. I remember the days when the only viable LMS was Blackboard – and the cost for implementation was somewhere to the tune of $25,000. Well, times have changed (for the better… except for Blackboard) in that there are plenty of new accessible options available, and for multiple different software platforms (for example, the upcoming LearnDash WordPress LMS plugin). (...) - by Justin Ferriman, LearnDash, January 20, 2013
While your LMS discussion tool helps to foster student interaction, you may feel limited by its structure and capabilities. It’s time to bring some variety into the way students interact with you and each other.
"Jim Groom doesn't hate learning-management software. But he's certain it doesn't make teaching any better. For Mr. Groom, an instructional-technology specialist, the features that attract professors in the first place—like grade books and quizzing tools—are traps that squash creativity and bury thorny issues like fair use."
Distance learning is a learning method that has gained wide popularity from its humble beginnings and is currently on course to dominate the futur..., Dr Pandula Siribaddana (NEWS -Changes that have taken place in distance learning -
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