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JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching - MOOCs

JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching - MOOCs | Educational technology |

This special issue presents a series of peer reviewed articles the guest editors believe will aid in increasing the quality of the research focus across a growing field of research and participation from numerous academic fields. Articles in this special issue contrast theoretical and empirical research related to MOOCs through a careful examination of thematic issues from student perceptions, engagement, and participation to campus leadership and decision-making challenges.

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Jan Schwartz's curator insight, September 11, 2013 12:57 PM

Glad to have so much peer reviewed info on MOOCs in one place

Ilana Rosansky's curator insight, September 12, 2013 1:33 AM

I like that the theoretical side is contrasted with the empirical and with student perceptions... It's a fascinating topic to be sure.

Ailish Irvine's curator insight, September 19, 2014 8:27 AM

Lots of valuable resources listed

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Keeping Students Engaged in the Online Classroom | Faculty Focus

Keeping Students Engaged in the Online Classroom | Faculty Focus | Educational technology |

By: Ronald C. Jones

As an online instructor, I can fulfill the minimum requirements of the university regarding interacting with students, or I can create a learning environment that facilitates student engagement in the classroom. Students enroll in online classes because of the need for scheduling flexibility, work-life-school balance, costs, and convenience. Although online learning holds many advantages, the potential drawbacks revolve around the lack of personal interaction between the instructor and student, as well as the student-to-student contact. Keeping students engaged in the course is a vital function of an effective instructor.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 16, 2013 12:06 PM

Strong commonsense advice.  To summarize; use the online teaching environment to connect to your students with empathy and compassion.

Do more than the minimum. Be a teacher.