There’s no discounting the importance of the first day of class. What happens that day sets the tone for the rest of the course. Outlined below are a few novel activities for using that first day of class to emphasize the importance of learning and the responsibility students share for shaping the classroom environment.
Creating an online community of practice is essential for online courses. These traditional icebreakers can also be used online.
Scholars across many disciplines have grappled with questions of what it means for a person to be and interact online. Who are we when we go online? How do others know we are there and how do they perceive us?
Excellent overview with solid references that will help speed your research on distance education issues.
Discover who is studying online. “Online College Students 2017: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences” explores a survey of 1,500 online students.
Gain insight to what potential online college students are searching for.
EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning
Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. Maryruth Hicks
Summer: June 26 – August 18, 2017
Build your facilitation skills – polish your online teaching resume!
Establishing a connection with online learners is a demonstrated strategy for increasing student motivation in online classes (Jones, Kolloff & Kolloff, 2008) and a marker of instructor excellence (Palloff & Pratt, 2011). Employing the the behaviors and strategies noted below is an effective step towards making your online students’ learning more relevant and increasing their investment in your class (DuCharme-Hansen, Dupin-Bryant, 2005).
I dare you to read these lists of behavior and strategy ideas and not find something new. Great resource.
Humanized learning increases the relevance of content and improves students’ motivation to log-in week-after-week. When students relate to an online instructor as something more than a subject matter expert and begin to conceive of themselves as part of a larger community, they are more likely to be motivated, be satisfied with their learning, and succeed in achieving the course objectives (Picciano, 2002; Rovai & Barnum, 2003; Richardson & Swan, 2003).
Click through to a great infographic with a powerful presentation slideshow feature. These are ideas that EVERY online teacher should know.
“When students relate to an online instructor as something more than a subject matter expert and begin to conceive of themselves as part of a larger community, they are more likely to be motivated, be satisfied with their learning, and succeed in achieving the course objectives (Picciano, 2002; Rovai & Barnum, 2003; Richardson & Swan, 2003). The end goals of humanized online learning are fostered through integrating learners voices, engaging students in the active construction of knowledge, fostering emotional connections, and providing students with choices. Ultimately, humanized learning increases the relevance of content to learners and improves one’s motivation to log-in week-after-week.”
There is lots to be learned by just reading the syllabus for this two week online training from Cal-State University Channel Islands!
“As the digital economy transforms the workplace, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills become more important. This World Economic Forum report emphasizes the importance of skills such as collaboration, communication and problem solving and says that these will become ever more important as more traditional roles are mechanized.”
Social and Emotional Learning is at the heart of building a community of practice in an online environment.