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!
Videos can be a great way to deliver content learning to students. But how do you leverage video instruction to maximize learning? After all, school isn’t the movies.
The author makes a great point: encouraging students to take notes while watching a video is pushing them toward inefficient multi-tasking. Better to build in a pause with a thought provoking question!
Games-based learning, gamification, and game style elements are perfect partners for training, K-12 and higher education courses, and corporate marketing strategies.
Games engage learners in a way that lectures and tests miss. Learn more about it all by clicking through the goodies in Shannon Mersand’s fine article.
Developing critical listening and speaking skills is an essential element of a student’s higher-education experience. However, verbally presenting one’s ideas and listening to contributions made by student peers are not typical experiences for online students, as most activities in online classes consist of reading and writing. As online course offerings increase, institutions have an obligation to ensure faculty are empowered to teach with tools that enable students to learn out loud. These tools and the content created with them must be accessible to all learners, including those who are hard of hearing and have vision impairments.
Online teachers who use audio and video to connect with their students get better results. Asking your students to use audio and video tools to express their understanding dials up the dynamics of online teaching. Don’t let accessibility concerns stop you! Go for it.
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