Tag Archives: research

Online instructors differ on whether they need online course experience

“Ideally it would be great for an online instructor to have taken an online class,” said Susan Yochum, provost at Seton Hill University, in Pennsylvania. But, she added, “the biggest issue is our faculty have a lot of responsibilities, a heavy teaching load. It’s really a time issue.”

Source: www.insidehighered.com

Are you an online teacher? Did you ever take an online class as a student? Interesting situation.


Undergrads want more Elearning; Research results

There were no major surprises in Educause’s 2017 ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology. For four years running, the number of students preferring a blended learning environment that includes “some to mostly online components” has increased and those preferring a face-to-face only learning environment has continued to decline. The report did find, however, that tablets, which were gaining popularity a few years ago, are now on their way out as a device of preference.

Source: news.elearninginside.com

Do you think this research just restates the obvious?  Will this help you explain the obvious to decision makers who don’t understand the environment?

One ‘dominator’ can damage a group project – Futurity

Love them or hate them, group projects are a staple of college coursework. New research identifies a key aspect of successful teams.

Source: www.futurity.org

Online group work can be the best of times or the worst of times. A little planning and insight go a long way. Solid article with good links to current research.  

Learning theories and online learning | Tony Bates

Chapter 3 of my open textbook on ‘Teaching in a Digital Age‘ is about theory and practice in teaching for a digital age, which I am still in the process of writing. I have to admit that I approached writing about learning theories with some dread. In particular I was concerned (in order of dread) that:

Source: www.tonybates.ca

This is why I often say, “When Tony Bates speaks, I listen.” ~ lessons from a master!

Evaluation Instruments and Good Practices in Online Education | Baldwin | Online Learning

After a review of the literature, twenty-eight evaluation instruments currently used to design and review online courses in higher education institutions were collected and divided into categories, based on geographical reach and the type of institution for which they were developed. This study investigates how evaluation instruments used in higher education assess the Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education, and what other items are addressed in the evaluation of courses

Source: olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org

This is a research paper comparing 28 different evaluation instruments for assessing online courses.  

Teacher Characteristics and Behaviors that Make a Difference

Teaching and learning. For decades, we focused almost exclusively on the teaching side of things. More recently, we’ve been paying attention to learning, and that’s a good thing. However, we shouldn’t be thinking about one without the other—they’re both important and inseparably linked

Source: www.facultyfocus.com

Read this article, even if you only scan the bullet list of teacher characteristics. This will get you thinking about your own classroom presence.