Writing for Online Courses – How is it Different?

You are the expert in your chosen area, and love to teach others. How do you share the knowledge with others to enable synthesis and use, or sharing with others? How do you do this in the online environment? Whether you’re transitioning a face-to-face course to an online course or creating a completely new online … Continue reading Writing for Online Courses – How is it Different?

Reincarnation: Breathe Life into A Dead Online Course Using Video

Engaging students in online courses happens by design, not by chance.  The Community of Inquiry (CoI) model asserts that social presence is not only important (Garrison, Anderson & Archer, 2000), but that “there are things the instructor can do to help design for and elicit social presence through teaching presence” (Lowenthal & Mulder, 2017). Using … Continue reading Reincarnation: Breathe Life into A Dead Online Course Using Video

Feedback loop de loops

Written by Andrew Peterson Education can learn a lot from game design and development. Let's talk about feedback for a moment. Oftentimes when I'm feeling silly, I like to imagine a game that is designed to give feedback like a poorly designed or facilitated course. Allow the player to do anything in the game, and … Continue reading Feedback loop de loops

Design Tips to Engage Today’s Learners

Tools in teaching have come a long way, from the Abacus to smart phone calculators. Although they teach the same concept, the tool used has changed dramatically during the Information Age of the past few decades. As tools or devices have changed so have the way a student processes information and learns. In the past, … Continue reading Design Tips to Engage Today’s Learners

Teach Technology, Teach Democracy

There is more to the digital divide than simple ideas of those with technology and those without (DiMaggio, P. & Hargittai, E., 2001; Warschauer, 2003), or conceptions of Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants (Prensky, 2001).  If those of us in education do not teach how technology is used to communicate information, we inadvertently become assistants … Continue reading Teach Technology, Teach Democracy

Getting Connect-ED

During her 2012 Ted Talk entitled “Connected, but alone?” Sherry Turkle proclaimed, “technology is making a bid to redefine human connection.” Because we have learned to rely on technology to compensate for feelings of vulnerability, it has become increasingly common for humans to be satisfied with the false sense of connection provided by technology and … Continue reading Getting Connect-ED

Be the Life Preserver

Teaching to the student’s level and reaching new depths - online. Whether a life preserver to a new swimmer, a parent holding the hand of a new walking toddler, a teacher in a classroom, or a coach to an Olympian, to move the person further one will: Meet the student where they are. Teach new … Continue reading Be the Life Preserver

How do Technology Trends Impact Online Learning?

One constant with technology today is change--and deciding how the frequent, incremental changes in consumer technologies affect our teaching practice can be a challenge.  Amy Greene, Executive Director of Online Learning, and I put together this overview of technology trends set against the backdrop of what research says is needed to implement these trends.  Click … Continue reading How do Technology Trends Impact Online Learning?

Using Social Media to Foster Class Culture and a Sense of Community in Online Courses

Building a sense of community and reflecting university culture in online courses is a consistent challenge for higher education faculty. Although it’s clear that student-faculty interactions both in and out of the classroom enhance student learning experiences and success in college (Astin, 1993; Pascarella, 1980; Pascarella & Terenzini, 1991, 2005), faculty often struggle with replicating … Continue reading Using Social Media to Foster Class Culture and a Sense of Community in Online Courses