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The Web as a Creative Thinking Partner

By Michael DeSchryver / December 12, 2016

This article outlines the development and application of the Theory of Web-Mediated Knowledge Synthesis. This theory, essentially the application of creative thinking to online learning and reading comprehension, provides a roadmap to enable learners to use the web in more creative ways. This is an important consideration in both schools and the workspace as access to information is less a competitive advantage than what is done with that information and what value can be added to it. » [Full Article]
TYPE: INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT

Four Essential Tips for Professional Development Success

By Heidi Schroeder / November 28, 2016

As professionals in the world of eLearning, we are often called upon to develop and deliver effective professional development opportunities for staff and faculty who will engage students in online learning. Discover the four essential elements that can transform a mediocre course offering into an effective learning opportunity. These elements will help faculty stay engaged throughout the professional development course, and walk away with tools and tips that they can use in their future courses. » [Full Article]
TYPE: HIGHER EDUCATION, INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT

How To Apply Reflective Practice when Teaching Online

By Joan Gilbert / April 26, 2016

The human brain takes in information, process it, learns, and grows from it. Heres how psychology principles and information processing can collaborate to achieve optimum results in e-learning and e-teaching. » [Full Article]
TYPE: INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT

Teaching Online Can Make Us Better Teachers

By Marie Norman / April 8, 2016

Online education gives teachers unique opportunities to more profoundly bring learning research and learner-centered teaching practices into their teaching. This article examines five reasons online teaching can lead teachers in healthy directions by exploring the (beneficial) challenges of lecturing online, the untapped potential of student-generated content, the critical importance of student motivation, the social and emotional components of learning, and the benefits of multi-sensory learning. » [Full Article]
TYPE: INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT

The Move is On! From the Passive Multimedia Learner to the Engaged Co-creator

By Margarida Romero, Therese Laferriere, Thomas Michael Power / March 17, 2016

The educational integration of information and communication technologies (ICTs) has led to unfounded hopes of meeting many recurring educational challenges: from increasing learner motivation to lowering drop-out rates. ICTs are not an educational revolution per se; in some situations, their pedagogical usage lead to truly technologically-enhanced learning (TEL) situations, whereas in others, ICTs could relegate the learner to a passive spectator or low-interactivity user/consumer of multimedia content that limits the implementation of a socio-constructivist learning process based on a collaborative knowledge construction process. In this article, we analyze the limits of techno-centric approaches in the integration process of ICTs to teaching and learning, and argue for active learning and reflexive approaches to TEL. » [Full Article]
TYPE: INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT

Engagement Techniques for Online Education

By Linda Craig / October 21, 2015

Sometimes educators face a serious challenge: How do they elevate the degree of interest, attention and involvement of their students toward learning? We will try to answer this tricky question. What follows is a discussion of available strategies for educators to boost student engagement. » [Full Article]
TYPE: INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT

Why Instructor Satisfaction Cannot be Ignored

By David Dietrich / February 12, 2015

eLearning is a teaching method that is popular in higher education, with institutions and students looking to take advantage of this increasingly more available educational option. An important factor of effective online education that is often overlooked in the research of eLearning involves the satisfaction of online instructors. This article looks at instructor satisfaction in terms of its importance (impact on instructors, students, and institutions), the variables that impact it, and methods to increase it. » [Full Article]
TYPE: INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT

A Balancing Act Part III: Technical support on the front lines of modern-day online education

By Jennifer A. Shamsy / September 12, 2014

Though a team approach is desired, many online instructors/trainers still fulfill an informally defined and delegated technical support role at least in part when time and skills allow. As we look to the future, there will be an increase in technical support demands further emphasizing the need for a comprehensive team approach to technical support. » [Full Article]
TYPE: INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT

Attitude Plus Aptitude Will Determine Altitude

By Brooke Bennett / July 31, 2014

Online learning offers many advantages. However the expanding use of technology does not come without challenges. As educators, we are forever trying to find ways to motivate students in our online classrooms. Are there specific tactics and activities that could help enhance student motivation? It is shown that through our behaviors, such as consistent feedback and prompt responses, we can create an environment that encourages and motivates students while enhancing student engagement and participation. » [Full Article]
TYPE: INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT

A Balancing Act Part II: Providing technical support before, during and after the online course

By Jennifer A. Shamsy / July 25, 2014

As one of many roles of online instructors, effective technical support can be achieved by engaging in proactive steps before, during, and after the course or training program. » [Full Article]
TYPE: INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT

A Balancing Act Part I: Technical Support and the Online Instructor

By Jennifer Shamsy / May 30, 2014

Technical issues can create a barrier to fully accessing and engaging in online classrooms. The need to support learners in overcoming these barriers may be addressed through a team approach or by individual instructors/trainers taking on the technical support role. While this role may not always be clearly defined or formally delegated, assuming the role of technical support in an online classroom has both benefits and drawbacks. » [Full Article]
TYPE: INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT