Distance Education

Taking Your Course Online, Part 2 of 6

Outline the Course Make an outline that matches each course week or module with associated date, lecture materials, labs, assignments and corresponding items. This comprehensive outline can be very helpful when you go to build your course skeleton. Also detail which artifacts will be used for what module. Example Week 1: Introduction to Managerial and…

Taking Your Course Online, Part 1 of 6

For the past several months I have been working self-directed tutorial for online course development. I thought that a few of you might be able to use portions of the “Taking Your Course Online” summary at your own Institutions. All I ask is that you give credit where credit is due, and that you share some of your own practices.

Five Roles I Play in Online Courses

Source: Innovate “Scot Headley outlines five roles that online instructors can use to increase the sense of community and depth of learning in their courses; they are space planner, pacesetter, host, connector, and mirror. These roles underscore the importance of strong relationships between teacher and student, particularly in an online setting. Headley provides examples from…

Exploring The Potential For Unintended Consequences In Online Learning

Source: International Journal of Instructional Technology & Distance Learning Abstract: The literature is rife with predictions about the potential impact of online learning. What do we know about predicting unintended consequences that might result from using the Internet for educational purposes? This paper reviews several conceptual frameworks that guide those who believe that technology influences…

Online Communities: Design, Theory, and Practice

Source: Computer-Mediated Communication “This special thematic section of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication brings together nine articles that provide a rich composite of the current research in online communities. The articles cover a range of topics, methodologies, theories and practices. Indirectly they all speak to design since they aim to extend our understanding of the…

Cognitivism and Online Learning

Overview of Cognitivism

It is our ability to think and adapt mentally to different environments and situations that differentiates us from animals. Many psychologists and researchers have proposed theories on thought and how human beings learn. Cognition is an active process where people seek out and are eager to acquire knowledge.