Discussion of issues relating to the unique requirements in course design for senior learners online.
Online Instructor Tips
This topic is used for online teachers, instructors, professors, or tutors to find valuable information related to their classroom, assessment, management research and teaching.
Those who are new to the online teaching arena may have to face several pitfalls if they don’t avoid the most common mistakes committed by many new instructors in the field. So, here are the top pitfalls to avoid for a new online instructor.
The advantages and disadvantages of online teaching and learning are important for potential student and instructors to understand. The disadvantages include a sense of isolation that can exist for both student and teacher but there are advantages that far outweigh the small number of disadvantages.
Developing online study skills involves involves organization, perspective and the ability to prioritize information. Students can be overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the information available when they take their first course. Instructors should help students select an information repository.
Helping students retain the information they learn is an important aspect of teaching. Instructors can accomplish this goal by taking advantage of the way the brain works and structuring their courses to reinforce ideas that are taught. By focusing on concept relationships, students can retain more.
When students that are going to fail ask if they can still pass the class, it is important to respond carefully. These students need a response that informs them thoroughly but is also sensitive. This article describes the techniques for formulating a response that meets the students’ needs.
Managing class discussions is an important and useful policy for instructors to use, especially in an online forum. Without such guidelines, it is likely that discussion threads will go into topics that are unrelated to the course content.
Instructors have a solid understanding of what their students need to know about class policies and instructor qualifications but where does this understanding come from? In an online class, instructors can become isolated. In this article, the author has students provide feedback on what they need.
Teacher-centered authoritarian versus student-centered facilitator is like north versus south. They are polarized schools of thought on how best to educate students. Both are necessary – which is primary?
Self-directed learning in online courses is a popular mode of adult education, especially for those interested in life-long learning. This article discusses the benefits of self-directed learning and the type of pedagogy best suited to online education.
Courses on the Internet are becoming more valued in the community. Some still feel online courses are too impersonal or less effective; however, the right online courses may provide a more natural constructivist learning environment than the traditional classroom model.
Intuitive learning in online learning through use of the Mystory teaches students how to create pathways to their own original ideas. Mystory works are especially useful for online learning in the creative arts.
When a student taking an online class struggles with technology, it is a significant and debilitating problem. Finding solutions to these barriers come into play if the student has the requisite knowledge of the concepts but he/she cannot articulate that knowledge using the required software.