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  • 1. Staying Relevant Learning Team A E-Learning/AET 541 September 29, 2014 Dr. Mary Poe (Elizabeth Andrews)
  • 2. The Effective Online Course From the perspective of the adult, online learner there are a number of attributes that create an ideal educational experience. This presentation will discuss a number of these attributes, their educational role and other related information. (Elizabeth Andrews)
  • 3. Asynchronous Learning Environment As many adult learners have hectic schedules filled with a variety of family, work, and social obligations an asynchronous learning environment allows them to fully participate in the course but on their own schedule (Haythornthwaite, 2011, Chapter 12). Asynchronicity sets the stage for anywhere, anytime, and anyone communication. It removes the necessity for all participants to be in the same physical or online meeting place at the same time. It also serves ubiquitous learning well since it can be managed on a just in-time and as-time- is-available schedule: formal learners can choose when to dip into and join online class discussions; lifelong learners can pick up new information and skills as and when needed; and everyday learners can search the web now for information on todays activity (Haythornthwaite, 2011, Chapter 12). (Elizabeth Andrews)
  • 4. Technology Participatory Practices Games, simulations, and social networking are examples of technology participatory practices. They create an opportunity for creative teaching practices, and captures the interest and curiosity of online learners (Haythornwaite & Andrews, 2011). Technology participatory practices enable learners to effectively communicate and collaborate with classmates, and the instructor. It also encourages engagement and active learning for the online learner Technological participatory practices provide relevant use of materials to the learners life experience, and enable learners to take control of their own learning, by becoming engaged in open interaction with the use of simulations. In addition, learners are self-directed and motivated (Brockers-White)
  • 5. Communication Tools The effectiveness of an online course is dependent on the methods of communication used to facilitate interaction between instructor to student, student to instructor, and student to student. There are various communication tools available for both synchronous and asynchronous learning environments to increase presence, build community, and promote learning. The more deliberate you can be about planning interactions and using the appropriate communication tools for the interactions, the more you can enhance the opportunities to build a learning community that will assist learners in staying motivated and persisting and ultimately achieving the learning outcomes of the course (Stavredes, 2011). (Robert Mandel)
  • 6. Communication Tools Stavredes, T. (2011). Effective Online Teaching: Foundations and Strategies for Student Success. Retrieved from The University of Phoenix eBook Collection database. (p. 180) (Robert Mandel)
  • 7. Communication Tools (Robert Mandel)
  • 8. Discourse and Collaboration According to Stavredes (2011), through discourse, learners can discover viewpoints different from their own; through this discovery learners may learn to question their own conceptions and resolve conflicts between opposing ideas (Chapter 12). Stavredes (2011), goes on to state that It is through collaboration between learners that higher-order thinking skills can be developed, including critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem solving (Chapter 12). When discourse and collaboration are both utilized through classroom discussions, participation threads, and group assignments a learning experience that both enhances learners knowledge and problem solving skills is created. (Elizabeth Andrews)
  • 9. Problem-Based Learning Problem-based learning is student centered, and constructs and challenges prior knowledge, content specific and encourages collaborative learning. In addition, according to Stavredes, 2011 problem- based learning incorporates active learning and critical thinking skills (Stavredes, 2011). Also, critical thinking in problem based learning engages and builds a sense of community in order to solve real world problems. Content specifics is another aspect of problem-based learning, which teaches real world issues by presenting a real world challenge to learners, to prepare them for what they may encounter in the future (Gallow, 2014). Moreover, problem-based learning enables learners to become actively engaged, motivated, take responsibility for their learning and gives rise to reflection, and gives learners the opportunity to interpret, synthesize and apply information. (Brockers- White)
  • 10. Staying Relevant and Current Technology is always changing and it is important to look ahead at the benefits innovation will bring to education. Embracing new technologies will help keep the learning experience relevant and current for both the facilitator and students. (Robert Mandel)
  • 11. Staying Relevant and Current When incorporating new technologies in the course it is important to stay current with copyright laws that protect intellectual property and define fair use for education. Copyright is a critical legal issue in the online learning environment that must be carefully considered when using resources in an online course (Stavredes, 2011). (Robert Mandel)
  • 12. Staying Relevant and Current Some of the resources used: Games Simulations Grammar and Plagiarism Checkers Presentation Programs Audio and Visual Tools (Robert Mandel)
  • 13. Ensuring a Long Shelf Life Simulations in teaching and learning addresses the modalities of all online learners, and actively engages and stimulate learners. Also learners are able to discuss and see their responses, while discovering the impact of multiple decisions at the same time (Harvard Business Publishing for Educators, 2014). Also, it encourages self-directed learning. Teaching and learning with Web 2.0 tools involves individual learners and collaboration most widely known as the sociotechnical strategies, which aids in building a community. In addition, educational informatics applies to digital technologies and techniques to the use and communication of information in learning and education (Haythornwaite & Andrews, 2011). In addition, Web 2.0 tools are constructed with a sense of community, in which collaboration and sharing resources. Web 2.0 tools aid learners into becoming active, and taking control of their learning, while becoming responsible learners. Web 2.0 tools furnishes a more flexible learning environment for online learners, and enables the instructor to become the facilitator. (Brockers-White)
  • 14. Ensuring a Long Shelf Life Multimedia discussion forums support collaborative learning for the online learner. In addition, web based threaded discussion forums such as Mind Bridges, supports embedded multimedia content for discussion forums Multimedia discussion forums are interactive, and are part of a collaborative nature ("Asynchronous Discussion Boards", 2014).Multimedia discussion forums enable online learners to exchange images, audio, and video files. Multimedia discussion forums actively engages the online learner, by having the online learner watch a multimedia clip or image and respond. Personal bios and introductions builds communication between the instructor and online learner. In addition, they provide an opportunity to learn about the learner and instructor professionally and personally. Moreover, personal bios and introduction build a relationship of trust between instructor and online learner, and set the scene and tone for the online classroom. (Brockers- White)