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Instructional Strategies for Online Courses Effective online instruction depends on learning experiences appropriately designed and facilitated by knowledgeable educators. Because learners have different learning stylesor a combination of styles, online educators should design activities multiple modes of learning in order to provide significant experiences for each class participant. In designing online courses, use multiple instructional strategies. Teaching models exist which apply to traditional higher education learning environments, and when designing courses for the online environment, these strategies should be adapted to the new environment. Traditionally, in a teacher-centered classroom, instructors control their environment because they have a monopoly on information. Online learning environments permit a range of interactive methodologies. Learning contracts connect educational needs to individual student needs. The discussion group Guided design Role playing Games The panel

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Marzano Design Question 2: Helping Students Interact with New Knowledge - Marzano Center Through critical input experiences, teachers let students know what information is important. DQ 2 moves away from old teaching models and helps students take responsibility for their own learning. One of the more important design questions is Design Question 2, Helping Students Interact with New Knowledge. Establishing a Quality Review for Online Courses A formal review of online courses measures their quality in key areas and reveals changes needed for improvement, if any By Tracy Chao, Tami Saj, and Felicity Tessier Since the inception of online learning in the 1990s, innovative technology and pedagogy have broadened access to higher education. Many colleges and universities remain concerned about the issue of quality for online educational programs, however, especially compared to face-to-face delivery. Quality issues often manifest as discussions on teaching effectiveness, faculty-to-student ratios, attrition rates, student satisfaction, and institutional resources invested in online delivery.1 Distance or online education programs must develop and maintain quality educational options to successfully compete with conventional academic offerings—institutions cannot maintain a competitive edge solely from innovation of the online delivery format. A quality educational program begins with the development of quality courses.

Characteristics of Effective Online Assignments Effective online assignments and activities typically... ...take advantage of the Web as a learning environment The Web offers a wealth of information, services, and tools that can be incorporated into assignments and course activities; you can use its networked, hypertextual nature to stimulate curiosity, encourage exploration, and promote critical thinking. There is no need to be constrained by the limitations of specific learning platforms when developing online assignments. ...start engaging students early in the course The first assignment is a good indicator of whether a student will complete the course.

10 Definitions of Learning SumoMe We all know that the human brain is immensely complex and still somewhat of a mystery. It follows then, that learning—a primary function of the brain—is understood in many different ways. Like a Veil: Cross-cultural Experiential Learning Online – CITE Journal The online discussions are like a veil that protects me and Yang; I feel safe enough to ask the hard questions I could never say to her face.(Social studies teacher in a global education course) There is extensive literature on the power of face-to-face cross-cultural experience in developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of worldmindedness (Brislin, 1993; Brislin &Yoshida, 1994; Germaine, 1998; Gochenour, 1993; Gudykunst & Matsumoto,1996; Wilson, 1982, 1983, 1986; 1993a, 1998).

Five E-Learning Design Strategies That Keep Learners Coming Back for More by Joe McCleskey Along with the ARCS model, motivational psychologists have also identified two types of motivation, based on the motivating factor’s relationship to the learner. These are intrinsic motivation, which originates from influences within an individual …, and extrinsic motivation, which comes from influences outside the learner …. Here’s one of the biggest problems we face as designers of e-Learning content: without the luxury of face-to-face interaction with our audience, how can we keep our audience motivated enough to not only complete the courses we create, but to actually enjoy learning the skills and knowledge we set before them? In this article, I offer a close look at some successful learner motivation methods that for many years have helped instructional designers enhance the learning experience. You can incorporate these into your e-Learning courses. Strategy 1: Learn the basics of motivation

Strategies for Effective Lesson Planning Stiliana Milkova Center for Research on Learning and Teaching A lesson plan is the instructor’s road map of what students need to learn and how it will be done effectively during the class time. Before you plan your lesson, you will first need to identify the learning objectives for the class meeting. Then, you can design appropriate learning activities and develop strategies to obtain feedback on student learning. Ten Best Practices for Teaching Online J. V. Boettcher, Ph.D. Designing for Learning 2006 - 2013

Literacy Professional Learning Resource - Key Concepts - AusVELS Levels 7 to 10 - Zone of Proximal Development and Scaffolding Scaffolding: The theory There are three theorists in the field of Scaffolding. This section describes each of their theories in detail. Graph: Zone of proximal development: Vygotsky Scaffolding – Bruner Scaffolding in this context is learning through the joint construction of language and gradually withdrawing adult support as children master the language. Online discussions: tips for instructors Online discussions are much like face-to-face discussions: they require preparation and active management in order to facilitate student learning. However, added complexities exist in the online environment, such as getting students comfortable with the conferencing system and helping them to communicate clearly without the aid of nonverbal communication cues. This tips sheet outlines the benefits of online discussions, then provides tips for both planning and facilitating such discussions. Tips to pass on to your students are also included at the end. Student work is high quality. Because students know that you and their peers will read their postings, they often put significant thought and effort into them.

10 Learning Design Strategies to Engage Learners Better Trainers all over the world are facing many challenges to keep learners engaged and stay on track. It is a well-known fact that today’s learners are unable to pay attention to the trainings and they are easily diverted from what they are doing, it’s because of technology, Internet, social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), messengers, phones calls, text messages, mails, etc. and all these lead to short attention span and easy distraction. A study by Microsoft study focuses on the decreasing attention span of humans – from 12 seconds in 2000 to 8 seconds due to Smartphones. How to overcome these challenges? How to keep learners engaged throughout the course?

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