The newest issue of Online Classroom has articles on the following topics:
Synchronous Activities for an Online Class
Synchronous meetings can be a valuable addition to otherwise asynchronous online courses. They build community and combat a student’s sense of isolation. There are a number of ways to use synchronous sessions to add value to a course.
Student Performance with Learning Logs
It is easy to forget that learning is not a simple transfer of information from the head of the teacher to the head of the student. Students build knowledge in their own heads through a combination of external cues and reflection.
Using Instagram in the Online Classroom
In today’s selfie world, photo and video sites such as Instagram have become one of the most popular ways for young people to communicate. This makes Instagram an ideal platform for increasing student understanding and engagement in online courses by having students share what they know with one another.
Create Student Engagement with your Videos
The traditional online course structure violates a fundamental principle of learning by separating the process of getting information from the process of engaging it. The student is asked to go through some sort of resource in its entirety—be it a video, website, or reading—and then reflect on it later with an essay or discussion post.
Tips from the Pros: Using Air Sketch in Hybrid and Online Courses
The flipped classroom reverses the traditional teaching formula by putting the “lecture” online and using class time for engagement with the material. But many faculty trip up when trying to find activities for the face-to-face component of the class, and often end up reverting to lecturing.
The Online Learning Year in Review
The online learning field is constantly changing, with new ideas appearing all the time. Here we look at the major trends in online education over the past year.
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