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Last Friday I took a scenic drive up to Boone for the Appalachian State FreeLearning Conference. Spoiler alert: if you can get to this conference, go! For a whole bunch of reasons this conference needs to be on your 2016 calendar including the awesome team that organized it, the wide regional representation (Duke folks, Elon faculty,

Self awareness, cheating, and online classes. How are these things related? Well, for starters, they all work off of each other. This study on anonymity finds that self awareness is a resource for preventing cheating in online classes. How? The feeling of anonymity in online classes is something we have touched base before (here and here).

How direct can you be with your online students, especially from a virtual space? What is the best way to get your students to stay focused in your online classes? Is there a correct strategy for online students to learn course material? Epository instruction, aka a direct teaching strategy, is a style of instruction that may

Can you teach online?

Monday, 30 March 2015 by

Want to become an online instructor?   This qualitative research study from online faculty members produced insight on online faculty burnout and strategies to identify the teaching strategies, attributes, and job satisfaction of online faculty. In a nutshell, the research identified traits those looking to teach online or transition into online teaching. What attributes do

Creating a Community of Learning

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 by

There are many advantages to students who are involved in learning communities. Studies show that students maintain greater academic achievement, greater involvement in classes, more motivation, greater intellectual development and increased retention. Overall, these students are often more engaged and satisfied with their college experience and are more likely to remain in school. How is

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