Becoming a great e-teacher

Friday, 19 December 2014 by

What makes an online instructor a great online instructor? While online teachers need to provide intellectual and scholarly leadership, and share subject matter knowledge with students, some have said that the role of online teaching is unlike classroom-based teaching in that “the teacher must adopt the role of the facilitator, not content provider”. While there

How do different environments affect learners? According to the equivalency theory, it is the responsibility of the educator to design learning events that provide experiences with equal value for learners no matter what environment the learners are coming from. The theory states that in order for distance education to be successful, there should be equivalency

A research study from Taylor’s College found that online discussion boards are an important tool when promoting student-centered learning. The study took a total of 57 students and had them participate in an Blackboard LMS online discussion board to formulate focus questions on a topic of their choice. The students were able to accomplish the

The situated learning theory states that learning occurs as a function of the activity, context, and culture in which it occurs. This means that students learn content through activities rather than acquiring information organized by instructors. In order for learning to occur, knowledge needs to be presented in authentic contexts, aka settings and situations that

Motivation Matters

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 by

  According to Foundations of Educational Theory for Online Learning, an imperative part of the effectiveness of online learning is motivation. Students taking online classes absolutely need motivation to learn.   To incorporate motivation in online education, it’s important to understand the motivation within a students learning style, the motivation during active learning, and how to