Posts Tagged ‘online student learning’
March 14 - Echo360 Active Learning Platform Delivers Student Analytics with Insight on Student Activity, Participation and Engagement
Echo360, the global leader in campus-wide active and distance learning solutions, is announcing a product release that provides analytics for student activity before, during and after class. Data-rich summaries provide instructors intelligent insight on each student’s participation, flags topics of difficulty and measures student engagement in and out of class. Ultimately, this data will guide instructor-led course adjustments and improve academic outcomes as teaching pedagogies changes to respond to student cues in real time.
September 18 - Five Free Tools for Connecting and Engaging Online Learners
If you’re teaching online, you’ve likely confronted the reality that most opportunities to improve the learning experience for your students just don’t fit your budget. Fortunately, with a little digging, you’ll find there are a number of free tools that will help you increase student engagement, improve outcomes, and make the online classroom experience a more robust and satisfying one for you and your students.
Online courses have their benefits, but increased student participation usually isn’t often one of them. Without the physical space of a classroom, how do you create an environment for meaningful discussion? Learn how to enhance the student experience by using six concrete strategies to boost participation, deepen learning, and increase student satisfaction with online courses.
End-of-course evaluations, conducted properly, can serve as valuable tools for improving online programs, but they’re not without their drawbacks.
“One of the problems is current students benefit little from the end-of-course surveys,” said Phil Ice, EdD, associate vice president of research and development at American Public University System. “Whenever you’re measuring what the student thinks of the course or their perceived learning, instructor performance, the way assets are utilized, you’re capturing that information retrospectively. So you’re not really helping the students who are engaged right now.”
September 20 - How to Design Effective Online Group Work Activities
There are many reasons why students don’t like group work, and in the online classroom the list of reasons grows even longer as the asynchronous nature of online courses not only makes collaboration more difficult but almost counterintuitive.
Community colleges are especially prone to problems with student completion of courses and retention of the students to graduation. To assist these institutions in addressing problems of persistence among online students, Robert Knipe, dean of learning technologies at Genesee Community College, undertook a study with area colleagues to learn what factors are most critical in predicting success, with an eye to understanding which factors are in the college’s control and which may predict a student at risk for failing to persist.
Many faculty have questions about the relative merits of online courses versus the traditional face-to-face classroom experiences. Researchers also have an interest in the question, and a variety of studies have been conducted with the usual mixed results but overall accumulating evidence that online courses can provide rich learning experiences. But for many faculty, it is still an open and individual question. Many would like to have the opportunity Kathleen Dolan describes.
If you are thinking of adding streamed audio and/or video presentations to your blended or online course, here are some things to consider.
If you’re not using Web 2.0 tools in your classes, you’re missing out … and so are your students. This seminar will improve your understanding of Web 2.0 tools and show you how they can be integrated into your online course. The good news is these tools are much easier use than you might expect.