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The Humbling (at First) Experience of Teaching Online

November 4, 2013

Teaching OnlineThe article, The Humbling (at First) Experience of Teaching Online, written by Melora Sundt, Brandon Martinez, Corrine Hyde, and Kimberly Ferrario, appears in the Huffington Post’s College Blog on October 21, 2013.

It contains lessons learned about teaching online since this group of instructors began teaching online in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at the USC Rossier School of Education in 2009. Not much was known about teaching and learning online when they first started.

According to the authors, “Robust, interactive online classrooms led by excellent and well-prepared teachers can provide an optimal environment for students to learn.” They believe that Virtual Classrooms can be even more effective than on-campus learning environments. But the emphasis is on the word “can,” because instructors need to use the best practices in online education in order to make the most of the medium.

Some of the key elements of a successful online learning experience are: more structure–changing activities every 7 to 20-minutes, having students do more of the fact-based learning outside of class-time, and adequately training both students and instructors on the use of Virtual Classroom technology.

Click here to read the article.

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