online learning

Rhetorically Evaluating Sources

We want to hear from you. What do you tell students about evaluating sources for research projects or papers? Share your tips, the advice that you share with your classes, or guidelines that you lay out for students, in the comments section below. Do you find that your students encounter challenges thinking critically about which sources to choose as they research and write because they have so much information available at their fingertips? With the rise of Wikipedia and discussion boards available on just about any topic you can think of, how can you steer learners in the right Read More…


What Personal Attributes Contribute to an Online Learner’s Success?

Most students entering an online learning program know the basic keys to success in education. After all, they have made it to college or graduate school — and perhaps even been at the top of their classes prior to arriving at their new institutions. However, the nature of online learning demands a particular set of skills, attitudes, and habits that lead to success — not to mention the self discipline necessary for programs that allow students to set their own schedule and work at their own pace. For this reason, even the most motivated and diligent students may find Read More…


Helping Students Master Challenging Concepts

Guest Contributor: Melisa “Joey” Bryant, Forsyth Technical Community College. In today’s post, Melisa “Joey” Bryant, program coordinator in the Thomas H. Davis iTEC Center at Forsyth Technical Community College, discusses how getting students involved with teaching your class can enable them to tackle challenging concepts and better understand tough material. How do you help your learners conquer difficult topics in your courses? Share your ideas and teaching tips in the comments section below. One of the most frustrating experiences as a student is going into a class and feeling like you are the only one who doesn’t understand what the teacher is saying. Read More…


Collaborative Learning: Leveraging Social Learning Sites (Part 1 of 2)

Guest Contributor: Kristopher M. Carilli, Account Executive, ConnectYard. Part One of a Two-Part Series. For the past two decades a transformation has been occurring in teaching and learning circles. There has been a transition from the traditional lecture centered model of instruction to one that emphasizes student discussions and active engagement with curriculum content. The term “collaborative learning” has been coined to describe strategies that support the latter model, including learning communities, virtual learning communities, and social learning sites (SLS). The rapid advance of information technology and the growing popularity of social networking sites have provided additional opportunities to Read More…


Personal Learning Environments: A Way to Engage Students in Self-Regulated Learning

Guest Contributor: Nada Dabbagh, George Mason University. Many of today’s learners are likely to be familiar with, and facile with, today’s technologies. However, it can take some effort and skill to help them use and manage online resources to their fullest advantage within the educational setting. Today, Nada Dabbagh discusses how Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) can help your students learn to best manage their learning spaces and thus take greater charge of their own learning opportunities. Dabbagh, who serves as the professor and director of the Division of Learning Technologies in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason Read More…


Keeping Your Computer Secure

Whether you’re teaching an online or on-ground course, your computer is an indispensable part of your and your students’ everyday lives. Losing the information you’ve stored there is a significant blow to your ability to perform successfully. Begin considering the loss of privacy, security, intellectual property, money, and other data that takes place via hacking, phishing, and other forms of identity theft — as well as the damage done to computers by malware, hackers, and other forms of cyberattack — and you’ll undoubtedly recognize the importance of keeping your computer as safe and secure as can be. To this Read More…


Activity Idea: Create a Presentation on Emerging Technologies

Researching a topic on one’s own, and then teaching others about it, often provides a deeper understanding of that topic. The following activity, drawn from Beverly Amer’s New Perspectives: Portfolio Projects for Soft Skills, can help your students learn more about new technologies, and then gain the valuable — and confidence-building — experience of presenting what they’ve learned to you and their peers.  
There’s never a dull moment in the world of technology. This assignment gives you the opportunity to create your own PowerPoint presentation on an emerging technology. 1. Choose one of the emerging technologies or trends from the Read More…


Technology 2013: Everything Just Changed

Guest Contributor: Professor Corinne Hoisington, Central Virginia Community College.  Which technologies will have an impact on your teaching life in 2013 and beyond? Staying on the cutting edge is crucial in our classrooms and these four trends and products will shape the future of technology and teaching as we know it. All are worthy replacements for your legacy and sometimes forgotten technology, and they’ll give you some new productive, inspirational tools to boot. Favorite New Teaching Tool Need a technology that you can’t teach without? Think back to the last time you assigned homework that was even boring for you to grade; however, Read More…


Teaching Online: Keys to Success

Guest Contributor Ken Baldauf, Florida State University. MOOCs, MOOCs, MOOCs! Everyone’s talking about MOOCs! Are massively open online courses really going to take over higher education? While MOOCs aren’t yet a serious threat to a traditional college degree, they have opened educators’ and administrators’ eyes to the advantages of online education. Class enrollment is no longer limited by classroom space, and university enrollment need not be limited to residential students. As institutions work to define the scope of their student population, many are exploring various forms of online education. Here at Florida State University, we have been offering online courses and online Read More…


Tin Can Opens the SCORM Silo

Guest Contributor: June Parsons. Love it or hate it, learning management systems (LMSs) have become a key technology in today’s digital educational environment. Instructors use their LMS for tracking student progress and for grading. Students use the LMS to access course schedules, submit assignments, check their grades, and contact their instructors. As a textbook author, LMSs seemed a logical platform for content delivery. Digital interactive textbooks, such as New Perspectives on Computer Concepts and Practical Computer Literacy, should be easy to deliver from any LMS. The possibilities all make sense; students would be able to log Read More…