online learning

Tips for Students: Get the Most Out of Your Online Course

Online classes provide terrific opportunities for college students around the world. They’re easy to work around a busy schedule, no commuting, and you don’t even have to live in or relocate to a college town. Both with their own unique merits, online courses and in-person courses require slightly different approaches. Share our top tips for succeeding in an online course with your students. Read More…

Exploring the Benefits of Hybrid Courses

At the Engaging Minds blog, we wanted to learn more about the experiences both instructors and students are having in hybrid courses… so, we set out by asking instructors and students some questions that would give us some insights, which we’ll share with you today!

To begin, in our recent Instructor Engagement Insights survey, we asked: Have you taught a “hybrid” (part online, part on-campus) course before?

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Knewton: Producing a Truly Adaptive Learning Experience

Guest Contributor: Jennifer Shea, Knewton. Lately, it seems every new educational product features some form of adaptive learning. It can be hard to sort out the differences between these products. What does personalization in a learning product really mean? It depends. Not all adaptive learning is created equal. Most of today’s “adaptive” solutions are built on rules-based systems, which use a few checkpoints to route students through a variety of pre-determined paths. These products are a lot like Choose Your Own Adventure books: students can move through the course in one of a few possible ways. For example, Read More…

Overcoming Obstacles to Creating Online Community

Many instructors have voiced their concern about the lack of community that forms in their online classrooms. The first step to overcoming any on-going challenge is isolating the biggest issues. To determine this, we asked thousands of students and instructors about the biggest struggles to creating a strong online community. Read More…

Tools and Methods for Building Community in Online Courses

In an on-campus class, the development of community among students can come somewhat naturally as a result of their participation in your assignments. Class discussions, team projects and presentations, and study groups can help students get to know one another and develop a sense of familiarity and cohesion. What’s more, an impromptu invite to coffee or lunch after class is a very typical way for students to make friendships and build connections with their classmates.

Given that online students may never have the opportunity to meet in person, the process of building community in online courses can be more difficult. However, that’s not to say it can’t be done; it certainly can! It does take some effort, as well as some strategies that differ from the ones you’d use in an on-campus course.

We recently asked instructors: What methods you use to encourage community in your online classes? Below, you’ll see how they responded.
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Benefits of Building Community in an Online Course

Do you think it’s possible to build a genuine community experience in an online course? We asked thousands of students and instructors if they think it’s possible to have a strong sense of community in an online classroom and what the benefits are. Discover what students and your peers say are the main benefits of creating community online.

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Creating Community in Online Courses: Tips from Faculty

In our recent Instructor Engagement Insights survey, we asked: “What advice would you share with an instructor who’s hoping to improve or increase the sense of community in his or her online course?” Below, we’ve shared a number of instructors’ responses, organized under five general themes.

What advice would you share about creating community in online courses? What do you want to know? Share your insights or questions in the comments. 


Get prepared, and make a plan.

Be purposeful, be organized, and be creative when developing your online course. You must think outside the box to develop interactions that will benefit, Read More…

Top Takeaways from Teaching Online Courses

For instructors who have been leading classes in-person for years or even decades, making the move to online teaching can be a difficult one. We asked hundreds of instructors for some insight on their experiences in teaching online classes.

Of the 700+ instructors surveyed, 67% said they have taught an online class before. Anyone can try it once, but would they repeat the experience? We asked instructors, “If you have taught online before, would you repeat the experience?” Find out just what these instructors had to say about their experience and pick up some tips for teaching online. Read More…

Case Studies, Technology, and Pedagogy: Delivering Cases Through Multiple Platforms

The Case method is a powerful student-centered teaching tool that brings real-life situations into the classroom. This paper describes variations and insights that emerge from the experiences in teaching cases using diverse online and in-class available technologies. Cases can impart pedagogic outcomes such as critical thinking, communication, and interpersonal skills in addition to depth and multidisciplinary breadth of content. The case method serves to bridge the gap between theory and practice, and impart pedagogic outcomes such as critical thinking, communication, and interpersonal skills in addition to depth and multidisciplinary breadth of content.

Given the ubiquitous nature of technology supporting pedagogy, this article highlights how technology may be applied to the case study method. Different teaching approaches (hybrid and fully online approach) facilitated by technology supports a range of learning environments with additional advantages from group interaction and synchronous presentation tools. It is also relevant that the use of modern technology will give tomorrow’s leaders the advantage of having learned in the same environment in which they will work.

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Best Practices for Teaching Accounting Courses Online

This article discusses the best practices in teaching and learning online accounting courses in the second largest, private, nonprofit, and accredited institution of higher learning in California. The university offers a unique one-course-a month format that caters to the needs of working adults with average age of thirty three years. The flexible online degree programs enable students to complete their degree programs in a highly intensive and accelerated time frame. This piece of research provides strategies and techniques that result to more effective and efficient teaching/learning in the Bachelor of Science in Accountancy program. It includes topics such as course outline, program learning outcomes mapped to institutional learning outcomes, specific courses and related course learning outcomes, asynchronous threaded discussion, synchronous live chat sessions, and grading factors in the assessment of students’ achievement in the course. It is hoped that this research will contribute to a more productive learning and teaching experience in the global virtual classrooms.
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