online learning

The Use of Digital Learning Solutions for English Composition

In today’s ever-evolving educational landscape, it is essential for learning solutions providers to constantly seek out the voice of the instructor when developing content and supporting resources. In creating the new MindTap learning solution for the Composition discipline, Cengage Learning’s goal was to ensure the voice of the Composition instructor informed every decision.

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Instructors Weigh In on Taking Online Courses

In a recent survey, we discovered that the majority of instructors, 64%, have had experience teaching online courses. But how many of them have taken an online course themselves? We decided to ask our community of educators how many of them have taken an online course before. Learn what your peers have to say about their experience. Read More…


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.

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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…