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Teaching in cyberspace involves more than taking traditional teaching models and transferring them to a different medium. The use of online distance learning is creating changes in the delivery of education in general. Changes in online distance learning are also occurring rapidly, predominantly in the ways courses are developed and delivered. This paper… (More)
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Becoming Learner Focused When online learning was in its infancy, the focus in the field was to orient faculty to the use of technology and how to develop an online course. With the realization, however, that students in an online course will not simply know how to engage with the instructor, the material, or one another, a focus on the student is emerging.… (More)
The online environment can be a lonely place. Students and faculty alike report feelings of isolation when working online. The benefits of taking or teaching an online class – being able to connect any time and any place, from one's bedroom in pajamas and bunny slippers or from a library or computer lab – also can be a detriment of sorts given that, for the… (More)
Wenger (1999) notes that issues of education should be addressed first and foremost in terms of identities and modes of belonging, two elements that are critical factors in the creation of community, whether it be face-to-face or online. In other words, it is the social aspects of education that are the most important. Wenger feels that after these… (More)
In an updated version of their first edition, Lessons from the Virtual Classroom: The Realities of Online Learning, Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt address technological changes and developments in online teaching emerging in the last ten years. The authors provide guidelines and suggestions not only for the K-12 sector, but also higher education relating to… (More)
The Changing Nature of Evaluation Given that delivering education online is changing the landscape of learning, bringing with it approaches and techniques that are not necessarily used in the face-to-face classroom, doesn't it make sense that the ways in which we assess student learning and evaluate courses and faculty should change as well? It behooves… (More)