Intro to Online Learning

What is online learning

Myths about online classes
Series of prevalent myths about taking online courses, along with the facts concerning the myths.

Online courses and how they change the nature of class
This paper presents findings related to how the nature of class changes when asynchronous online courses are used rather than classrooms.

The 5 big mistakes in virtual education
Slides explaining oline learning and the big mistakes in virtual education

Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration,
Interaction in Online Courses: More is NOT Always Better

Online Learning” Isn’t Learning Online
Learning online is not about finishing the course requirements a few days early or answering the questions that the text or the teacher dictate. It’s about finding our own path through the material. As I asked in a comment on the post, do students practice inquiry in these settings? Are they able to ask their own questions? Are they assessed any differently? Do they create any new knowledge in the process and, if so, is that knowledge shared anywhere? Does their experience in the course replicate real life in any new way? Does it teach them how to learn on their own? To go deep?

Persistence of Women in Online Degree-Completion Programs
Strong motivation to complete degrees, engagement in the learning community, and appreciation for the convenience of an online degree-completion option facilitated persistence.

3. Leading the Way
Two-year associate’s institutions provide the largest share of online enrollments, with more online students at these institutions than all other types combined,” according to the study

Why Einstein Would Have Loved Online Education
So why do I suspect that the world’s most celebrated genius would have embraced online degrees? Simple. Online education offers unprecedented flexibility, independence, and opportunity to those questing for knowledge and advancement.

The Online Learner: Characteristics and Pedagogical Implications
The emerging online learner can be described as someone who has a strong academic self-concept; is competent in the use of online learning technologies, particularly communication and collaborative technologies; understands, values, and engages in social interaction and collaborative learning; possesses strong interpersonal and communication skills; and is self-directed.

Endless Possibilites | AchieveYourCareer Blog
The major difference is online discussions are in written form, and the on site discussions of course are verbal. There is a tendency for students in on site classes to not say anything at all, and let the more verbal students dominate the discussion. My impression is these people did not read the assignment, and simply were unable to contribute to the discussion. This doesn’t happen in online discussions, as there is a requirement for all to contribute to discussions; as well as a record of the participation

The Use of Asynchronous Discussion: Creating a Text of Talk
Asynchronous discussion allows students to read and respond "out-of-time." This form of online discussion, as experienced in a college literacy course, creates a text of talk that has the potential to be reflective given the freedom participants have in their response time. However, students often struggle with reflection.

Socialization in the Online Classroom
It is likely that learners everywhere are attracted to online courses for the much same reasons. The convenience and flexibility of not having a fixed, physical meeting space coupled with the ability to work from convenient locales often gives students the impression of distance learning as being pretty easy. One of the difficulties that learners have with online course comes in the area of adjusting to asynchronous interaction, if this is the communication mode of the class. A few of the qualities of asynchronous communication--the time lag between interactions, the frequent lack of clear norms of communication and the absence of visual/auditory conversation cues—created anxiety for many students

10 Reasons to Earn an Online Degree in a Troubled Economy
When the economy is in trouble, many professionals turn to online learning. Here are ten reasons why earning an online degree is a smart way to deal with a recession.


Online Learning

  • Going Back to School
  • Online Learning
  • Successful Online Learning
  • Asynchronous Discussion
  • Onlne Teaching
  • Diplomas

  • Online High Schools
  • Online Community Colleges

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