Creatively Engaging Students in Online Learning to Improve Student Learning Outcomes
Wednesday, March 28 10:15-10:30 AM Location: Edison E
Presider: Mohammad Almalag, Indiana University Kokomo, United States
Abstract: Online learning attracts students who need a flexible schedule or live too far from the institution for face-to-face courses. The problem exists that these learners report a feeling of disconnection with their professors and other students. As course designers and teachers, we must approach online learning differently than face-to-face. Several long-held educational practices are transferable to the online classroom, but educators need to be mindful of bumps and make appropriate changes on the fly. What works in the physical classroom may flop in the virtual classroom with a different population of students. Making quick alterations for the benefit of the learning outcomes might be necessary despite a well-planned course. The best practices for online learning date back to the earliest days of the Internet and are now present in nearly every discipline. Pioneers and maverick educators have contributed to the shared knowledge of pitfalls and successes in online learning for nearly 30 years. This session will condense a literature review into a manageable list of suggestions for general teaching such as using creativity, quality feedback, authentic assessments, and well-designed group projects to engage the online learner.