Wednesday, July 18

Three Principles Of Effective Online Pedagogy (by Bill Pelz)

Link to article
The three principles of effective online pedagogy:

  • Let the students do (most of) the work - Student led discussions, student find and discuss web resources, students help each other learn (Peer assistance), students grade their own homework assignments , and case study analysis.
  • Interactivity is the heart and soul of effective asynchronous learning - Collaborative research paper and research proposal team project.
  • Strive for presence - Discussion responses that add value to a discussion fall into one or more of three categories: Social Presence, Cognitive Presence, or Teaching Presence.

"There are two ways that the professor and the students can add teaching presence to a discussion:

  • By facilitating the discussion: a) Identifying areas of agreement and disagreement, b) Seeking to reach consensus / understanding, c) Encouraging, acknowledging and reinforcing student contributions, d) Setting a climate for learning, e) Drawing in participants / prompting discussion, f) Assessing the efficacy of the process
  • By direct instruction: a) Presenting content and questions, b) Focusing the discussion, c) Summarizing the discussion, d) Confirming understanding, e) Diagnosing misperceptions, f) Injecting knowledge from diverse sources, g) Responding to technical concerns "

An interesting and in-depth article showing many examples of effective online learning. If you are facilitator or lecturer involved in online learning, this paper will give you many ideas on how to improve the online teaching and learning environment. If you are not involved in online learning, then you should read it anyway . Students should also read it, so that they can enlighten their facilitator or lecturer with some juicy tips, if the class is boring and not enjoyable.

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