The Benefits of Online :earning: Part1


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  • Structure courses around an array of high quality, interactive learning materials and activities that encourage student-centered collaboration and investigation: Discussion boards, Blogs, Audio/Video sharing, Google docs, Wikis. (Teacher is not main driver of content related discourse.)
  • Capacity to provide customized instruction more efficiently to accommodate different student needs, increase access to high-level courses, and deliver subject matter in ways not possible with traditional classroom instruction.[ Hybrid learning experience with SPED students engaging effectively in EXTENSION activities normally reserved for Advanced Academic students.
  • Use of different approaches that are not fully online. (Supports students who are not quite ready for a fully online course develop the skills in online learning that will result in success; Breaks content up into chunks more manageable for students.) Quality content and instruction can be delivered to areas where those resources are not available in any other way.
  • Special student needs gain new focus. The release of a Request for Proposal in mid-2011 by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs(OSEP), for the establishment of a Center for Online Learning and Students with Disabilities, suggests that the federal government believes that online learning can serve all students. In general, there is a newly sophisticated emphasis on meeting special student needs in online and blended learning.(Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning: An Annual Review of Policy and Practice (2011), P. #6)
  • Story of “Joyce Mendoza”: speech challenges, shyness; Asperger’s Syndrome; Usual actions in regular class; Actions when given virtual learning opportunity
  • Story of “Joe”: Needed to look and act really cool for the girls in class, BUT, in virtual class he displayed thinking and effort not seen elsewhere.; Visual barrier of being in presence of those from whom he wanted approval prevented him from attaining content mastery.)
  • Discourse should be open and content-centered; it may be facilitated through threaded discussions, chat, or synchronous class sessions that include audio/video exchange, e-mail, and instant messaging.
  • Reflection: In addition, the student is given time to reflect on the information before responding.; Then students can assess their own thinking based on how they see others responding.
  • Engagement: PIP videos is a start to do this with MS students. Include a recuring element, such as the “Meet the Dogs Moment”; award badges for module completion; timely feedback;
  • Variety; Meet needs with one tool or another; Collaboration
  • “Teacher’s Lounge” idea: Increase engagement out of online classroom; Invite students in
  • The Benefits of Online :earning: Part1

    1. 1. The Benefits ofOnline Learning
    2. 2. Student Centered
    3. 3. Interactivity Google Docs
    4. 4. Customization/Differentiation
    5. 5. Blended Approach
    6. 6. Overcome Learning Challenges
    7. 7. Communication
    8. 8. Benefits: Online learning opens doors of communication wider JiLT5A6I/AAAAAAAAAC0/0Hu5WB2r- 2Y/s1600/ist2_570486-computer-headset- icon.jpg
    9. 9. Benefits: Online learning communication eliminates visual barriers
    10. 10. Formats forOnline LearningCommunication: Discourse
    11. 11. Formats for Online Learning Communication: Reflection
    12. 12. Communication to garner engagement: Dare to be goofy
    13. 13. Communication to support engagement
    14. 14. Communication to support students