Online Education: What About It?
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This presentation is about enlightening the students around the world in terms of the conception of online education which has hit the record and has raised a bar of quality education in various......

This presentation is about enlightening the students around the world in terms of the conception of online education which has hit the record and has raised a bar of quality education in various fields of education

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  • 1. Need for Orientation to Distance Education The distinctive nature of an online course as compared to a face-to-face (F2F) course: • Both teaching and learning to be addressed • Technology also needs to be addressed • Students must be prepared for Distance Education
  • 2. Why have a Student Orientation for Distance Education? • To free individual faculty from having to determine if a student is ready for an online course • For the student to self-assess his/her own readiness for online learning • To make sure that students understand the nature of online education and are realistic about the type and amount of work involved • To explain what is involved in the particular institution’s online courses
  • 3. Learning Outcomes of Online Orientation at Stockton • To learn or get a refresher on basic technology, time management, and organizational and study skills. • To learn how to write and read in an academic, online environment. • To learn the basics of online etiquette, or netiquette. • To find out specifically how Stockton offers its Distance Education courses. • To be able to decide for yourself if you are ready to take an online course.
  • 4. Middle States Commission on Higher Education • Student support consists of many components, including assisting “the prospective student in understanding independent learning expectations as well as the nature and potential challenges of learning in the program’s technology- based environment.” • The Commission notes the importance of student preparation for online or distance learning, and the institution’s necessary commitment to facilitating this preparation.  
  • 5. Journal “All first-time distance education students should be given a clear statement of course requirements in advance. This should include: 1) all course requirements; 2) the weekly time commitment and specific computer skills required by the course; and 3) a presentation of the practical difficulties of working at a distance and what is needed to manage those challenges successfully.”  
  • 6. Online Orientation To Promote Interactive Learning • Good practice encourages students to “discuss” course work with one another in online environment • Good practice also encourages students to “discuss” course work with professor in online environment • Orientation can introduce students to these critical concepts
  • 7. Why an Orientation? • Welcome Back! ▫ Most students are Continuing Ed  Community College Transfers  Taking on a Masters/Doctorate Program  Adding to their credentials ▫ Lapse since Students last participated in a class environment • Are You Ready for This? ▫ Technophile = Computer Literate (NOT always TRUE)  Many recent Grads who start a Continuing Ed or Graduate program lack essential computer skills ▫ Online/Hybrid courses are convenient & flexible, but still require commitment  Student Perception: Online = Easy (Almost Never True)
  • 8. Goals of Orientation • Get Students Started Early ▫ Prepares students before the first class starts • Set Expectations ▫ Make clear the style of the course offerings (online, hybrid, web assisted) ▫ Expected Commitments ▫ Policies and Procedures • Inform students about how to access Services ▫ Technical Support ▫ Administrative Support (registration, financial aid, grades)
  • 9. Limitations of Orientation • Bound Orientation Materials such that they ▫ Are pertinent to the first-time student  Do not drown the first-time student in a see of comprehensive information ▫ Do not dive much below the surface  Retention of training materials and information is often poor when not put immediately into practice ▫ Require minimal support  “Self Service” style orientations force students to explore the material  Make this easy to maintain and update for your institution
  • 10. Sources • http://www.papermoz.com/assignments/assignment-help/ • http://amarris.homestead.com/files/Academic_Writing.h • http://wac.colostate.edu/aw/