Distance Learning Course Activities<br />Dr. Melanie Shaw<br />Mr. Todd Kane<br />
Introduction<br />Learning Activities<br /> <br />Different types of course activities students must complete in a diverse...
Research Questions<br />Format and length for courses<br />Activities and Assessments<br />Enjoyment<br />Fields of Study ...
Survey Participants – N= 166<br />
Format of Online Course<br />
Course Length<br />
Field of Study<br />
Learning Management System<br />
Types of Assignments<br />
Other Types of Assignments Listed<br />Readings<br />Online Surveys<br />Creating  spreadsheets<br />Research projects wit...
Activity Preferences<br />
What Activities Best Help You Retain Knowledge?<br />
Activity Difficulty<br />
Types of Assessments<br />
Assignment by Field of Study<br />
Most Frequent Activities by LMS<br />
Differences between Online Undergraduate Assignments and…<br />
Graduate Assignments<br />
Conclusion<br />A variety of learning formats and course lengths<br />Diverse Activities<br />Small Variance between field...
Questions<br />
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Drawing on current literature and a survey of online students and instructors from online institutions, the researchers explored the different types of assignments and assessments required for completion of online courses, the Learning Management Systems utilized, and differences between undergraduate and graduate tasks assigned, according to field of study. While there is a significant amount of available research on instructional efficacy in online classes, there are few studies that account for the types of course activities students must complete in distance learning courses. This study details the variety of online assessments and activities assigned to students attending institutions of higher education that are either fully online or utilizing a blended learning format. Recommendations are made for diverse instructional tasks, which can be assigned based on available technology and curricular flexibility. Key terms used in the study appear at the end of this chapter.

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Distance Learning Course Activities

  1. 1. Distance Learning Course Activities<br />Dr. Melanie Shaw<br />Mr. Todd Kane<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />Learning Activities<br /> <br />Different types of course activities students must complete in a diverse sampling of online courses. <br />
  3. 3. Research Questions<br />Format and length for courses<br />Activities and Assessments<br />Enjoyment<br />Fields of Study and Student Levels<br />Learning Management System (LMS)<br />Student Perceptions based on LMS <br />
  4. 4. Survey Participants – N= 166<br />
  5. 5. Format of Online Course<br />
  6. 6. Course Length<br />
  7. 7. Field of Study<br />
  8. 8. Learning Management System<br />
  9. 9. Types of Assignments<br />
  10. 10. Other Types of Assignments Listed<br />Readings<br />Online Surveys<br />Creating spreadsheets<br />Research projects with publication goals<br />Journals<br />Objective testing<br />Role playing<br />Question and answer activities<br />Surveys<br />Simulations<br />Annotated bibliographies<br />Posting to organizational websites<br />Polls<br />Case studies<br />Reading summaries<br />Watching videos<br />youtube.com<br />Tests<br />Interviews<br />Discussion Threads<br />LinkedIn Group participation<br />Debates<br />PDF creation<br />Group presentations<br />Twitter postings<br />Chats<br />Visual diagrams<br />Reflective essays<br />Project proposals<br />Graph Creation<br />Summarizing reports<br />Online homework pages<br />Portfolios<br />Access projects<br />Chapter reviews<br />Interactive learning collaborations<br />Wikis<br />Open Office use<br />Programming activities<br />Virtual worlds immersion experiences<br />Math labs<br />Technical projects<br />Website creation<br />Online lecture attendance<br />
  11. 11. Activity Preferences<br />
  12. 12. What Activities Best Help You Retain Knowledge?<br />
  13. 13. Activity Difficulty<br />
  14. 14. Types of Assessments<br />
  15. 15. Assignment by Field of Study<br />
  16. 16. Most Frequent Activities by LMS<br />
  17. 17. Differences between Online Undergraduate Assignments and…<br />
  18. 18. Graduate Assignments<br />
  19. 19. Conclusion<br />A variety of learning formats and course lengths<br />Diverse Activities<br />Small Variance between fields of study and levels of students<br />The most commonly utilized LMS is Blackboard. <br />Online Discussions and Research Papers<br />
  20. 20. Questions<br />

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