Best Practices for Teaching Developmental Reading in the
                     Virtual Classroom

          Leslie A. Salle...
Developmental students do not have the skills
  (reading, writing, computer, etc.) to complete an
  online course.
Develop...
What are some other reasons developmental
 students cannot do the work online?
The US Department of Education’s recent report states that online
   education is just as effective a learning platform as...
Video of Baker College Online
Six-week class
Small class size
Required level of participation
Assignments and grading
Department-developed “master” cour...
Lab component
  Pretest
  Skills Exercises
  Posttest

Short text
Critical thinking practice
Reading/learning strategy qui...
Frequent announcements
  Clear, explicit instructions
  Reminders
Multiples points of contact
  Q & A forum
  Email
  Phon...
What kinds of online developmental programs
or courses are you offering at your institution?

How successful are they?

If...
Leslie A. Salley, M.A.
Online Instructor & eLearning Specialist
English, Reading, Sociology, & Teacher Education
leslie.sa...
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Ease on Down the River: Best Practices for Teaching Developmental Reading in the Virtual Classroom

  1. 1. Best Practices for Teaching Developmental Reading in the Virtual Classroom Leslie A. Salley, Baker College Online
  2. 2. Developmental students do not have the skills (reading, writing, computer, etc.) to complete an online course. Developmental students need more one-on-one attention and regular feedback than an online course can provide. Developmental students cannot have online discussions. Developmental students lose out on the social aspect of the classroom.
  3. 3. What are some other reasons developmental students cannot do the work online?
  4. 4. The US Department of Education’s recent report states that online education is just as effective a learning platform as face-to-face learning. http://www.ed.gov/rschstat/eval/tech/evidence-based- practices/finalreport.pdf http://www.league.org/blog/post.cfm/teaching-developmental- reading-with-hybrid-instruction http://www.league.org/league/projects/beo/
  5. 5. Video of Baker College Online
  6. 6. Six-week class Small class size Required level of participation Assignments and grading Department-developed “master” course
  7. 7. Lab component Pretest Skills Exercises Posttest Short text Critical thinking practice Reading/learning strategy quizzes Chunked essay project
  8. 8. Frequent announcements Clear, explicit instructions Reminders Multiples points of contact Q & A forum Email Phone Facebook Skype/Yahoo Messenger Discussion boards Seminars Tutorials/videos Learning resources/tutoring
  9. 9. What kinds of online developmental programs or courses are you offering at your institution? How successful are they? If you do not teach online, what is stopping you?
  10. 10. Leslie A. Salley, M.A. Online Instructor & eLearning Specialist English, Reading, Sociology, & Teacher Education leslie.salley@yahoo.com 417-766-6691 www.linkedin.com/in/lesliesalley

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