Tag Archives: online students

Online learning future resides in seamless integration of distance students in the university’s regular activities

In today’s world, pretty much every student ends up taking online courses. According to Allen and Seaman (2011), there are over six millions online students (that is, taking at least one online course) in the United States. So how are … Continue reading

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Lifelong learning in glowing colors: Reality or delusion?

Having faced a lot of personal challenges myself, I have always been a strong proponent of increased access to higher education. Thanks to my graduate diploma in multimedia instructional design and master’s degree in distance education and having spent the … Continue reading

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Ensuring quality online learning

In this report shared by Tony Bates, Bill Gates offers his views on ensuring quality online learning: One step that would help is having course standards that break down all of the various things to be learned into a clear … Continue reading

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Using online class time wisely

In a recent talk (Quest 2010), Alec Couros suggested that lectures be put on course websites and class time be used for coaching, which is exactly what I think. It makes so much sense especially at the graduate level where … Continue reading

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The sustainability of online communities

In a metacognitive reflection on her experience in the ECI831 course, Dramateach writes: “I long to take more online courses and continue my interactions long after this course.” As a researcher of online communities, this is of great interest to … Continue reading

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The foundation of a vibrant learning community

As an online educator, I am a strong proponent of teaching students basic interaction and collaboration skills. As is the case with teamwork, we expect them to perform but are guilty of assuming that they have the required know-how. Can … Continue reading

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On student’s motivation and engagement

Being a mentor in Alec Couros’ EC&I 831 online course is a wonderful opportunity to observe an open education classroom leveraging the potential of Internet in education. Back in 2008, I also had the opportunity to attend Stephen Downes and … Continue reading

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