Fostering an environment in which students communicate and collaborate with the instructor and other students is critical in an online course. An important step in designing an online course is to establish how students will be expected to communicate with the instructor, engage in discussions, and collaborate with other students.
- [Voiceover] As I've mentioned earlier,…it's important for the instructor to foster an environment…of communication and collaboration.…This isn't possible, however, until you establish…the modes of communication.…You must ensure that students know how…to contact the instructor or other students.…This can be done in a number of ways.…Course communication can take place…within the learning management system…whether it's through direct messages,…a forum or discussion board.…Perhaps you want students to use email,…and if so, are email addresses made available?…And as the instructor, you'll have to decide…whether you'll accept text messages or phone calls…from students who have questions.…
It's also important to create an environment…in which students collaborate…whether this is for group projects,…group discussions or possibly questions…about due dates, content or troubleshooting.…You're going to want to ensure…that students understand where and how…to collaborate within your online course.…Again, this can be done in a number…
Staff author Oliver Schinkten draws the connections between high-quality instruction and online education. He provides a framework for creating a digital classroom—with or without a learning management system—and guidance to get students interacting with the course material, the instructor, and each other. Collaboration is the key to making the learning experience more dynamic. Oliver also shows how to incorporate digital resources and the latest ed tech into your classroom, and make sure the lessons are accessible to students of all ability levels.
- What is online education?
- Why does online education succeed?
- Understanding learning management systems
- Incorporating technology in the classroom
- Setting guidelines and expectations about online courses
- Writing learning outcomes and learning objectives
- Sharing and curating files and resources
- Tracking student progress
- Engaging students
- Fostering communication
- Providing feedback
- Making learning accessible to students with disabilities