In an online course it is important to communicate and collaborate with one another. By doing this, students can learn from one another, make important connections, help troubleshoot technical issues, and answer questions about the course. Generate discussions and small groups in order to inspire collaboration between students.
- [Voiceover] In order to create an engaging online course,…it's important for the instructor to establish…student to student communication…and collaboration.…The instructor has to establish a place for this to happen,…but also foster a culture in which students are comfortable…communicating with one another.…When students begin communicating with one another,…great things begin to happen.…They learn from one another.…They'll help to solve problems that other students post,…such as troubleshooting technical problems,…and they'll begin working on important online communication…and collaboration skills that they'll likely need…for their future.…
Let's take a look at a couple ways…in which student's can communicate…and collaborate in a learning management system,…and how the instructor can help to foster…a collaborative environment.…First, most learning management systems…will have a discussion or forum feature.…I'm in Canvas right now,…and I'll click on my Animal Behavior course.…And I'm on my homepage right now,…
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