This week we explore evaluating students through online testing and the best practices around online quiz settings.
Many instructors are teaching online and would like feedback on their delivery of these online courses. The process for peer observation of online courses is similar to the face to face model with a few tweaks.
Learning Management Systems (LMS) have become such necessary components of a 21 st century learning environment that it is hard to imagine an institution operating without one.
In this post for Forbes, Barbara Kurshan, senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, explores online learning at the post-secondary level. Kurshan examines the common fault of institutions who assign instructors to teach online with the assumption that the required skills and knowledge are the same as for face-to-face instruction.
Online learning is becoming increasingly flexible, with the unbundling of courses into smaller bite-size bits of learning and increased accessibility through mobile devices, students have access to learning anytime, anywhere. Much of the online content taught is available asynchronously with students accessing online videos, lectures, and pre-prepared materials through a learning management system. Over 90% of institutions that offered online courses offered them in an asynchronous way (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2008). This offers flexibility for students and allows them to set the pace of their learning and access materials at a time that is convenient for them.
Post secondary institutions can no longer afford to continue operating the way that they have operated and are “recogniz[ing] the need to constantly look for new approaches to meet the needs of […] learners and the community in fiscally challenging times” (Lethbridge College, 2014). For many institutions this may mean a deficit budget while the institution undergoes bold restructuring in the manner that they serve students and the community.
Due to changing funding models, new technologies, the increasing diversity of the student body and rapid change in industry needs, post secondary institutions are undergoing an unprecedented pressure to respond to multiple internal and external pressures. Educational technology has offered a number of micro system solutions that boast improved student outcomes when employed in the classroom (virtual or real).
Students Speak: Conversations from the Classroom is a podcast series that investigates the experience of post-secondary students in areas such as technology, online learning, and teaching and learning. In this episode we speak with James and Rylan about their college instructors.