Teaching in an Online Environment
Joshua V. Labasbas
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning” ALBERT EINSTEIN
What is Online Learning?
T he term online learning (or, as it is sometimes called, distance learning ) includes a number of computer-assisted instruction methods .
Online teaching and learning includes real-time (synchronous) and anytime , anywhere (asynchronous) interaction.
Two Parallel processes take place in an online Environment:
1. students become more active, reflective learners. 2. students and teachers engage in learning through the use of technology and become more familiar with technology by using it.
What is Online Learning?
The best way to maintain the connection between online education and the values of traditional education is through ensuring that online learning is “delivered” by teachers, fully qualifies and interested in teaching online in a Web-based environment.
Approaches to Online Learning
Synchronous learning is instruction and collaboration in “real-time” via the internet. I t typically involves tools, such as: live chat audio and video conferencing, data and application sharing, shared whiteboard, virtual “hand raising”, joint viewing of multimedia presentations and online slide shows.
Asynchronous courses are still instructor-facilitated but are not conducted in real time , which means that students and teacher can engage in course- related activities at their convenience rather than during specifically coordinated class sessions.
This methods use the time-delayed capabilities of the internet. It typically involves tools, such as: E-mail, treaded discussion, newsgroups and bulletin boards, file attachments,
Advantages of Learning Online
Online Learning Offers a Variety of Educational Opportunities : student- centered learning the variety of online tools draw on individual learning styles and help students to become more versatile learners.
O nline group work allows students to become more active participants in the learning process. C ontributing input requires that students comprehend what is being discussed, organized Experiential learning through multimedia presentation. N ew technologies can be used to engage and motivate students. T echnology can also be used to support students in their learning activities collaborative learning .
Advantages of Online Education
E asy access to global resources E xperiential learning through multimedia presentations A ccessible for non-traditional students M ore and more students are interested in online learning
Advantages of Teaching Online
O nline teaching can allow you to experiment with techniques only available in online environments, such as threaded discussions and webliographies Online email discussions, a frequently- used practice in online learning, can be incorporated into traditional courses to facilitate group work. Web-based course calendars and sample papers posted on the internet (with student permission) can easily be incorporated into a traditional course.
Some of the Challenges for Instructors of Teaching Online
familiarity with the online environment capacity to use the medium to its advantage being available to students on an extended basis electronically providing quick responses and feedback to students
THE DIFFICULTIES CAN BE OVERCOME BY EMPLOYING SUCH TECHNIQUES AS THE FOLLOWING : become familiar with the technology used in your online course use the online medium to your advantage keep connected with students
THREE PRIMARY CHALLENGES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH ONLINE TEACHING
Effectively structuring online courses Creating community in virtual classrooms Facilitating and encouraging online discussions
• S ocial network service usually means an individual- centered service whereas online community services are group- centered . social networking sites allow users to share ideas, pictures, posts, activities, events, interests with people in their network.