Teaching Distance Learning
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This paper takes a look at the challenges involved in teaching a distance learning course, focusing on sustaining student motivation as a primary concern for the instructor, as well as conveying the course content. The author continues by giving teachers advice on how to maintain their students' interest in the subject matter of the distance learning course. The drawbacks of distance learning are listed, which include the lack of the energy generated between students and their teacher. This is followed by a look at the potential strengths of online learning. The paper concludes by noting that the online instructor must ensure that student motivation is sustained, and ideally piqued, throughout the course.
From the Paper:"Motivation is enhanced by ensuring students receive timely feedback, positive and negative. Distance learning teachers and students often lack the ability to convey and receive immediate feedback, depending on the technology used in the course. It is important that the teacher is mindful of keeping a watchful eye on students' difficulties and strengths when reviewing assignments, noting when assignments are turned in late and targeting deficits in basic skills. All courses teaching instructors how to conduct classes online stress the importance of giving strong and detailed feedback. Consistent feedback creates a sense of presence for the instructor, and depending on the student's needs, class size, and course content, can even be more individualized than a 'real world' course (Faculty Development 101, 2008, Lesson 9)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Berge, Z.L. (1995). Facilitating computer conferencing: Recommendations from the field. Educational Technology. 35(1) 22-30. Retrieved Oct 19 2008 at http://www.emoderators.com/moderators/teach_online.html
- Faculty Development 101. (2008). Lesson 9: Introduction to the Instructing Lessons.Retrieved Oct 19 2008 at https://courses.worldcampus.psu.edu/facdev101/student/index.shtml
- Moore, Michael & Greg Kearsley. (2004). Distance education: A systems view. 2nd edition. New York: Wadsworth.
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