December 12, 2013 by idinnovation
Student-centered learning is one of the foundations of Internet-based distance education that promotes active learning, mastery of course material collaboration, and enables student control over their individual learning process (Simonson, Smaldino, Albright, & Zvacek, 2012). New technologies support distance-learning interactivity thus the role of the instructor includes monitoring, facilitating, and actively participating in the exchange of knowledge and reflection. This method of instruction participation creates a reciprocal learning process between instructor and learner (Beldarrain, 2006).
Responding to students using their names helps to personalize communication, timeliness in responding to student questions, , and explicitly communication the tone of voice through the use of emoticons, winking, contribute positively to creating a positive learning environment that is supportive, and promotes interactivity (Durrington, Berryhill, & Swafford, 2006). ). Instructors and designers should consider student characteristics, backgrounds and unusual learning needs along with general information about learners such as location and class statistics because these will influence the level of interactivity among learners (Simonson, Smaldino, Albright, & Zvacek, 2012).
Watch this week’s video learning resource “Assessing Interaction and Collaboration in Online Environments.” Think about the effective online interaction and collaboration facilitation practices mentioned in the video. Select two of the “best practices” mentioned in the video and provide examples of when you have used the approaches. If you have not used any of the approaches describe a situation where the approaches would be applicable.
By Wednesday, post your response to the discussion prompt.
By Sunday, respond to at least two of your classmates in at least one of the following ways:
Asking a question.
Supporting their ideas
Expanding on their post.
Beldarrain, Y. (2006). Distance education trends: Integrating new technologies to foster student interaction and collaboration. Distance Education, 27(2), 139–153.
Durrington, V., Berryhill, A., & Swafford, J. (2006). Strategies for enhancing student interactivity in an online environment. College Teaching, 54(1), 190–193. Retrieved from http://www.redorbit.com/news/technology/433631/strategies_for_enhancing_student_interactivity_in_an_online_environment/
Simonson, M., Smaldino, S., Albright, M., & Zvacek, S. (2012). Teaching and learning at a distance: Foundations of distance education (5th ed.) Boston, MA: Pearson.