Online Teaching : Purpose and Methods
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Citation of Original PublicationBerge, Zane; Online Teaching : Purpose and Methods; Electronic Journal of Communication 9,1 (1999); http://www.cios.org/EJCPUBLIC/009/1/00911.HTML
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Copyright 1999 Communication Institute for Online Scholarship, Inc.
authentic learning activities
UMBC Instructional System Design
Education is changing. In a time when demographic, economic, political, and pedagogical reasons are causing a greater number of adults to seek access to larger amounts of quality education in post-secondary settings, research into the characteristics of those settings becomes important. The design as well as delivery of online courses differs from traditional education. Through a combination of survey research conducted by the author, and a review of literature regarding online teaching, this article places online teaching in the larger context of technology-mediated learning and an educational framework of transforming students into self-directed, life-long learners. Examples from the text of the survey responses are given and summaries are made of the main teaching styles used by online teachers: discussion, collaboration, authentic learning activities, and self-reflection/self-assessment. Teachers value these purposes and methods that the online classroom serves as a catalyst in helping to define.