Quality over Quantity, Assessing the elearner

This post is provided by guest blogger, Brandon Rinker, graduate student University of St. Francis, MS Training and Development program

In this brief article, Christopher Pappas (2019) discusses eight methods to assess online students and learners. Understanding and implementing these methods gives the educator the knowledge to track their students’ progress and find areas that need some Continue reading

Assess Now & Later

Provided by guest blogger, Stefanie Gardner, graduate student University of St. Francis, MS Training and Development program

An instructor needs to be thinking what the learner should gain from an e-learning course as they are designing the course.  The outcomes of the e-learning experience need to be outlined along with the course.  The assessing of these outcomes should be learner Continue reading

Learning From The Best: Techniques Used By Top-rated Online Instructors

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This post is provided by guest blogger, Tricia DeFay, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, MBA in Health Administration program.

Summary

In the article “Teaching Strategies of Award-winning Online Instructors” Ralph (2020) looks at a recent study performed by Kumar et al (2019) that examined the course design and teaching practices used by top-rated online instructors. Eight award-winning university instructors were interviewed for the study. Data analysis revealed these five key elements: Continue reading

Hello, is Anybody Out There?

 

This post is provided by guest blogger, Sue Dumford, graduate student at the University of St Francis in Joliet, MS in Training and Development program.

In the switch to remote teaching, it can be difficult to maintain the same engagement and interactivity that you once enjoyed in the classroom. Simply presenting your same old lectures online will not suffice to entice students to participate. In this article, Marian Stoltz-Loike (2020) provides advice on how to turn the “sage on the stage” to a “guide on Continue reading

Adult Learners – Hidden Realities

This post is provided by guest blogger, Michele Cote, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, MS in Training and Development program.

David Housel (2020) brought to light challenges some adult learners face that can be overlooked by educators. Although measures exist to help children with difficulties while they are in school, the same is not true for adults. Background, interruptions in Continue reading

The Pandemic vs Higher Education

This post is provided by guest blogger, Callie Surber, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, MS in Training and Development program.

Almost one thousand higher education administrators and faculty responded to a survey in mid-May 2020 on Covid-19 impacting their spring semesters across college campuses in the United States. The survey results were described and reported by A. W. June in the most recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Continue reading

Online Teaching: Not Just for Emergency Use

This post is provided by guest blogger, Dawn Budreau, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, MS in Training and Development program.

In the face of a public health crisis, colleges and universities had a difficult decision to make: cancel classes or find an alternative way to complete the semester?  In an article written in the early stages of the mass conversion to online classes due to COVID-19, Hodges et al. (2020) describe how pandemic learning is not the same as a well-planned Continue reading

Are Employers Thinking Differently?

This post is provided by guest blogger, Brandon Rinker, graduate student University of St. Francis, MS Training and Development program

Jane Hart begins with a quick nod to the COVID pandemic in that it was able to change employers view of online learning and training in an extremely short amount of time. The article discusses the need to be creative and innovative when it comes to eLearning Continue reading

Can E-Learning Survive Without A Good Instructional Design Strategy?

This post is provided by guest blogger, Paulette Richardson, graduate student, University of St. Francis, MS Training and Development Program.

All successful institutions share one thing in common, proper planning and implementing the right strategies.  Having the right strategies in place will ensure that learners succeed.  The article written by Ayesha H. Omer (2016) suggests that a strategy has the same characteristics of a game plan.  Continue reading