Online Education for Students

Online Courses

Creating an online course takes more reflection than to simply decide what assignments and activities should be moved online. Online education is a shift from a traditional lecture model to hands-on and peer-to-peer learning, facilitated through web supported exercises and online discussion… Aside from that setting up courses and communicating online is time consuming!

Luckily there are tremendous advantages and benefits to hybrid/blended online learning for the instructor and the students. Those who design online courses can use web resources to form substantial and motivational creative learning opportunities.

To meet educational outcomes in the hybrid classroom you will be driven by group and individual efforts, and self-directed abilities on the part of your students, and by the structure of the course itself. There are multimedia programs, e-books, videotaped lectures, threaded discussion boards, videos, wikis, blogs and many other online resources that allow students to work together, at their own pace, and that provide the necessary social stimuli for learning in the blended online classroom.

About Online Courses

There are two kinds of online courses:

Asynchronous

Courses taught completely online are called asynchronous. In a totally online course, the students meet face to face once at the beginning of the semester to become familiar with the course requirements and to meet with the instructor. Usually there is only a one class meeting, but no more than 4 of the 14 weeks in a semester are taught in class. The rest of the course happens online. All discussions, project presentations, delivery of assignments, group work and even tests can occur on the course site.

Hybrid

Courses that combine classroom and online learning are called hybrid. Hybrid online courses are taught both online and in the classroom. Hybrid courses are regular courses with a class meeting schedule and begin as a regular classroom course would. Usually the teaching and learning are evenly split between class and online time, but a course can use nearly all its 14 weeks in the classroom.

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Last modified: Oct 13, 2011

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