Module 2 :

Instructional and Learning Strategies

Learning Objectives:
Describe effective instructional strategies for online learning.
Identify categories in the Cognitive Domain.
List descriptive verbs for student objectives.
Determine your learning style.
Evaluate online teaching activities.
Demonstrate effective communication, collaboration, and interaction skills in your online course.
Recognize tips for online learning success.
Instructional
Activities:

Section 1 - Instructional Strategies

Illinois Online Network relates that effective online instruction depends on learning experiences designed and facilitated by knowledgeable educators.
Teaching Tips Indexhas some excellent materials. Review the following; What is Good Teaching? Selecting a Delivery Strategy, and How Students Learn.
"One obstacle to successfully facilitating an online course is the need to adequately promote online learning skills in those students who do not fit the profile of a "successful" online student." Facilitating Every Student in an Online Course.
Why Do We Need Learning Objectives? "As you develop a course, a lesson or a learning activity, you have to determine what you want the students to learn and how you will know that they learned."
Categories in the Cognitive Domain: Including Outcome-Illustrating Verbs.

Section 2 - Learning Styles

"Information about learning styles can serve as a guide to the design of learning experiences that either match, or mismatch students' style." Learning Styles from PennState
Resources for Learning Styles from San Jose State University..
What's Your Learning Style?

Section 3 - Teaching Activity

Motivate Your Learners with These 5 Simple Tips.
Alternatives to Online Lecture plus a list of over 45 online teaching activities from the Illinois Online Network.
eLearn Magazine discusses Using Game Shows as an Instructional Tool.
This article summarizes some of the best ideas and practices gathered from successul online instructors.
You are encouraged to Be an Active and Participative Instructor.


 Section 4 - Communication, Feedback, Collaboration, and Interaction

Review the various ways for Encouraging and Utilizing Communication in Online Courses.
View the PowerPoint presentation (delivered in pdf format) on Communication Strategies Presentation from ION.
"Online communication includes both technological and pedagogical issues." Communication Guidelines from Michigan State University.
Listen and view the Macromedia Breeze presentation by Karen Swan, RCET Professor, Kent State University, on Assessing & Encouraging Collaborative Discussion.
"Students need much more support and feedback in the online environment than in a traditional classroom." View Strategies for Providing Feedback.
Read Specific Activities that Promote Discussion in Your Online Course.
"Time is always running out for online instructors, and online instructors are always running out of time." Read Online Response Time.


Section 5 - Tips

Review Tips for Managing Larger Classes Online.
How to save time teaching an online class.
Working with Small Groups in an Online Environment.
Welcome to Tips and Tricks for Teaching Online.

Assignments:

Using one of the resources in Section 2 - Learning Styles, determine your learning style and e-mail your style to me. Thanks, James.
Louisiana Tech Univ. is a charter member of the New Century Learning Consortium, a consortium established to promote online learning. Send me an e-mail if you would like to be invited to be a member (free) of the NCLC discussion group and I will send you an invitation. Several of your faculty classmates are already members.
I recommend that you print each of the above instructional activities and place them in a three-ring binder under the heading Module 2. This will provide access should the hyperlinks change or if you prefer to highlight sections for later review.
Assessment - once you have reviewed, become familiar with, and completed each section of the instructional activities, e-mail, jamess@latech.edu, the following "I have successfully completed Module 2." Be sure you enter your name in case you are not using your La Tech e-mail address. Thanks, James Smith.


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