Great Online Learning
4 Ways to make online learning fun
Icebreakers for Introductions
Starting a new online course? Use an icebreaker game to get students working together. Watkins (2005) states "when a variety of interactive e-learning experiences are included, retention rates can be improved, learner participation can be increased, learning objectives can be achieved, online learning communities can be developed, and online courses that engage learners can be created" (para 7).
Let Me Introduce-this online adaptation involves students in interviewing other students and posting online introductions of their partners.
Websites About Myself-students introduce themselves by identifying websites that illustrate their interests and backgrounds and then are encouraged to discuss similar and different interests with their peers.
Watkins, R. (2005). Developing interactive E-learning activities. Performance Improvement, 44(5), 5-7. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/237237980?accountid=35812
Interactive Assignments Create Community
Use Wikis to create community in the online classroom. "Wikis provide a vehicle for exercising most, if not all, of Bloom’s ‘higher order thinking’ activities" (Vanderbuilt University Center for Teaching, 2014, para. 1). Wikis allow students to build knowledge through collaboration and are a great way to develop critical thinking and team-work skills.
Wiki assignment suggestions:
E-portfolios of student work
Glossaries of terms and course content outlines created by instructors and students
Course document links from instructors
Associated course reference and information links by students
Vanderbuilt University Center for Teaching. (2014). Wikis. Retrieved from Vanderbuilt University Center for Teaching, Teaching Topics-Online Education-Wikis website.
Use Podcasts and Vodcasts for digital communication
Podcasts and vodcasting allow educators to engage students digitally. They can be used by instructors to present information or by students to create assignments.
Instructors use Podcasts/Vodcasts:
Course expectations Projects
Course content Interviews
Review sessions Radiostyle broadcasts
Students use Podcasts/Vodcasts:
Student created reviews
Sharing supplemental course information
Educational technology network, Podcasting and Vodcasting. (2009). Retrieved from http://www.edtechnetwork.com/podcasting_vodcasting.html
online culture of community
These tools can be used to create an online community of inquiry and collaboration. Collaboration and community build critical thinking and problem-solving skills, enhance learning outcomes, diminish the threat of learner isolation, and enhance learner experiences by providing resources to share ideas and receive feedback from peers and facilitators (Stavredes, 2011, p. 131).
Stavredes, T. (2011). Effective online teaching: Foundations and strategies for student success. Retrieved from The University of Phoenix eBook Collection database