Mentorship in Learning

Mentoring is especially conducive to the online environment. We talked earlier about facilitating instruction and coaching students. Mentoring is a form of teaching that enables students and encourages them as a guide rather than a provider of knowledge. Mentors serve...

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Case Studies in Learning

Case studies present students with a detailed description of a situation related to the class material. The students can then analyze the decision making process of the characters involved. Using hindsight, the students then can identify things that went wrong and...

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Project Based Work

Project based work allow students to pursue their own particular interests. They can take place individually or in groups. Many online activities are project based already. Projects allow for students to receive feedback and different viewpoints from other students -...

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Small Group Work

Small group work can be just as effective online as it is in the traditional classroom. In many cases it can be more effective because students are not subject to external factors such as shyness, gender, disabilities, geography, etc. Students can share their ideas...

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Online Forums

The online forums instructional strategy. Forums come in two variations : 1) Panel 2) Symposium The panel is a small group of subject matter experts (around 3 to 6 people) who sit (or sit virtually) in front of an audience and carry on a purposeful conversation on a...

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Online Discussions

Instructional Strategy: Online Discussions The asynchronous discussion strategy adheres to online learning in many ways. Students have more time to think about their answers and research areas in which they do not understand. When they have a clear grasp of the...

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Self Directed Learning

Self-directed learning is a proactive initiative taken by the student to direct their own learning. Independent studies, individualized learning, self-paced instruction, and many forms of online activities, etc. are all examples of self directed learning. Pro-active...

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An Overview of Instructional Strategies

How do we get there? Learning is an active process in which the learner constructs meaningful relations between the new knowledge presented in the instruction and the learner's existing knowledge. A well designed instructional strategy prompts or motivates the learner...

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The Psychomotor Domain – Get Physical

The psychomotor domain encompasses the skills requiring the use and coordination of skeletal muscles, as in the physical activities of performing, manipulating, and constructing (Kemp, Morrison, Ross). Psychomotor skills are typically more observable, easier to...

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The Affective Domain – Changing Views

The Affective domain involves objectives concerning attitudes, appreciations, values, and emotions such as enjoying, conserving, and respecting (Kemp, Morrison, Ross). Bloom identified 5 basic categories for writing objectives within the Affective domain. Receiving -...

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The Cognitive Domain – Brain Power

The Cognitive domain includes objectives that are related to information or knowledge. This is the domain which receives the most attention of all three domains. The cognitive domain includes objectives related to information or knowledge, naming, solving, predicting,...

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Global Learners – Learning Style

Global Learners Students who fall into this category tend to absorb the material at random- seeing no connections until out of nowhere “getting it” and experiencing “AH-HA!” moments. They may be able to solve complex problems after they have “gotten it” but tend to...

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Sequential Learners – Learning Style

Sequential Learners Students who fall into this category prefer to learn in steps- each building upon the previous step. They tend to learn better when logical stepwise paths lead to the solution.   Application To accommodate this learning style, instructors may...

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Verbal Learners – Learning Style

Verbal Learners Students who fall into this category tend to learn better from words- written and spoken. To accommodate this learning style, instructors may incorporate more auditory activities that are usually come in the form of a PowerPoint presentation with...

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