5 Effective Ways to Communicate Expectations Online

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Just like in a traditional classroom, a clear understanding of expectations is essential in a online student’s ability to excel in a course. Effective communication of these expectations is especially important because online students do not have face-to-face interaction with professors through which they can understand what they need to do.

Here are five ways to structure your online course so that expectations are made clear at the beginning and throughout the semester.

Top 10 Ways to Battle Procrastination

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Students regularly fall prey to procrastination. Since most online learning is done entirely at home (or wherever else one chooses to work), it is especially important for e-learners to be prepared to tackle procrastination.
Here are 10 tips to beat procrastination:

How to Start Curating Content

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Do you spend ages on the web gathering resources for class but have no way to organize them effectively?

Learn how to easily curate information so that it can be easily navigated and shared with students.

Making the Leap: 7 Tips for New Online Learners

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Will this semester be your first time taking an online course? While a syllabus should outline the technicalities and course navigation, the mental leap from traditional instruction to a virtual classroom can be daunting.

Here are 7 suggestions to make the transition easier.

How To Become a Special Education Teacher [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Are you interested in becoming a Special Education teacher? Want to find out more about the Special Ed career path?

Check out this infographic to find out answers to all your questions!

Salary information for Special Education teachers, Job Outlook, Why You’ll Love Being a Special Ed Teacher, Stats by State, How to Become a Special Education Teacher, and much more!

Facilitating Rich Discussion Board Participation

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On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, Touro College held a webinar for online faculty and administration as part of a series of webinars for professional development of online faculty. On the webinar, Dr. Gail Bell-Baptiste, Chair of the NYSCAS Education Department, shared tips and tricks for facilitating rich discussion board participation.

Here is a list of discussion board tips mentioned on the webinar. Some of these tips were contributed by the faculty members participating in the webinar.

6 Ways to Use PDF Converter in Online Classes

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PDF conversion tools can help both educators and students present and share their assignments, reports and projects in a universal format that can be viewed on any device without needing to install the native application used for creating the original documents.

Here are six ways online learners and teachers can use PDF converters in online education.

Success Rates of Online vs. Offline College Students [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Are online students just as successful as students learning in traditional classrooms?

The answer might not match with what you’d intuitively think.

According to this infographic from eLearningInfographics.com, the average online student tests in the 59th percentile, whereas the average classroom student tests lower – in the 50th percentile.

Aside from test scores, online college students also save in the financial realm: The average total cost of a traditional degree is a whopping $85,000, whereas the average total cost of an online degree is only about $30,000.

Check out the infographic below for some more interesting facts and stats.

5 Ways to Avoid Common Videoconference Lecture Mistakes

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Are you teaching an online class and meeting with students via videoconference?

Interacting with students via videoconference is a great way to maintain a personal connection and make your online course engaging and interactive. Skype, Zoom, GoToMeeting, and Google Hangouts are all great options for hosting your videoconference, but keep in mind that videoconferences can be a disaster if you’re not prepared.

Here are 5 essential tips to keep in mind to avoid common videoconference lecture mistakes.

Get More Out of Google: Tips & Tricks for Online Research [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Do you spend hours researching for a topic, and feel like you’re getting no where?

You’re not alone. According to a recent study, 75% of students couldn’t perform a “well-executed search” on Google to find what they want.

Don’t despair – help is here! Check out this infographic to learn some neat tricks to help you research more quickly and more efficiently.

Learn about how to use operators, file types, and keyboard shortcuts to find what you need. Fast.

How is Wikipedia Redefining Research? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Did you know? Only 25% of students visit the library, but 8/10 turn to Wikipedia for their first source of research.

Wikipedia is an easy go-to site for information, but is the information on Wikipedia accurate? How do professors feel about students using Wikipedia for research? Take a look at this infographic from e-Learning infographics to find out more about the scope of Wikipedia and how students use Wikipedia for research.