For a fantastic guide to writing good discussion questions, take a look at the chart below from “Generating and Facilitating Engaging and Effective Online Discussions” from the University of Oregon’s Teaching Effectiveness Program.
For a resource of ideas for online educational activities, check out the Online Teaching Activity Index from the Illinois Online Network.
The website suggests 49 activities that can be used in either online or hybrid courses, including some creative activities such as Internet Scavenger Hunt, Concept Mapping, Fishbowl, and Socratic Dialogue.
Active learning is an engaging form of learning that involves higher-order thinking skills such as evaluation, synthesis, and analysis. It is much more effective than the passive learning that occurs when students simply listen to a lecture or watch a powerpoint presentation. When engaged in active learning, students are forced to process and apply the information that they learned.
Watch this video to understand how professors of online courses can create opportunities for active learning.
This well-developed presentation outlines 6 characteristics of effective online courses: access to technology, clear guidelines and procedures, participation, collaborative learning, transformative learning, assessment and evaluation. Six Characteristics of Effective Online Courses by Christopher T. Davis, Ph.D.
When enrolled in fully online degree programs, students miss out on key components of the college experience that are integral to their overall educational success.
In a recent article on GetEducated.com, Joe Henry points out 5 features of the college experience and explains how to incorporate those features into online degree programs to support student success.