Category: Best Practices

Using Prototypes to Choose the Best E-Learning Activity: Drag-and-Drop Game vs. Immersive Experience

From multiple-choice questions to fill-in-the-blanks to thought-challenges, there are so many activities to choose from when deciding how students should review material in e-learning modules.

Cathy Moore, an award-winning writer, speaker, and international thought leader, suggests constructing quick prototypes to determine which type of activity will best promote learning and information retention.

Forging a Connection with 40,000 MOOC Students: A Princeton Professor’s Perspective

How can you teach a course to 40,000 faceless students and still maintain some semblance of a teacher-student connection?

This was the challenge that Professor Mitchell Duneier of Princeton University faced last year when he offered an online course in introductory sociology. The non-credit course was offered free of charge through Coursera, and had an enrollment of 40,000 students from 113 different countries.

6+ Ways to Use Word Clouds in Online Courses

A word cloud is a collage of words, often displayed in interesting shapes, colors, and fonts.

To create a word cloud, simply type (or copy and paste) some text into a word cloud generator, such as Wordle. Whichever words are repeated most frequently within the text will be displayed larger and more prominently within the word cloud.

In recent years, educators have come up with numerous ways to use word clouds within their lesson plans.

Here are a few ideas…

Quality Evaluative Feedback [INFOGRAPHIC]

Providing feedback on students’ work is a great opportunity to forge a personal connection with students in online courses.

Check out this infographic created by the UW-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Certificate Program for tips on how to write effective and personal evaluative comments.

How to Write Good Discussion Questions

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.

49 Ideas for Online Learning Activities

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.