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Here are the top ten articles for the Distance Learning Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Preparing to Teach Your First Course
Preparing to teach your first course can be intimidating. Colleges, universities, and other educational institutions have required materials such as selected textbooks, curricula, and syllabi that are necessary to begin your teaching experience.
2. Characteristics of a Motivated Instructor
According to Robert Wlodkowski’s book Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn: A Comprehensive Guide for Teaching All Adults, there are five characteristics an instructor must exhibit to motivate students: expertise, empathy, enthusiasm, clarity, and cultural responsiveness.
3. Teaching with Technology
The use of technology is not only required in an online environment—today many teachers from brick and mortar institutions are beginning to incorporate technology into their own instruction.
4. Success as an Intrapersonal Solitary Learner
Are you an intrapersonal solitary learner? If you are, here are some suggestions to help you to be more successful in your distance learning.
5. Challenges of Teaching Online
Technology has been a great instigator in promoting the growth of online teaching, but with the demand for online education come complex choices that instructors must face in developing effective online courses.
6. Building Online Community
More students drop out of distance learning courses than on campus courses. It may be possible to change those statistics by creating community in online courses. This could decrease students' feelings that they are completely on their own in the course and therefore increase their motivation.
7. What is Blended Learning
Blended learning has a general definition but can vary from almost all face to face learning to almost all online learning. Here is the general definition and some factors for students to consider when deciding whether to enroll in blended learning courses.
8. On Campus or Distance Learning?
You have considered distance learning but are not sure you can keep up with the technology that may be involved in online courses. A person must consider several factors before making the decision to participate in a distance learning program.
9. Synchronous Versus Asynchronous Learning
Before you consider teaching or learning in a virtual environment, you should understand and compare the various types of environments available in distance-learning programs. The two main methods of learning and teaching online are synchronous and asynchronous.
10. Note-Taking Skills
Many students today rely on their laptops or tablets for note taking in the classroom or while watching virtual lectures at home. Good note taking is an acquired skill that will eventually transfer into your work environment.
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