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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. Why is Social Media so Alluring?
Social media offers many valuable capabilities beyond sharing a great selfie. It is a newly evolved form of socialization, and what once appeared to be a fad, is only gaining momentum.

2. Teaching and Learning Through Social Media
If you are interested in using social media during your educational journey, whether you are a student or teacher, please visit my distance-learning site for future articles on this topic.

3. Pedagogy, Andragogy, and Technology
In the past century, methods of learning and teaching have been affected greatly by a number of factors including economic changes, cultural changes, technological innovations, and globalization.

4. Hybrid Instruction
There are essentially three main avenues of teaching today: on campus, hybrid, and online. As technology continues to evolve, so will the method of delivering education and training; thus, the need for teaching a hybrid or online course is inevitable.

5. Student Diversity
There is one commonality that all online instructors will face, and that is student diversity. Since the majority of online instructional programs are available to students nationwide, and in some cases globally, your classroom will likely contain a range of age groups and cultures.

6. Professional Development for Online Instructors
Whatever your reasons may be, once you become an online adjunct instructor, there are certain requirements that will be expected of you in addition to your teaching responsibilities.

7. Understanding Learning Styles
As an online instructor, you are faced with the challenge of providing education to students who may come from a variety of age groups and cultures. Selecting the best teaching techniques to employ in such an environment demands an understanding of how individuals learn.

8. The Self-Directed Distance Learner
Have you ever heard of Self-Directed Learning? If you have ever participated in a distance learning program, then you might be familiar with self-directed learning.

9. Mind Mapping
To collect ideas that may pop into your head during various times, carry a pocket-size notebook and pen or cell phone to record your ideas, the construct a mind map to help organize your thought process.

10. 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.



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