Unit 3: Instructional Effectiveness in an Asynchronous Virtual Learning Environment

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Target Objectives: Upon completion of this unit, participants will:

  • Self-assess the quality of your discussion contributions thus far and describe how you might facilitate discourse in your own course.
  • Discuss the importance of the facilitator in online learning environments and provide examples of effective facilitation.



Lecture:

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Unit 3 Lecture: Instructional Strategies for Promoting Meaningful Online Learning



Activities:

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Important: To participate in this course, you will need a Wordpress account. This will allow you to contribute to discussion board prompts as well as post reflection blogs. Here is the link to the site we will be using to create and organize our posts: https://onlinelearningengagement.wordpress.com

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Activity #1: Discuss the importance of the facilitator in online learning environments and provide examples of effective facilitation. Consider instructor-to-learner interactions that take place outside of the discussion board: what specific strategies will you use to build a welcoming presence that still instills accountability?

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Activity #2: Self-assess the quality of your discussion contributions thus far and describe how you might facilitate discourse in your own course. You can find the rubric and submit your completed self-assessments here.



Reflection Activity:

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Do you feel you are engaging in this course's discussion thread in a meaningful way? Why or why not? How might you drive learner engagement in discussion forums within your own course?




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