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 instructor activities outside of the discussion board and describe actionable steps you can take to keep learners engaged long-term.



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 instructor activities outside of the discussion board. What are the instructor-to-learner interactions that drive sustained engagement? What specific actions and 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 and find the rubric 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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ETAP 623 Spring 2019 | Taylor Walsh

NOTE: You will find citations for this course on the Driving Learner Engagement in an Online Environment References and Resources page.