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Opportunities for Synchronous Learning in an Online Course

Last week I wrote about the changes that occur when synchronous elements are introduced to a previously asynchronous online course. Broad course themes (flexibility, accountability, and community) are shaken when a course includes live, interactive opportunities between students and the instructor. While synchronous events can prove powerful, without intent they can dissolve into two people […]

Four Ways to Reshape Online Discussion

Whether a class lives exclusively online or has an online presence, it is likely that discussion (student to class, student to student, small group, etc.) is a major component of the course framework. The strengths of online discussion can ultimately create the burdens of communication that weigh so heavily on faculty and students. Online discussion […]

The rules of engagement for online learning

As a lawyer dude who lives in the world of online learning, the news about a complaint filed by a class of students at George Washington University has me intrigued. According to Inside Higher Education, Four graduates of the university’s online master’s degree program in security and safety leadership last week filed a class-action lawsuit […]