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In order to be successful in online courses, students need to feel engaged not only with the course content and the instructor, but other students as well. Group projects are one way to ensure that students are engaging with each …

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In a recent Faculty Focus article about providing students with feedback, Maika J Yeigh, assistant professor of Education at Portland State University, makes the argument that it is important to not only provide feedback but also teach students how to …

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What does “good instruction” look like? How can anyone outside of a particular learning environment possibly determine whether an instructor is teaching effectively? And how does teaching online compare to teaching in person? These are valuable questions worth exploring in …

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Designing and Facilitating Online Discussions Discussions in the classroom are an important part of the student learning experience. In the online course they are equally important. Designing an effective online discussion takes time and effort, but the benefit to the …

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VCU has long strived to be an institution that provides educational opportunities to a diverse group of students. This includes considering students’ varied learning needs, which can be evidenced by the focus on increasing quality online courses. It is not …

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