eLearning Pedagogy: The Art of Teaching Online

eLearning Pedagogy: The Art of Teaching Online

Gina M. Suriano (Ocean County College, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5051-0.ch001

Abstract

The online “classroom” can be a rich learning environment; however, many instructors are inadequately prepared, thereby undermining our students’ educational experiences. The following case study is based on a retrospective of experiences as course designer and instructor, feedback and examples from student online experiences, and an analysis of scholarly research. This chapter contributes to the literature on eLearning theory and practice by providing detailed insights and improvements on methodologies, technology, and practice, thereby promoting critical thinking related to effective online instruction. A qualitative, descriptive analysis of professional development, personal mastery, organization, open communication, assessment, and an overarching element of eLearning pedagogy comprise the vital elements for sound, effective online teaching. In order for online instructors to provide a rich learning experience, these elements must be developed and implemented for effective learning outcomes.
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Setting The Stage

Ever since I began teaching online I have been curious about the student experience. Since 2009, I have amassed student feedback in a continuous catalog of their online experiences. The data was attained through responses from formal student assessments, reflective essays, discussion question posts (often indirect from sidebar conversations amongst classmates) and e-mails. I have found this information to be invaluable; therefore their experiences will be shared with the reader since student voices are often not addressed and incorporated into curriculum conceptualization, design, development and implementation. In this chapter, recommendations are also included based on the aforementioned student feedback, my professional experiences as a course designer and online professor, as well as existing scholarly research and literature. The following description delves into the current challenges that negatively influence online teaching.

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