I couldn’t agree more with the message of this blogpost! Effective online learning (and teaching) isn’t a “plug-and-play” proposition. It takes on-going, and impassioned involvement by both learning and instructor. When it happens, it’s quite magical. When it is lacking, it’s PAINFUL!!
A common misconception is that an online course basically runs itself after it has been launched. When this view is taken, course facilitators see themselves as only needed when learners encounter difficulties, e.g. some confusion or technical problem. They believe that online learners have all the resources they need and that learners can turn to their peers for clarification as needed.
However, an interactive online course is much more than a library of resources and peer interaction, although these elements are significant. Online courses do allow learners to work more independently, but learners still need the inspiration and guidance provided by an involved instructor:
- Learners enjoy hearing from the experienced instructor, the expert in the class.
- They expect their instructor to challenge their thinking and offer resources tailored to their interests.
- They appreciate reminders and ongoing advice on how to meet the challenges posed in the class.
Some instructors may feel…
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“Do not be a deaf manager; your staff and company will pay dearly for it.” Pretty much sums it up! Fantastic post here!
Bill was having a hard time keeping up with his workload. He was starting to feel a stressed out over the situation. He tried to talk to his manager about how he was feeling and to see if he could get some additional help. His manager responded that he too was very busy, but that he would discuss the issue with him later, maybe the following week.
One week went by and then two, Bill still had not heard from his manager. He did not want to bug him, as he knew he was extremely busy, but he was falling behind in his work and was beginning to panic over it.
When Bill saw his manager in the break room he felt he needed to approach him regarding the situation. He told his manager that he needed to discuss the issue; of his workload, that things were getting quite critical. …
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