ERIC Number: ED446755
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Catering to Students Taking an Online Course for the First Time.
Shelton, Allison E.
Students come into online courses with different technological competencies, learning styles, communication skills, motivations, and attitudes. Four types of interactions can be identified in distance education--learner-content, learner-instructor, learner-learner, and learner-interface. There are ten techniques instructors can implement to help students taking an online course for the first time become successful online learners. These techniques include: (1) identify students' computer performance levels before enrollment, continue to upgrade the computer prerequisites, and enforce the prerequisite policy; (2) continue to assess students' skills and attitudes; (3) vary instructional components; (4) provide technical support; (5) create a departmental gateway World Wide Web site to expand technical support provided to students; (6) hold first class meetings on campus to enable students to meet with instructors and other students at least one time in person; (7) recruit graduate assistants' help; (8) offer course content in multiple formats; (9) rely on the flexibility of multiple communication avenues; and (10) make phone calls and mail preliminary handouts. (Contains 10 references.) (MES)
Descriptors: Distance Education, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Interaction, Models, Online Courses, World Wide Web
Web site: http://www.mtsu.edu/~itconf/proceed00/shelton.html.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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