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ERIC Number: ED465394
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 7
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Online Instructors Must Be Online Students First.
Beam, Terri; Zamora, Victor
This document describes an online/hybrid course at Mt. San Antonio College (MSAC) (California) that gives faculty the experience of being a student in an online class. The course is 6 weeks long and the participating faculty members meet on campus only 3 times; the rest of the course work is conducted in an online mode. Each week's learning module and class activities are directed toward a central theme, such as online teaching or best practices. The course has been offered twice--once in the 2001 fall term with 13 faculty participants, and once in the 2002 spring term with 16 faculty participants. Faculty were taught how to use computers, browse the course Web site, and post a message to the class discussion forum. The courses culminated in student presentations. It appeared that participants had little trouble attending the three on-campus meetings, and that they found the coursework offered them much more insight into online learning from the student perspective. In addition, the hybrid nature added to the overall "connectedness" of the courses--faculty became well acquainted with each other after 6 weeks. The paper concludes by recommending implementing another hybrid course for faculty at MSAC that focuses on the selection, creation, and design of a new online course. (EMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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