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ERIC Number: EJ1086381
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
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Facilitating and Dealing with Learner Differences in the Online Classroom
McFarlane, Donovan A.
European Journal of Educational Research, v1 n1 p1-12 2012
This paper explores the challenges faced by teachers and educators in the online classroom, especially in light of existing learner differences among students stemming from intelligence, socioeconomic status (SES), culture, gender, among other factors. The author examines the characteristics of the online classroom and looks at learner differences as significant factors impacting teacher responsibilities in the online setting. Several challenges common to facilitated online learning (FOL) and independent online learning (IOL) in the online classroom are examined and brought into perspective as the author applies social science theories such as self-efficacy, multiple intelligences theory, social distance theory and comparative homogeneity, pedagogy and classroom management theories in analyzing and addressing these challenges. The author makes several recommendations for online teachers and educators to address the problems and challenges that are present in the online classroom and then explores the implications for teaching and learning. Finally, the author espouses a need for research into the major issue under discussion.
Descriptors: Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Barriers, Student Characteristics, Facilitators (Individuals), Classroom Environment, Teacher Responsibility, Performance Factors, Change Strategies, Individual Differences
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