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Improve Participation to Enhance Learning in Online Courses

The online instructor serves a unique role – less lecturer, more facilitator. Less dispenser of knowledge and more creator of opportunities for students to apply new knowledge.

But when diminished verbal interaction is cited as one of the most common challenges in online teaching, how can teachers leverage their role to generate participation and maximize the online experience?

Learn how in Improve Participation to Enhance Learning in Online Courses. Hear from a leader in online pedagogy how giving students ownership of participation empowers them and enhances learning. Get advice on having student moderators and using a grading system that ensures substantive participation. 

Expert presenter
Joan Thormann, Ph.D., is a professor in the division of Educational Technology at Lesley University. Since 1996 she has been developing and teaching courses online, and her research focuses on examining online teaching strategies. Dr. Thormann has presented at more than 100 conferences nationally and internationally and has recently co-authored The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Designing and Teaching Online Courses in addition to other books about technology and education.

Topics covered
Improve Participation to Enhance Learning in Online Courses teaches participants:

  • How instructors can increase their effectiveness
  • How instructors can serve as a model for interaction
  • How to create forums that support the learning environment
  • How to create a grading system to promote substantive participation
  • How to generate ownership of content and increase participation by having student moderators
  • How to expand understanding of the content and build community by implementing voice conferences

Solid value
Like all Magna seminars and products, this presentation addresses an important issue in higher education and provides tools you can use. Student interaction and idea-sharing hold worlds of educational potential, and this seminar shows you how to increase substantive online discussions. Improve Participation to Enhance Learning in Online Courses costs $349. This seminar is recommended for faculty, instructors, instructional designers, directors of online learning, instructional technologists, and technical support specialists.


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