Lesson 2 - Online Learning and Teaching Methods
Activity (Reflective Thinking, Note Taking and Discussion)
Where on the continuum are your courses?
- If you are currently teaching, where on the continuum is each of your courses? How easy is it to decide? Are there factors that make it difficult to decide where on the continuum any of your courses should fit?
- What kind of students do you have in each type of course?
Share your reflection in lesson two Forum.
Key takeaways from this lesson are:
- There is a continuum of technology-based learning, from ‘pure’ face-to-face teaching to fully online programs. Every teacher or instructor needs to decide where a particular course or program should be placed on the continuum.
- We do not have good research evidence or theories to make a decision on online learning, although we do have a growing experience of the strengths and limitations of online learning. What is particularly missing is an evidence-based analysis of the strengths and limitations of face-to-face teaching when online learning is also available.
- In the absence of a good theory, the suggested four factors to consider when deciding on mode of delivery, and in particular the different uses of face-to-face and online learning in blended courses:
- Student characteristics and needs
- The preferred teaching strategy, in terms of methods and learning outcomes
- The pedagogical and presentational requirements of the subject matter, in terms of content and skills
- The resources available to an instructor including the time
- The move to blended or hybrid learning in particular means rethinking the use of the campus and the facilities needed to fully support learning in a hybrid mode.