Strategies and Practical Recommendations for Facilitation in Online Education

Jessica Jordao [Jessica.Jordao54@gmail.com], Yorkville University / University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave W, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 [www.uwaterloo.ca], Canada

Abstract

With the increasing uptake of technological advances, it can be expected that online educational solutions will become a permanent fixture in post-secondary education. As the number of online course offerings continues to rise, so will the need for research on effective facilitation practices in the online realm (Brewer & Dewar, 2003). This paper provides theoretical understanding, through the lens of Connectivist and Social Constructionist theories, on how students learn in online environments, and identifies the most prominent strategies that result in successful online course facilitation. Findings of the research reflect that successful online learning environments are characterized by implementation of frequent feedback, development of clear guidelines, promotion of engagement through presence, and use of varying teaching styles. Ultimately, this paper serves as a summary of practical strategies that can be used to foster an effective transfer of knowledge in online educational environments.

Abstract in Portuguese

Como ou aumento da aceitação de avanças em tecnologia só pode ser esperado que soluções de on-line ensino sejam uma coisa permanente em ensino de escola pôs segundaria. Como os cursos de on-line continuam a ser oferecidos e sua ultizacao aumenta; também vai ser necessário investigar as práticas efectivas sobre a área de on-line (Brewer & Dewar, 2003). Este documento fornece compreensão teórica visto pela Conectivistas e Construcionistas Social, e confirma como ou estudantes aprendem num ambiente on-line. Também pode-se identificar as estrategias mais provenientes que resultará em sucesso sobre uma ação mais fácil. Resultados confirmam o sucesso do ensino online atraves das opiniões da população geral, implementacao de processos e envolvimento; que tem orientações claramente feitas usando vários estilos de ensino. Por fim este documento serve como um resumo das estrategias praticadas que podem ser utilizadas para elevar um ambiente de aprendizagem online.

Keywords: online learning, web-based instruction, distance education, connectivism, social constructivist

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Tags

e-learning, distance learning, distance education, online learning, higher education, DE, blended learning, ICT, information and communication technology, MOOCs, internet, collaborative learning, learning management system, interaction, LMS,

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