Tag Archives: online learning

Online versus traditional classrooms: an undergraduate’s take

Online versus traditional classrooms: an undergraduate’s take

I’m an undergraduate student currently studying two degrees: chemical engineering in a traditional classroom setting and business administration online. The experiences have shown me what works (and what doesn’t) in both settings when it comes to peer interaction, student participation and engagement. I’ve found peer interaction is far easier in a classroom than it is […] … learn more→

Is it possible to study Nursing online?

Is it possible to study Nursing online?

Studying online is becoming a popular option for individuals around the globe because it proves to be a much more pocket-friendly option, as opposed to studying on campus. It also allows students to work part-time and cover the costs while attaining their degree of choice. While not all degrees can be obtained online, nursing is […] … learn more→

Online learning punishes minority students, but video chats can help

Online learning punishes minority students, but video chats can help

Online learning is expanding in Canada at a rate of about 8.75 per cent every year. This shift to online environments has redefined the format of education. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), for example, have become wildly popular, with more than 700 universities offering 6,850 courses to 58 million students in 2016. Universities promote online […] … learn more→

Take your teaching online: the micro-lecture

Take your teaching online: the micro-lecture

Whether you want to supplement instruction for your in-person class or you teach a fully online course (like me), you’re probably looking for effective ways to deliver content and maintain student engagement. Online learning is a different landscape thanks to sites like Khan Academy, the rapid adoption of MOOCs, and digital pedagogies (including blended and […] … learn more→

Academic fears about online learning – and how to allay them

Academic fears about online learning – and how to allay them

Technology has transformed the way we communicate and how we buy and sell just about everything. Entertainment, publishing and retail have evolved to give us greater efficiency, convenience and on-demand service. These sectors have arguably adapted more than higher education. However, over the coming months, the innovation in online higher education will be significant but […] … learn more→

Building community and creating relevance in the online classroom

Remember feeling nervous before starting your first day on the job? You may have experienced butterflies in your stomach, had questions about expectations, or concerns about learning the rules and finding information. Students feel the same way with a new professor, regardless if the class is face-to-face or online. With technology, you can reduce new-class […] … learn more→

Who Is driving the online locomotive?

Proponents of online learning often use train metaphors to describe its growing impact on the educational landscape. Those of us who teach at two-year colleges, especially, are constantly encouraged, prodded, hectored, cajoled—and sometimes even ordered—to get on board. Otherwise, we\’re told, we\’re likely to be run over. As one who is skeptical regarding the long-term […] … learn more→

Does online education actually work?

Conventional wisdom states that the future of higher education lies online. However, few studies tell us whether this is necessarily a good thing. Indeed, both the detractors and supporters of online education tend to rely on anecdotes rather than data. So a recent report by William Bowen, Matthew Chingos, Kelly Lack, and Thomas Nygren of […] … learn more→