Authentic engagement between students and instructors is immensely important in eLearning. That being said, both collaborative and social learning are the heart behind any virtual course. Not only that, but researchers at the University of Calgary Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning describe these modes of learning as an “opportunity for students and instructors to engage in shared efforts to search for meaning, understanding, and solutions to complex problems or concepts” (Anselmo et al., n.d.). Thankfully, the rapidly-developing sector of collaborative and social learning tools allows us to provide these opportunities for authentic engagement.Continue reading “Collaborative and Social Learning Tools for eLearning”
Author: Audrey Foust, Assistant Instructional Designer
Audrey is an Assistant Instructional Designer at Spring Arbor University. She draws from her experience as a former High School English teacher to research best practices in curriculum and instruction. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, reading, running, and cooking.
Authentic Self-Assessment in eLearning
Self-assessment is an incredibly powerful tool to foster self-reflection and growth for all—and it’s especially important for college students. More students take a greater number of courses and programs online. And overall, online learning is generally more self-paced. Students need to build and hone self-assessment skills to help them track their progress and set goals for future weeks, months, years of assignments, projects, and exams.Continue reading “Authentic Self-Assessment in eLearning”