What do you expect from online learning?

Online classes are a little different from traditional in-person classes. You'll likely learn the same content material, but you'll likely do most of the work on your own, which means you need to be motivated and prepared to complete the work in your spare time. In the 800 student responses to our questions about their expectations for online learning, flexibility, choice and asynchronous experiences emerged as priorities. We also asked students about global connections, synchronous experiences, and how to make friends.

Student interest in each of these areas was strong, but less definitive than the three areas mentioned above. In each case, an overwhelming majority of students expected to feel connected to both their peers (83.17%) and their teachers (93.47%). Purely online classes don't require you to be online at any given time. However, there are due dates for various assignments and exams, so you'll need to be careful with your schedule.

A highly structured course may require something from you almost daily, while other classes will be more flexibly scheduled, allowing you greater flexibility as to when you should be online and when you should contribute to discussions, etc. You can also use other technologies such as telephone, mail electronic and text messages to do certain things in your classes. Everything is on the table in terms of how you interact, with the exception of traditional methods in the classroom. As teaching and learning technology improves, we'll experience more engaging ways to interact in online classes.

This hands-on, one-off session will show you how to fulfill student wishes online without sacrificing your standards. You'll have direct access to abundant sources of information that will guide you in your ongoing development as an online instructor. The show host draws on her extensive experience designing online courses to show her that providing what students want online isn't just about an A. She taught business communication at Arizona State University for 11 years while pioneering the online education space, but I wanted to put more of his teaching.

Online course delivery offers exciting opportunities for faculty participation beyond lecture delivery and grading. The reason the workload could be greater is that online classes require you to be aware of your schedule, keep track of documents, dates and deadlines, and collaborative projects on a less structured schedule than face-to-face class meetings. Today's big online program is likely to be behind the curve tomorrow if there is no plan to take advantage of developing advances in learning technology and science learning.