Monday, August 29, 2016

Examples of Interactions in eLearning

Student-Teacher interaction – getting off on the right foot is a necessity, in order to build a good working relationship, and to ensure that the student is feeling comfortable at the beginning of the course. Having a face-to-face meeting within the first week or two would help, in addition to scheduled meetings at various points throughout the course. Skype is one example of an online tool that can be used for such meetings.

Student-Student interaction – there are several Google Apps for Education that make working in a small group or with a partner a lot easier. Docs can be edited and saved by multiple people once it’s shared amongst a group. In an online setting where many students wouldn’t know each other, it may make the most sense for the teacher to assign groups/partners, especially after a period of time during which the teacher would have assessed the strengths and weaknesses of the class.  

Student-Content interaction – As I mentioned in a previous post, it’s important for the content to be differentiated so that multiple types of learners can succeed in the course. That’s why it’s important to display the content in multiple ways: through discussion boards, audio and video recordings, games, etc.

Student-Interface (LMS) interaction – an introductory screencast would allow a teacher to present the navigation of the interface in a visual way. For some students, that will be more helpful than text-based instructions, and it’s certainly better than expecting all students to be able to figure it out on their own. Any time saved by making the navigation of the course easier allows students more time for learning. 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Andrew;

    Thank you for this comprehensive overview of the interactions we see and need to consider when teaching online. I appreciate you sharing this for everyone to see.

    In our work in #eladsb, we have learned that we also need to consider how our students will interact with the world. As educators, we can't possibly be all things to all students, and we need to honour their passions and help them learn from the best teachers in the world.

    How? As connected educators with a PLN that reaches around the world, we can connect to others and help to find the collaborators we can bring into our classrooms to support the varied learning needs of our students.

    Congratulations on being on that journey to becoming a highly connected educator for our kids.