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Karen Casto & Justina Brown Center for Instructional Innovation Western Washington University. Impressions. My experience as an online student 30-40% higher dropout rate than in face-to-face instruction Research supports the experience Attitudes about technology Feelings of isolation

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Karen Casto & Justina Brown

Center for Instructional Innovation

Western Washington University

impressions
Impressions
  • My experience as an online student
    • 30-40% higher dropout rate than in face-to-face instruction
  • Research supports the experience
    • Attitudes about technology
    • Feelings of isolation
    • Lack of social interaction & group work
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Impressions
  • Weaknesses in online communication
    • Eye contact
    • Gestures & tones of expression
    • Laughter
    • Spontaneity of expression
    • Instant response to ideas
    • Adaptation of teaching style based on student feedback
instructor connections
Instructor Connections
  • Use online tools creatively
    • Discussion boards, chat, email
    • Graphics, group activities
instructor connections5
Instructor Connections
  • Forge a communications relationship!
    • Ensure learners have access to you
      • Provide online open question forum
      • Introduce yourself; include yourself
    • Provide a forum for student input
      • Communications Agreement
student connections
Student Connections
  • Immersion in the Subject Matter
    • Use technologies with which the students are already familiar
    • Make the environment so engaging that the students are drawn into it
    • Reward student explorations
  • Example: 3D tour of virtualMedieval Village
connecting through interactivity
Connecting through Interactivity
  • Use cutting-edge technologies to make the ordinary seem extraordinary
  • Example: Microsoft Agent technologies
    • Can be used on the web
    • Allow students to interact with their course content
    • Personalize the course content
    • Agent characters can even speakusing a human voice
teaching learning connections
Teaching & Learning Connections
  • Making learning immersive
  • Addressing learning styles
  • Using technologies to build learning communities