Online Learning Update

July 31, 2016

Online Learning Rocks!

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:04 am

by Ethan Miller, EDUCAUSE Review

I’m an English as a second language teacher, and a new one at that. I’ve noticed an interesting trend among my students: They all have smartphones and prefer to chat with me about their problems over Facebook messenger, Skype, and WhatsApp rather than raise their hands during class. I found this rather odd at first, but am now used to it. Gradually, I also noticed that my students perform better and find it easier to understand topics by doing additional research online. I was impressed by their ability to research and their eagerness to know more when they have access to a world of digital resources at their fingertips. As a student myself not all that long ago, I could understand this behavior and considered giving online lessons a try. When I brought up the idea with my students, they were excited to try the experiment. It took me two weeks to prepare the lessons and set up a private classroom using Wistia, a video hosting platform. And then, finally, came the day of my first live online class.

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