Online Learning Update

November 24, 2011

8 Lessons in the Art of Teaching Journalism Online

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

by Amy Eisman, MediaShift

I’m not the only one saying this: Online learning journalism educators should be good at teaching journalism online. After all, we are comfortable communicating clearly, are early adapters of technology, and we like being first. But online teaching (= distance ed = e-learning) isn’t easy. It requires rethinking teaching methods, tools and student needs. It is, however, worth it. I’ve been teaching an online class for about eight years. I am fortunate enough to do that — shameless plug coming — at American University where faculty can get course development grants to create online courses and enroll in a semester-long training tutorial to design the courses and learn the pedagogy. (We talk like that in academe.)

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