What online students want you to know (from student surveys and focus groups conducted by the Office of Online Education). This information mirrors current research in best practices with online learning.
- Give clear directions for the discussions. Good prompts lead the discussion to achieving the learning objectives.
- Be part of the discussion. Respond to post, but then push the discussion to the next level.
- Consider the trade off in grading the ideas of the discussion versus the grammar and syntax.
- Provide quality feedback for all work.
- Feedback should be substantive and clear.
- Feedback should be regular and reasonably quick - or at least let us know when to expect it.
Professor Vince Petronio
"Online Learning levels the playing field for students. It gives introverts time to think before participating and gives others the opportunity to say all they want to say without being interrupted"