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Teaching and Learning Online: Presentation (required)

This is a presentation about online learning and includes an overview of theory and practical applications and trends in online learning.  After reviewing this presentation you are invited to post your thoughts in the online discussion forum that will be accessible to you upon reviewing this presentation.  You can come back to this presentation at anytime to review it.

Site: Canadian eLearning Network PD Program Site
Course: Teaching and Learning Online
Book: Teaching and Learning Online: Presentation (required)
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Date: Saturday, 22 February 2020, 6:47 AM

1. Teaching and Learning Online

Included in this resource is a series of links and information about learning and teaching online.  Use the arrows in the top right to navigate.  When a new window opens, simply close the window to return to this activity.

When complete, you are invited to post your comments and thoughts in the discussion forums for Module 1.

1.1. Online learning is...

Online learning is

"[t]he use of the Internet to access learning materials; to interact with the content, instructor, and other learners; and to obtain support during the learning process, in order to acquire knowledge, to construct personal meaning, and to grow from the learning experience."

Ally, 2008, para.5

1.2. Online Learning Myths

Click play to watch this short video on online learning myths.  Agree with some of these assumptions?  Disagree?

Do others you know believe some of them? What would you say when confronted with someone who makes a similar comment?

1.3. Is Learning Online Right For Me?

Check out the following quiz to see if online learning is right for you as a student (courtesy of Carleton University -  Think about if K-12 students registering for an online course are prepared to learn online.

Click the link below to take a short survey (PDF):

1.4. Seven Principles of Effective Online Teaching

Computers Listed below are seven principles for effective online teaching taken from the 2011 publication Seven Principles of Effective Teaching: A Practical Lens for Evaluating Online Courses by Charles Graham, Jursat Cagiltay, Byung-Ro Lim, Joi Craner and Thomas M. Duffy.

Principle 1: Good Practice Encourages Student-Faculty Contact

  • Lesson for online instruction: Instructors should provide clear guidelines for interaction with students.

Principle 2: Good Practice Encourages Cooperation Among Students

  • Lesson for online instruction: Well-designed discussion assignments facilitate meaningful cooperation among students.

Principle 3: Good Practice Encourages Active Learning

  • Lesson for online instruction: Students should present course projects.

Principle 4: Good Practice Gives Prompt Feedback

  • Lesson for online instruction: Instructors need to provide two types of feedback: information feedback and acknowledgment feedback.

Principle 5: Good Practice Emphasizes Time on Task

  • Lesson for online instruction: Online courses need deadlines.

Principle 6: Good Practice Communicates High Expectations

  • Lesson for online instruction: Challenging tasks, sample cases, and praise for quality work communicate high expectations.

Principle 7: Good Practice Respects Diverse Talents and Ways of Learning

  • Lesson for online instruction: Allowing students to choose project topics incorporates diverse views into online courses.

1.5. Trends in Online Learning

If you have the time and interest, take a look at this 23 minute TEDTalk from Sugata Mitra.  There are other TEDTalks ( on trends in online and digital learning that you can find on the site (sort by most popular).

Where do you see online learning trending??