Maintaining excellence in a culture of efficiency: Promoting interaction and engagement in large online graduate courses
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Anderson, E. & Anderson, B. (2008). Maintaining excellence in a culture of efficiency: Promoting interaction and engagement in large online graduate courses. In C. Bonk et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2008 (p. 546). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (ELEARN) 2008
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
November 17, 2008
Curtis J. Bonk, Mimi Miyoung Lee & Tom Reynolds
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A convergence of factors is leading to changing expectations of the professoriate. Enrollment growth, greater public accountability, and market competition among institutions have resulted in tighter budgets and increased workloads for faculty who are expected to teach larger courses without sacrificing quality. This is especially problematic with online graduate courses: they not only typically require more time but are situated in programs often characterized by explosive growth. The time required to teach to teach these classes can pose a serious threat to scholarly productivity. This presentation chronicles one educator's journey designing engaging and interactive educational experiences for increasingly large classes in a rapidly growing online program. Teaching practices addressed include: supporting student interaction, promoting engagement through learning communities, employing student-directed and problem-based learning, and the use of reflection in personal meaning making.
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