This is the only crash course you will ever need to learn how to become a master online educator, where the students are the focus - not the technology!
Based on years of research in higher education and online pedagogy, this course is designed to maximize every student's learning experience and help instructors learn the best ways to develop curricula and content. This course will be helpful for bloggers, and internet marketers as well - looking to create an online presence and community.
Anyone can talk into a camera or provide facts and information, but online learning truly struggles to compete with the attention and interests of students. Therefore, rather than just supplying information and hoping that students delve in and grasp it - this course empowers you with 12 tools for excellence in stimulating and capturing the interest of your students - no matter what subject you are teaching. Whether you are a professor, coach or trainer, this course will help you learn the ideal approach for opening a student's mind in an online environment and show the exact tools, resources, and technology you should and should NOT be using for online learning.
This course guarantees to give you the skills, perspective and confidence to:
Before jumping right in to look at the technology and philosophy behind online education, it is important to see the big picture. In this lesson, we will look at the goals of the course and some of the challenges that most people encounter.
Let's take a moment and reflect upon what we have just covered.
As technology evolves so quickly, there are many people inventing this field as it develops. This can be discouraging for many people who are afraid to learn a new software or platform, which might be obsolete in a month. Therefore, we wish to take a big-picture look at the many moving pieces that go into an online course. With a familiarity of those elements, we can look more closely at which ones will work best.
E-learning presents new challenges, as our students are not fully focused on us. They are likely distracted by an overwhelming online environment. Are we going to try and fight it and pressure them to stay focused? Or can we find alternate ways to engage them naturally and keep their attention and focus?
Approaching online learning and course development requires a fundamental appreciation for why a virtual environment is different than a conventional classroom setting. In an actual classroom, even without testing students, an instructor has a pretty good idea as to which students are learning and which are not. However, online, a professor really cannot guage a student's learning, without true interaction.
Can a professor or teacher create content and then "set it and forget it"? After all, the content and lessons can be cerated months in advanced and then the students are left to learn. Does this approach work? Only in appearance. However, without true interaction, the students will not be led to a true learning experience.
Students typically pay money to attend a class. Would that not suggest that if they want to learn, they will? Is it a teacher's responsibility to take them by the hand and help them learn? Is it enough to simply give them the assignment and it is up to the student whether or not they wish to complete it. However, our goal is not to give out a pass/fail grade, but to invest in our student's success and learning.
Knowing the responsibility to teach and engage, we are going to look at the many forms of technology and media available to deliver the content. However, many educators fall into the trap of overusing technology. Instaed of helping the students, it only gets in the way. How can we find the right balance ?
Now we will begin the first of the 3 steps to actual student engagement in an online environment. Proper pedagogy and instructional design is built upon the teacher feeling invested in the success of a student's learning.
In the first step, the teacher is responsible to stimulate the curiosity of the student. This is a critical phase to be able to best turn the brain on so it is fully primed to learn new information.
Once the student is sufficiently curious as a result of compelling questions that you have delivered, it is time to offer information that the student can now learn. We will later discuss the pros and cons of each delivery method for conveying content. For now, keep in mind that regardless of the mode of delivery, whether audio, video, podcast, screen-capture or text, your students will be ready to fill their minds.
Dedicated to optimism, inspiration and success, Ari focuses on how elevate our personal and professional lives. With over 20 years in the field of education, Ari has the experience and credentials to uplift his students. He holds a BA is Psychology, a Masters Degree in Education, a Masters in Social Work and is currently pursuing a PhD.
As the founder and CEO of Ed-Tech Hq, Ari stresses the importance of successful integration of technology, education, and real human relationships. He consults for organizations around the country, helping to inspire leadership and strategic collaboration. Whether teaching a Udemy course, writing books, online articles or delivering motivational presentations, Ari fuses humor, wisdom and empirical research to help educate and inspire his audiences with practical, engaging and useful information.