Online facilitation: Best practice

Online facilitation: Best practice

          I just received this email from two new online tutors: Could you please give us some best practice. We start today and maybe we should take care of something specially. My response: I am starting a second iteration of a well-established course on training online moderators in the role of tutor […]

Free book on online learning

Free book on online learning

Every cloud has a silver lining so they say. My websites were mostly out of action in the last quarter of 2014 and so I started blogging on Linked In on the theme of Online Learning. This was well received but I haven’t found the secret of how to conveniently refer to Linked In posts. […]

Tracking quality in online courses

Since I went freelance in 2010 most of my work in European projects has been on the issue of monitoring quality of the online course that we are developing. So I thought I would wrap up this tour of online learning with a few observations on how this has been done. Tracking quality should be […]

Online Learning: The tools for the job

Online Learning: The tools for the job

So how come I have been able to write 7 posts on online learning and only now in post 8 start discussing the tools? The TPACK model suggests that content knowledge, pedagogy and technical skills are all necessary for a successful online course. Actually the model is directed at learning in general and not just […]

Designing an Online Course

Designing an Online Course

How do you go about developing an online course? As with any formal guided learning path, the starting point should always be the learning outcomes. What will your students be able to do as a result of the course? There are many ways of determining how outcomes will be met. Here are four: 1. In […]

Creating an Online Task

In the M-HOUSE project we are targeting home-based adults to explore the business skills they have from their experience of running a household over many years. In the same way that reframing the work of hotel attendants as exercise actually helped them to lose weight, we hope that reframing the often-undervalued work of running a […]

What online learning looks like

What online learning looks like

When we ask content experts to design online learning, the default course will look something like this: Content (article, book, video lecture) + Test (quiz or essay) Content (article, book, video lecture) + Test (quiz or essay) Content (article, book, video lecture) + Test (quiz or essay) Content (article, book, video lecture) + Test (quiz […]

Online participants are individuals

Online participants are individuals

I am often charged with quality evaluation of online courses. What would you think if, as part of that evaluation, I asked the tutors the following: After your first week of tutoring, could you tell me one fact about each participant if I gave you a list of their names but without looking at the […]

Do we have to be social online?

Do we have to be social online?

Where many online courses are weak it seems to me is in neglecting the social aspect. Highlighted on its own like that it can seem rather irrelevant. I have found that many new online students just want to ‘get on with it’ and go straight to the content. Come to think of it, if there […]