Online education in secondary school for college preparation and improved writing A teacher's guide
Jon Evan Justis, University of Colorado at Denver, United States
University of Colorado at Denver . Awarded
Online education is most often seen at the college level. However, such education can also be used effectively in secondary schools for the purpose of college preparation and improving student writing skills. Intended for English teachers of high school upperclassmen, this teaching guide takes a look at how to implement an online hybrid education unit into an expository writing class. In light of the expected increase in online college work and a gap between high school and college standards, a hybrid unit has potential to ensure that students enter higher education properly prepared for the rigors of post-secondary academics. Special consideration should be made when teaching high school students online; therefore the guide first examines the teaching methods behind hybrid education. It covers the pros and cons of online teaching, how different forms of cognitive thinking figures into online learning, and changes in audience and communication. The second part of the guide covers how the instructor may theoretically implement a hybrid unit into a class curriculum. A teacher will want to consider elements like aligning a hybrid schedule with a school's schedule, integrating community building activities, facilitating online discussions, and assessing student work. Group work and online writing workshops are recommended to build a sense of cooperative learning and improve students' writing.
Justis, J.E. Online education in secondary school for college preparation and improved writing A teacher's guide. Master's thesis, University of Colorado at Denver.
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