From a Distance: Creating On-Line Learning Communities that Engage and Promote Learning
Lauren Cummins, Youngstown State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-02-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
This paper focuses on the critical importance of building learning communities within distance education courses to engage learners in meaningful experiences that promote effective learning. The graduate, early childhood education study, which is a “work in progress,” began with a survey to identify students’ wants and needs related to distance education. The results from the survey were then analyzed and when applicable, used to design DE graduate, early childhood education courses. One of the most prominent needs identified by the students was the need for a learning community. This brief paper will discuss the best practices used to build a learning community and to meet quality standards for course development identified through Quality Matters (QM). The brief paper will also presents the learning outcomes from pre and post and survey results link to student satisfaction.
Cummins, L. (2013). From a Distance: Creating On-Line Learning Communities that Engage and Promote Learning. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 370-375). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).