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Metropolitan State University uses the latest research to guide online course development and teaching. Growing demand from students for online degree and course options has stimulated discussion and interest in online pedagogy. Read these articles to explore the debate and analysis.

[The Debate] [Student Voices] [Online Pedagogy] [Teaching Methods]
[Teaching Aids] [Workload Issues]

The Debate about Online Teaching and Learning

Online Learning: Old Wine, New Bottles or a New Way to Learn in a Post-Modern Society?  provides an overview  of some of the philosophical debates about online learning.

Strategic Thinking: Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Learning offers an overview of some advantages and disadvantages of designing, developing, and delivering online learning.

What Do Online MBA Professors Have to Say about Online Teaching provides a summary of 28 instructor interviews from those teaching courses in an online MBA program at a public university.

Achievement and Satisfaction in an Online versus a Traditional Health and Wellness Course  examines student achievement and satisfaction for those who participated in an online or a traditional lecture-based health and wellness class.

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Students' Voices about Online Learning

Communication, Humor and Personality: Student's Attitudes to Online Learning presents the findings of a qualitative study that examines studentsí attitudes about online teaching and learning.

Student Perceptions of Distance Learning, Online Learning and the Traditional Classroom presents the findings of a study of how students perceive learning and online learning technologies.

Student Opinions on Web-Enhanced Courses presents the findings of a study that examines student satisfaction with technology enhanced traditional courses.

Predictors for Student Success in an Online Course examines student characteristics that can predict student success in accelerated, online courses.

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Online Pedagogy

Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever  presents how to apply the "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" to technology use.

What Are the Conditions for and Characteristics of Effective Online Learning Communities? is a guide that explores definitions and characteristics of online communities synthesized from the literature, summarizes key success factors, and provides references to additional material for those who want to know more.

Best Practices in Undergraduate Adult Centered Online Learning: Mechanisms for Course Design and Delivery  explores and identifies best practices used by full-time and part-time faculty in adult centered, online learning environments.

NEA Guide to Teaching Online Courses provides information about developing an effective online education system, including how to prepare and support online teachers.

Online Courses as Learning Scripts: Using Storyboards in Online Course Design examines why storyboards are important, how they can be developed in a simplified manner for online educational uses, and how to put these storyboards into practice.

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Teaching Methods in Online Instruction

The Successful Use of Problem Based-Learning in an Online Nurse Practitioner Course describes how the authors used problem-based learning in an online course as a method for teaching clinical decision making to nurse practitioner students.

Towards a Model of Experiential E-Learning demonstrates how the experiential education concepts of agency, belongingness, and competence can explain difficulties students encounter in e-learning courses.

Assessment in Online Distance Education: A Comparison of Three Online Programs at a University  investigates whether or not the principles of assessment in online education are reflected in the assessment activities used by the developers and administrators of actual online distance courses.

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General Teaching Aids

How to Write Great Learning Objectives [presents research-based, best practices for writing learning objectives.

Assessing Learning Objectives Bloom's Taxonomy  provides access to Bloom's Taxonomy and examples of test questions.

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Workload Issues

Effective Workload Management Strategies for the Online Environment  provides a selection of the most effective workload management strategies for online educators.

Compensation Strategies for Web-Based Distance Education  presents a model for compensating faculty for their involvement in the development and delivery of distance learning courses.

Compensation Models in Distance Education: National Survey Questionnaire Revisited presents compensation models and analysis for faculty designing distance education courses.

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