Saturday, November 8, 2008

Week 10. Interactive and Collaborative Learning

This week we talked about distance learning. Different from physical classroom, distance learning breaks up many limitations such as single learning environment, time limitation, and content format. Because distance learning has much flexibility compared to physical classroom, distance learners can be various, too. This can be a potential challenge for instructors. How can instructors design successful distance online course where everyone can learn? However, to boosting online learning outcome, it relied on the interaction and collaborative between instructors and learners. Take one of my on-line learning experiences for example. Usually the instructor gave us some guiding questions, based on these questions; students have to post opinions or responds online. A successful discussion will be continued if most of the students actively participated posing and responding activates. In other words, the richness of content will also be created if students interact with each other, and collaborate to create more and more content online.

From my viewpoint, to contribute a successful distant learning, the instructors have to create an interactive and collaborative learning environment where encourage each learners to participate in the class actives. For distance-learners, we will expect them to have strong self-regulated abilities, because no one will monitor their learning pace

1 comment:

Vanessa said...

You mention a specific online learning experience of yours. I am curious whether there was a specific aspect of this experience that made it more or less effective? For example, I have noticed that online discussion forums being broken into smaller discussion groups seems to facilitate deeper discussion and was wondering if you experience supported this as well.