Best Practices In Online Teaching Strategies – Hanover Research Council

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This is from the introduction:

In February 2002, The Times Educational Supplement reported that ―there is growing evidence from research in [e-learning] that certain strategies…will enhance teaching and learning – just as certain tactics and strategies do work in face-to-face pedagogy.‖1 The article emphasized that successful e-learning must involve ―a mixture of course design issues and pedagogical issues.‖ In order to entice students to participate, a course must offer ―group activities, structure, stimuli, cajoling by tutors and peers…[and] a purpose or a reason to go online.‖2

The importance of instructional strategies to the success of the online environment has precipitated the creation of best practices guidelines for all aspects of the instructional process, including the planning and management of online instruction, online teaching techniques, and online student assessment and evaluation techniques. This report reviews the current literature on successful strategies for online teaching in the following sections:

  • Section One: Overview of the Principles, Guidelines, and Benchmarks for Online Education: This section leads into a discussion of specific best practices for online teaching with a review of the variety of guidelines and principles of online education. Special emphasis is placed on current and future trends in effective online pedagogy.
  • Section Two: Best Practices in Online Teaching Strategies: This section reviews proven strategies for three major components of the instructional process: the planning and management of online instruction, the actual teaching process, and student assessment and evaluation.
  • Section Three: An Exemplary Program and Examples of Effective Practices: The final section provides examples of an award-winning online education program and the teaching practices of three award-winning instructors.

The full report is available here: Best-Practices-in-Online-Teaching-Strategies-Membership

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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