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Distance Ed Findings

Pedagogy 201 © R. Craig Collins, 2005


  • Getting off to a Good Start
    Form a community, bio exchange, use a 'week 0'

  • Balancing Interaction Online
    Establish rhythm or personality, respond with leading questions

  • Fostering Positive Interactions
    Discussions can be overwhelming, 12-14 per threat or small group projects using separate distribution list;
    To avoid inappropriate behavior, address group, then individuals privately;
    Clear is not redundant

  • Critical Thinking Online
    Faculty Training, especially in BLooms
    Orientation and expectations

  • Enhancing Interactivity through Technology
    Journals, blogs, and Chats

  • Online learning across disciplines
    Team projects can work in any field, and homework can use forums

  • Keeping them Motivated
    expect two lulls, at 7 and 11 weeks and compensate;
    make sure they have the skills required and perhaps measure online potential first. Can they express themselves?

  • Measuring what matters
    Authentic, attendance, use of portfolios


Nada Dabbagh, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Instructional Design and Technology, George Mason University

Rena Palloff, Ph.D., Managing Partner and Faculty, Crossroads Consulting Group and Fielding Graduate University

Keith Pratt, Ph.D., Associate Dean and Managing Partner, Distance Learning and Instructional Technology, Northwest Arkansas Community College and Crossroads Consulting Group

Pedagogy 201 for Distance Learning,

© R. Craig Collins, 2005

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