Online Learning with… Facebook? Use What You’re Familiar With

In a continuation of our previous blog, two students in Danielle’s class offered their own perspectives on the innovative use of Facebook with online learning. Hayley Meyer, originally from Wilton, CT, is a rising senior in the Early Childhood Education program at Duquesne University. Upon graduation, Hayley plans to continue her studies by receiving her …

Meeting Students Where They Are: Complementing Online Learning with Facebook

Derived from an interview between Danielle Henzler and Arianna Lower, co-editor. Danielle Henzler is the Director of the Maureen Sullivan Curriculum Center in the Gumberg Library at Duquesne University. The Curriculum Center is a PreK-12 resource room for anyone in the campus community working with children. They have a circulating collection of materials ranging from …

Establishing an Online Teaching Presence

by Steve Hansen, CTE Unlike face-to-face teaching that depends on physical presence and teacher immediacy, teaching presence in online education depends on course design and organization, facilitation of online discourse, and well-focused direct instruction. Teaching presence begins before the course commences as the teacher, acting as instructional designer, plans and prepares the course of studies, …

Engaging Students beyond the Traditional Classroom Part II: Pedagogies of Presence, Kindness, and Care

By: Erin Rentschler Our last post in this series examined the theoretical value of engaging students through a learning community. This week’s post explores the role that pedagogies of presence, kindness, and care can play in creating such a community. In Small Teaching and a previous essay for the Chronicle, James Lang reflects on the …

Engaging Students beyond the Traditional Classroom Part 1: Building an Engaging Learning Community

By: Mark Prestopnik (OL&S) Creating a learning environment that fosters meaningful engagement is an essential goal for every instructor to pursue. This is true in any learning environment, whether that’s online, face-to-face, or any format in between. Engaging learning environments tend to happen more organically in the face-to-face classroom since faculty and students draw upon …