From the UK: Top Ten Tips for Effective eLearning

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I was browsing our blog stats and noticed this blog post that linked to our content. Doug Wood is an education consultant in the UK with a lot of experience teaching online, specializing in synchronous (live online) environments like Elluminate. He offers his Ten Tips based on his experience and observations. One interesting one is NOT leaving time at the end for questions. Read more about that one at this blog!

Here are all of his Top Ten Tips, which seem logical and obvious, but he offers great examples here, especially in live online environments: If you’re new to teaching online, this is a good start to getting a feel for what it’s about. If you’re familiar with Quality Matters, you’ll note that there is a lot of overlap with their indicators of good design. For anyone who’s worked with Kathy Brooks many of these will be familiar refrains!

1) Teachers need a reliable internet connection with good bandwidth

2) Teachers need the support of well-designed resources

3) The secret to a successful online course is interaction

4) A successful course is usually a well-planned one

5) Intended outcomes need to be clear

6) Online learning is more than repeating previously learned material

7) ‘Something for nothing’ is always good

8) Don’t allow time for questions!

9) Use the tools

10) Online teaching requires new skills

What do you think are the key ingredients for a successful online course, whether it’s synchronous (live) or asynchronous?


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