It’s important to be aware that most face-to-face courses are not compatible with online learning. Simply converting handouts and Powerpoint to a web-based application is ineffective and simply boring. The training should be interactive and prompt the learner to “want” to learn versus just wanting to pass the course. Adult learners bring experience to the course and have a need to be challenged (Simonson, Smaldino, Albright, & Zvacek, 2012). Each has viewpoints and opinions, experiences that may relate the course subject, and a simple need to belong to not just participate in the class. The active ingredient in online learning is interactivity. When students are in an online environment, they are engaging in active learning by participating in research and collaborative activities. This prompts critical thinking and offers the challenge that most online learners require to learn and retain material.

Simonson, M., Smaldino, S., Albright, M., & Zvacek, S. (2012). Teaching and learning at a distance: Foundations of distance education (5th ed.) Boston, MA: Pearson.

Week 7 -Application

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