Creating Effective Educational Environments: Online Instructors Define Best Practices
Martha Gabriel, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This paper reports on a three year study which explored best practices in the development and delivery of courses in online learning environments. The research was conducted in several phases with post-secondary online instructors and learners. Phases included two iterations of a group consensus technique—the online Delphi, the development of a handbook articulating better practices, a week-long Summer Institute on Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning, and a reciprocal mentoring process between a graduate student and online instructors which took place during the subsequent academic year. Results indicate that critical factors for successful implementation of effective online teaching include: the importance of creating an online learning community, key design factors of online courses, the utilization of collaborative learning strategies, the benefits of building a community of practice, and an ongoing commitment to distance education and to instructors’ professional development by the institution.
Gabriel, M. (2005). Creating Effective Educational Environments: Online Instructors Define Best Practices. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2229-2234). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).