E-Learning Technologies for Any Online Class

Despite the wide availability of technology, educational institutions have not provided adequate training to support innovative teaching practices (Pachler & Daly, 2011).  If e-learning is to fulfill its potential as a collaborative learning tool, then instructors must take the lead in developing their competencies with regard to e-learning technologies.

When teaching an online class, it is important to make use of e-learning technologies that will engage learners and create a sense of social presence within the learning environment.  By taking advantage of available technologies, instructors can instigate peer assessment, cultivate a learner-centered environment, craft interactive lessons, demonstrate the use of applications, encourage peer interaction, and provide rich-media feedback to students.  Classroom Salon, Edublogs, Soft Chalk, ScreenCastify, Facebook, and electronic feedback are technologies that support such innovative practices.  They can be used in any online class to foster an interactive learning environment and build relationships between instructors and students as well as students and their peers.

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Producing Video Lectures for HUMA 1301 and 1302

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I’ve been working on some videos for my introductory humanities courses and thought I’d cross-post them to this site. I haven’t been updating the site very much, but I plan to change that very soon. For example, I now have a new page listed at the top of the site!

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Why Teaching a Humanities Course Is Harder Than It Looks

I’m teaching three humanities courses this semester and so far it’s been an interesting journey. There have been no major hiccups in the lessons I’ve given and the results of the quizzes and writing assignments I’ve assigned have been mostly positive.

However, there’s something about teaching a general humanities course that bothers me just a little bit. My field is the humanities… in a general sense. I don’t have a degree with “Humanities” printed on it, but I do have several degrees in the related areas of philosophy and literature, which counts as being qualified to teach a humanities survey course. The problem I see with offering a broad course in the humanities is that you will never be able to find an instructor who is fully qualified to teach it. Read More …