Connections for Learning
Are About Quality, Not Quantity
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Not so many years ago, students who wished to complete distance courses corresponded through the mail. Some time later, radio, television, and eventually the personal computer and regular access to the internet revolutionized distance education (Harting & Erthal, 2005, pp. 35, 37). But despite innovations in both computer hardware and software since the late 1970s, the philosophy of distance education, as well as research-informed practices, have been slow to keep pace (p. 37). Today, instructors must adapt their teaching to ever-advancing educational technologies, particularly as universities expand their online program offerings.
As a professor at Western University’s Faculty of Education for the past twelve years, and at University of Aukland before that, Dr. John Barnett has been researching the pedagogy/teaching of online education. His research examines the use of educational technologies to improve learning, and embedding contemporary learning theories into the structure of online courses.
Michael Wesch headlines Western's
education technology symposium
March 05, 2013
Topics for discussion at TIES (Technology In Education Symposium) include uses of social media, blended learning, instructional and eLearning technology tools, promoting online learning communities, information literacy and legalities and ethics of using teaching technologies.
Development of an Online Human Anatomy Course:
Use of a Virtual Classroom to Deliver Live Face-to-Face Lectures and a 3D Laboratory
We will describe the development of an online Systemic Human Anatomy course with a laboratory using a virtual classroom interface. This can be accomplished while simultaneously teaching in a conventional face-to-face classroom. Participants will learn how to teach three-dimensional concepts in a two-dimensional space while maintaining live interaction with students.