Unit 1 - Online Learning

Unit Standards - iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Teaching (v2)

  • Standard A: The online teacher knows the primary concepts and structures of effective online instruction and is able to create learning experiences to enable student success.
  • Standard B: The online teacher understands and is able to use a range of technologies, both existing and emerging, that effectively support student learning and engagement in the online environment.
  • Standard C: The online teacher plans, designs, and incorporates strategies to encourage active learning, application, interaction, participation, and collaboration in the online environment.
  • Standard D: The online teacher promotes student success through clear expectations, prompt responses, and regular feedback.
  • Standard E: The online teacher models, guides, and encourages legal, ethical, and safe behavior related to technology use.
  • Standard J: The online teacher interacts in a professional, effective manner with colleagues, parents, and other members of the community to support student success.
  • Standard K: The online teacher arranges media and content to help students and teachers transfer knowledge most effectively in the online environment.

Unit Outcomes

  • Understand the difference between synchronous and asynchronous online learning.
  • Evaluate different online learning platforms.
  • Start thinking about the elements that go into effective online instruction.
  • Understand what makes an activity or assignment and active learning piece and how to engage students in the learning.
  • Understand copyright implications for both students and teacher.
  • Examine course for interaction and communication.

Read & View

Read "Online Learning: What's Next?"
Read "Seven Free Platforms for Teaching Online Courses"
Read "Designing an Effective Online Learning Environment"
Read "6 Important Components of a Successful Online Learning Environment"
View "Asynchronous vs. Synchronous Learning Environments"
Read "Learning Online is not A Spectator Sport: How to Make it Active"
Read "Active Learning in an Online Environment"
Read "Copyright Crash Course"
Read "Building Community and Interaction Online"

Since there is no book for this section, there is a bit of online reading and viewing. I have also found this useful guide, "Planning Guide for Online and Blended Learning." It is a pdf. Please download it and browse through it. We will refer back to it during this unit.