Full course description

Course Date:

Mar 21 - Apr 24, 2016

Duration:

5 weeks

Commitment:

2 hrs/week

Requirement:

None

Course Type:

Instructor-led

Credential:

Certificate

Description

Learn how online education differs from traditional classrooms while you explore and develop your own personal strategies for online learning success. You will be guided through an interactive investigation and self-reflection process to help you determine your learning preferences and create your own personal strategy for successful online learning. We will address common misconceptions, frustrations and fears about online learning and introduce techniques to help overcome such obstacles. Various models of online courses will be explored as well as the concept of a "personal learning space".

Objectives

Learners who complete this course will be able to:

  • describe what it means to learn
  • identify and analyze their personal learning preferences
  • identify and describe common components of an online learning environment
  • analyze and compare differences between online and traditional learning
  • describe areas of personal adjustment for success in online learning
  • analyze different types of learning environments including the personal learning environment
  • employ effective online communication skills through exploration of common online communication tools and strategies

Course Instructors

Caroline Park

Caroline Park

Professor and Chair of Graduate Programs

Dr. Caroline Park is a Professor and Chair of Graduate Programs in Health Disciplines at Athabasca University, and is heavily involved in blended and online teaching and research into mobile technologies in clinical education. After receiving a BN at the University of Manitoba she was a practicing nurse/nurse educator for 20 years in Canada, the UK, and the US. She holds a Med and PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Alberta. She joined Athabasca University in 1999.

Dan Wilton

Dan Wilton

Instructor

Dan Wilton has fifteen years’ experience as an online instructor. As course Inspirer and lead facilitator for LTLO, he will be your guide to making this MOOC enjoyable and rewarding. Dan holds an M.Ed in Distance Education from Athabasca University, where he provides research assistance and web initiative development for the Centre for Distance Education and the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute. He is also the host of a monthly online seminar series at the Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research, featuring the latest work from online education researchers around the world.