Human Element: An Essential Online Course Component
Oct 21, 2013 to Nov 24, 2013
Cost per enrollment: Free
- Provides video lectures
- Provides opportunities to interact with the instructor or students
- Uses discussion forums
- Has prerequisites
- Contains external social networking participation or elements
- Intended for educators or professionals
Full course description
Students want to know their instructor. This challenges online faculty to integrate technologies, such as avatars, video, and social media, to introduce their digital personalities and enhance learners’ experiences. This is called “humanizing,” which, according to DuCharme-Hansen, Dupin-Bryant, 2005 “reduces the psychological distance between the students and the instructor.”
As online learning initiatives continue to expand, so does the need to leverage new learning technology to ensure students feel connected and engaged with the instructor and the course material.
- Learn how to integrate educational technology tools into an online course with an emphasis on technology that can create an instructor presence or increase personal interaction.
- Share insights and suggestions about how to “humanize” online courses by maximizing the use of flexible educational technology tools.
- Demonstrate how technology-facilitated interactions can make instructors and learners more "real" online and how this correlates with student learning and retention.
DuCharme-Hanson, R. and Dupin-Bryant, P. (2005). Course Planning for Online Adult Learners. Tech Trends March/April 49 (2), 31-39.
Vice President, Academic Partnerships
Whitney Kilgore, has an extensive background in education, leadership, educational technology, strategic planning, learning management systems, professional service delivery, and organizational change. Ms. Kilgore serves as vice president, learning technologies for Academic Partnerships International. Her primary areas of focus are faculty professional development, personalized adaptive digital content, and learner engagement.
Prior to joining Academic Partnerships, Ms. Kilgore was formerly director of academic technology services at the College of Southern Nevada, where she led the cross functional expansion of the virtual campus and upgrades to more than 300 smart classrooms. Under her leadership the Online Campus grew larger than any of the brick and mortar campuses, serving 46,000 students. In addition, she also taught online accelerated courses and has made numerous presentations around the country on topics such as: Building Retention into Online Programs, Transition to Hybrid/Online Learning, 7 Things You Should Know About Web 2.0 Tools, and Engaging Millennials with Mobile Technology. She is a member of the Sloan Consortium, EDUCAUSE, and is a Quality Matters certified peer reviewer. Ms. Kilgore received a post-graduate certificate in Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington University, and holds a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A & M Corpus Christi. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Educational Computing at the University of North Texas.
Senior Consultant at Academic Partnerships International (API)
Samantha Duque is a senior consultant at Academic Partnerships International (API). She currently serves our partners in Latin America and Asia/Pacific in the creation high quality online academic programs. Samantha leads a team of consultants in several countries in online course development. Her expertise in online education, communications, and her bilingual abilities(Spanish/English) serve API clients very well.
Samantha is a Certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer, has taught at the University of North Texas and is an expert in several Learning Management Systems.