Electronic Constructivism in Online Learning: Practical Guidelines and Replicable Examples
Maureen Yoder, Lesley University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
It is commonly known that online classes are convenient and flexible, but there are additional factors that contribute to an outstanding online learning environment. Based on a study of 300 online students, and their instructors, proven strategies have been developed that result in an exciting, interesting experience for both instructors and students. Examples of successful online activities, collaborations with distant colleagues, and outstanding professional development opportunities provide a new understanding of learning online and have resulted in an online graduate program with an almost 100% retention rate. Strategies are based on constructivist approaches that include research, analysis and interpretation, then go much further with students demonstrating new knowledge in original and creative ways. There are proven guidelines for being an effective online learner, collaborator, and facilitator, and for getting the most out of an online learning experience.
Yoder, M. (2007). Electronic Constructivism in Online Learning: Practical Guidelines and Replicable Examples. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 574-578). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).