Online learners want to feel that they are part of a class or program and that they are valued as students.  The more they can become engaged in the course the more they will feel they are contributing to the learning process. This group is for educators who aspire to discuss and master the competencies necessary for exemplary performance and top customer service in a dynamic, rapidly changing higher education landscape.  Group members share best practices, ideas, thoughts, reflections, and resources to help colleagues across the globe improve performance. 


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Successful Instructors’ & Learners’ Personality Traits | Origin: EL117 | New comment by Samuel Beaumont

I believe the days of academics sitting in the ivory tower spewing forth pearls of wisdom that students will happily retrieve are gone.  The modern student expects far more than the traditional...

Engaging Online Learners | Origin: EL141 | New comment by Kevin Williams

I really liked the approach they talked about here by engaging students from a variety of different sources to reach as many as possible.  We have to realize that there is no one best way any...

Understanding True Colors Personality Traits | Origin: EL117 | New comment by Samuel Beaumont

The first thing I took from this module is there is a coloring system for an individual’s personality type.  Understanding the personality of an individual, regardless if it is a student,...

Foundational Personality Trait Models | Origin: EL117 | New comment by Samuel Beaumont

I was familiar with the Myers-Briggs test as I have taken that several times in the past.  The True Colors (TC) system was new to me, as well as Keirsey’s temperaments.  Understanding...

Assessing Student Learning | Origin: EL115 | New comment by Samuel Beaumont

  I have to go with what Terrence Stone said about the pre and post-test assessment of the efficacy of gamification in the course.  I have been involved in online education since 1999 and...

Implementation of Gaming and Simulations in the Learning Environment | Origin: EL115 | New comment by Samuel Beaumont

The main takeaways from this module are games can be quality learning tools to enhance the online environment and further develop student engagement with the content, the instructor, and their...

Analyzing Games and Simulations | Origin: EL115 | New comment by Samuel Beaumont

We use both high and low-fidelity simulations in our nursing program and they provide invaluable insight to our students.  It is amazing how realistic they are now and the multitude of programs...

Gaming and Simulation Defined | Origin: EL115 | New comment by Samuel Beaumont

This is a great discussion and topic to engage learners in an online environment, especially one that is asynchronous.  We are using a simulation in one of our introductory business courses that...

Social Networking | Origin: EL110 | New comment by Matt Yamashita

Liked the idea that social media is really an opportunity for students to share and critique their own work.  Would be great if some of the assignments or even discussions could seem more...

Technology Tools for Effective Communication | Origin: EL105 | New comment by Nancy Ward

I learned that whatever tool used for online teaching, it requires research on all aspects of the use of that tool. I like the idea of getting feedback from the students throught the course. I can...