1 Benefits and Challenges

eLearning at Brock

Learners are increasingly identifying with a networked, connected society that privileges interactivity as a learning strategy and acknowledges new media literacies as indigenous modes of expression.  Traditional pedagogical principles are still valued, but this new context offers unique opportunities to consider new approaches.

Technology offers solutions to a diverse set of instructional challenges, and instructors choose to augment courses with instructional technologies for a number of reasons. Some examples include: large lecture courses managing hundreds of students or dozens of sections, introductory courses providing access to significant amounts of basic materials throughout the semester, courses that shift in-class quizzes to an online format allowing for more class discussion time, or courses and programs using the Internet to reach a nonresident, national, or international audience. The following videos discuss how teaching online positively impacts both the teaching and learning experience and what challenges to expect.

Benefits and Challenges of Online Teaching

Featuring: Laurie Harrison (Toronto), Peter Thompson (Carleton), Richard Nimijean (Carleton), Denise Mohan (Guelph), Dan Boyes (Toronto), Karen Fricker (Brock), Zopito A. Marini (Brock), Franco Taverna (Toronto), Alison Gibbs (Toronto), James M. Skidmore (Waterloo).

Benefits and Challenges of Online Learning

Featuring: Maureen Connolly (Brock), MJ D’Elia (Guelph), Kevin Cheung (Carleton), Laurie Harrison (Toronto), Patrick Lyons (Carleton), Boris Vukovic (Carleton), Bob Burk (Carleton), Franco Taverna (Toronto), Denise Mohan (Guelph), Richard Nimijean (Carleton).

Overcoming the Challenges of Online Teaching and Learning

Featuring: Franco Taverna (Toronto), Laurie Harrison (Toronto), Andrew Barrett (Carleton), Maureen Connolly (Brock), James M. Skidmore (Waterloo), Richard Nimijean (Carleton), MJ D’Elia (Guelph), Don Boyes (Toronto).

Instructors want to better manage time and resources, provide engaging learning opportunities to students outside of class, and/or want to offer a course to a nontraditional or off-campus audience. Although there are many themes and recommendations in common, you will find specific strategies through this guide to prepare for a variety of challenges that each unique set of circumstances may present.

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