Electronic Constructivism in an Online Environment: Compelling Questions, Creativity and Collaboration

M.B. Yoder (USA)


Online Education and Training, E-Pedagogy, Online Professional Development, Best Practices of Web-based Education


Using today’s technologies to study historical events and influential people can go far beyond searching the Web and reporting the findings. Online students can use authentic resources and their own creativity to interpret their findings, demonstrate their knowledge, and make history come alive. Instructors can pose intriguing questions and compelling scenarios that will inspire and motivate online students. Culminating projects that involve research, analysis, original creations, and collaboration add relevance to online classes. WebQuests, and other applicable formats are among the most outstanding examples that contribute to high online retention. This creative approach to instruction is only one of the reasons why the author’s university’s retention and student satisfaction rates for online programs continue to be almost 100% . Results from a survey of current students and graduates revealed what students and faculty value most about online learning, the most common challenges they face, and proven methods for being an effective online learner, collaborator, and facilitator. Recommendations are based on nine years of efforts by faculty and administrators to find the most educationally sound, administratively efficient, and financially viable way to offer outstanding online learning experiences.

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