What are Effective Practices?

With the current transition to Canvas at UTA, now is an excellent time to examine your online or blended courses – or to jump in if you have never taught online. This session is the next in a series that examines emerging and existing issues in online learning by working through a free online resource published by Mavs Open Press called Creating Online Learning Experiences. This Open Educational Resource aims to be a handbook that explores many of the issues and concepts related to putting courses online for new and experienced instructors. This second session will examine why the idea of having one set of “best practices” falls short across the diversity that exists in courses. We will look at how you can improve your course by instead focusing on effective practices while minimizing ineffective practices. Since all courses are different, we also want you to share what does and does not work for your courses in this interactive session.

Next in this series: Creating effective content and activities

Dr. Matt CrosslinDr. Matt Crosslin

Matt Crosslin, Ph.D. is a Learning Innovation Researcher with the LINK Research Lab. Matt’s current research activities focus on learning theory, innovation, learner empowerment, and learning analytics. Matt holds a Ph.D. in Learning Technologies from the University of North Texas, a Master of Education in Educational Technology from UT Brownsville, and a Bachelors of Science in Education from Baylor University. His research interests include instructional design, learning pathways, sociocultural theory, heutagogy, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and open networked learning. He has a background in instructional design and teaching at both the secondary and university levels and has been an active blogger and conference presenter. He also enjoys networking and collaborative efforts involving faculty, students, administration, and anyone involved in the education process. Before coming to UTA, he worked in innovative learning centers as well as forward thinking education companies that looked to expand the limits of formal and informal learning.

This event was sponsored by the Center for Research on Teaching and Learning Excellence and the LINK Research Lab.

It occurred on September 25, from 12:00 until 1:00 pm, in the LINK Research Lab (246 Nedderman Hall). The session archive can be found below:

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