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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Creating Consistency in Your Online Courses

As a prospective online student you may find that your courses are standardized, meaning that they have been designed to deliver the same content across all sections of a course, and in every academic term, but facilitated by different instructors. These courses share a set of common, reusable elements. This is a direct contrast to […]


Teaching with Text Messages

What is commonly referred to as texting, and sometimes Short Message Service (SMS), includes sending and receiving short messages via cell phones. This very specific functionality of mobile communication is gaining ground in education as a way for instructors to connect with students, especially those working at a distance, and even create new assignment options. […]


Summer Reading List 2012 – Online Learning Edition

What's on your reading list? Last week's #IOLchat included a brainstorming session of low- and no- cost professional development opportunities for online instructors. One of the ideas that emerged was to develop a reading list of relevant materials. If you are like me, you are probably always adding titles, but rarely have time to get the reading […]


Celebrating National Small Business Week

Entrepreneurial careers are on the rise, and working as an independent contractor or starting your own business may be part of your future plans. The National Small Business Week events, taking place this week and organized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), provide a closer look at what it means to own and operate a small […]


The Saylor Foundation’s Open Textbook Challenge

Calling all academic authors! The Saylor Foundation's Open Textbook Challenge is expanding, and awarding $20,000 for accepted textbooks that align with eligible Saylor courses and are licensed through Creative Commons (CC-BY). The Saylor Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization currently offering over 200 open, online courses in 12 disciplines and a general education program covering topics from […]


99 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom [Updated]

We’ve compiled a fresh batch of ways to make Facebook work in your classroom.


Contemplating the Megaclass

Can you imagine being enrolled in a course with hundreds or even thousands of classmates? What about being responsible for teaching a course with that many students? It may seem like an impossible situation, but that's exactly what's happening at Virginia Tech in John Boyer's World Regions geography course with over 2,600 students in the […]