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The Elephant in the Online Classroom

Online learning, online education - we read about it daily now that MOOCs are the rage. But are MOOCs and online education synonymous? Do instructors who are recorded and present their course online in a MOOC do the same thing as instructors who teach for-credit online courses within Universities? How do instructors of any type learn to teach online? With all of the talk about new ways of new delivery methods and both the threats and benefits, nobody talks about the elephant in the room. The majority of instructors don't know how to teach online. They have been the "sage on the stage" for many years - switching to an online, interactive format where instructor presence is one of the primary ways to assure participation and learner success means swimming in unchartered waters. Some have been very successful and are champions, while others shy away. How have the successful ones learned? We will incorporate real opinions by enthusiastic instructor participants.

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Donna Murdoch, Founder, CourseConstructors


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