Take it from the masters. Here are some of the recommendations from online learning gurus, whose combined online teaching experience has spanned for over a century! Asynchronous classes need not be a task in isolation and the students’ experience, in fact can be a learning process. To engage the students, a material that is normally uploaded as a “file” or an “assignment” can be enhanced by the interactivity criteria. Materials such as video, game, podcast, external tools, and URLs are preferred authentic sources. Authenticity enriches learning particularly when it is incorporated in the realm of assessment. Authentic assessments, which rely on primary data and in most cases, on the “phenomenological” and “mix media” approaches to learning, are considered more engaging to the student. As “a window into the true understanding of the student” authentic assessments that allow the students to encounter and solve real problems are “more fundamental than curriculum”. Samples of authentic assessments of students, include interviews with societal and community leaders, digital stories, reflections on a podcast, interactive maps and more.
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