Not everyone was meant to instruct online courses. Yet, many of those traditional instructors could. They find themselves at a loss for what to do, why to make different choices than teaching a more traditional collegiate crowd and why that all matters in the grand scheme of things. After spending an academic term as a Teaching Assistant for an outstanding online instructor at Granite State College, I took my experience and combined it with my existing knowledge of adult learning theory (andragogy), leadership and writing to create a site that harbors what I believe to be BEST PRACTICES in adult online education.
I define FOUR SIMPLE RULES for excellence in adult online education:
- Craft a course that is well-designed, fun, enlightening and has ambitious and attainable learning goals.
- Create a learning environment that is open and respectful by stressing the values of each individual and the experience s/he brings to the class.
- Converse and encourage conversation as a method of teaching to facilitate learning and maintain your valuable environment.
- Conclude the course having had at least one experience that allows for autonomy and demonstrates how their experience relates to what/how they’ve learned.