|© Abi Woldhuis|
What an enormous task to get it right! Do it well and you have engaged, enthused, active learners collaborating together and feeling good about the process. Do it poorly and learners disengage, become frustrated and don't share the full benefit. Online learning is reliant on effective teacher presence bringing in social and cognitive presence. How do we achieve that and develop excellent online pedagogy? There is no winning recipe but it does require hard work, careful planning, professional development, feedback, willingness to learn, clear goals and desired outcomes for learners, trust, accountability, collaboration, effective facilitation, discussion, investment of time in people, open minded attitude and a certain level of being an expert on relevant topics.
Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.