Listen to this Gates Foundation podcast episode to hear reports from three institutions about their strategies for online programs.
As Jeff Fox notes in his 2011 Faculty Focus article, students sometimes do not see the connection between what we are teaching and what they are being expected to do. He offers a few ways to make your course more relevant to student engagement and learning:
Provide clear learning outcomes in the syllabus and during class discussions.
Link your learning outcomes to your assignment descriptions.
Establish relevance at the start of each class by asking What? Why? How?
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