Generation Y : Julie Coates provides information on Generation Y: characteristics; Gen Y in the classroom; tips for teaching Gen Y.—The-Millennial-Generation

Motivating Generation X and Y with Gamification: This blog offers information on the generation of learners. The blog itself focuses on game based learning and provides insight into using games-ED and pixelfountain.

Discussion activities: Some helpful tips to provide some structure to discussions.

Promises and Myths of elearning: Article by Tony Bates

Ten Best Practices for Teaching online: Details and examples are listed on a separate page in this blog. Use the link below to access the excerpt or take a look at Chapter 3 Boettcher, J. V., & Conrad, R. M. (2010). The Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips (1 ed.). San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Theory and Practice of Online Learning: This website offers 16 chapters related to online learning. The topics include among other; theories, developing infrastructure, technologies, copyright issues, teaching online, supporting asynchronous discussion

ePortfolio: The following link offers a PDF on “Effective Practice with e-Portfolios” and ways to support 21st century learning.

Education for a Digital World: This book contains a comprehensive collection of proven strategies and tools for effective online teaching. PDF download available

Understanding Mobile Learning: This e-book shows the reason why mobile learning has such a recent growth and what areas are best suited for this type of learning. Download available on “The Learning Circuits Blog”

First Monday: This is an openly accessible, peer reviewed journal site devoted to the Internet.

Journal of Distance Education: Articles focus on 1) Issues related to distance education 2) Unique solutions to critical problems 3)issues of distance education that may arouse controversy.

eLearning tools explained by Common Craft: This site has quick videos that offer explanations. membership is available if you want to create your own.

Benefits of eLearning:

Learning to teach Online: There are excellent videos and PDF. is also available on iTunes U.

Learning Times Green Room: This website has incredible podcasts and highlights about learning. I love their slogan “Renewal, Retooling and Conversations about Learning”. Hosted by Susan Manning and Dan Balzer

Gilly Salmon from the University of Leicester talks about the challenge on elearning and design. See video below

Attrition in elearning courses: Article by Keith-Tyler-Smith. Merlot offers several articles.

New Approaches For Educating The Net Generation: Excellent article with clear practical information

Implementing the seven principles: This website describes seven principles of best practice and the use of technology. There are many links on the page that provide more in depth information about the use of technology to enhance these principles and more. The article is a little outdated with technology. 2008

Nine Strategies for Using IM in Your Online Course: Posted by Rob Kelly in Faculty Focus.

Assessment resources:

This article (from the MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching Vol. 6, No. 1, March 2010 297 – the Merlot site has many resources) is a quick overview that also addresses some potential issues.

The five guides on this site cover different aspects of assessment including online assessment and the assessment of group work.

Excellent resource in Faculty Focus, highlighting ten areas for assessment practice. Some examples are authentic assessment, multiple choice, teach to the test, self-assessment and more:

S.E.C.T.I.O.N.S. is an acronym based on a model by Bates and Pool (2003) that stands for: Students, Ease of use and reliability, Cost, Teaching and Learning, Interactivity, Organizational issues, Novelty, and Speed. You will read more about this model in the next activity. Reference: Bates, T., & Poole, G. (2003). Effective teaching with technology in higher education: Foundations for success. Indianapolis, Indiana: Jossey-Bass.


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