Best Practices in Teaching Online and Hybrid Courses in the Arts and Media
Fellows: Anne L. Becker and Suzanne McBride
We will be investigating and exploring what a media/arts college should do to create and foster a successful online learning community for its faculty, staff and students. What type of preparation should the students in this online learning environment have in place before entering an online course? What type of preparation does the faculty need to deliver quality education to students in an online environment? What steps should an institution take to encourage online learning? And what does a quality online course look like in a media/arts institution?
In our interviews and review of the literature, it’s clear that perhaps the greatest strength – and challenge – of online learning is its laser focus on students. At its best, students studying in an online environment no longer learn in a vacuum; rather they engage in all types of digital dabbling from visual imagery to assiduous dialogue through texting, twittering and even talking. They become “instant” information finders and creators, taking a lead in their education rather than waiting for a teacher to show them the way. It’s critical that faculty model and teach students the importance of quality learning.
We need to challenge our students to not merely be satisfied with the quick accessing of information but to deepen their knowledge by analyzing and synthesizing information in a way that demonstrates they have added their own creativity and critical thinking to the learning process and seized ownership of it.