We feel that online learning is less about technology and more about engagement with the coursework and your professors. Marshall online courses consist of both asynchronous and synchronous course work. Asynchronous activities include presentations, moderated discussion boards, case studies, simulations, educational games, self-assessment exercises, and other online instructional content that can be completed at each student’s convenience. Synchronous, scheduled activities include live video class sessions, webinars, facilitated team meetings, one-on-one feedback sessions, and other real-time interactions. Professors are also available via regularly scheduled virtual office hours and email.
The Benefit of Instructional Designers
Instructional designers use specialized knowledge and skills to create engaging and effective learning experiences. They are experts in: learning theories, curriculum design, course development, and learning technology. Instructional designers support courses and faculty by providing best and innovative practices in online teaching pedagogy.
Instructional Designers put their expertise in practicing by doing the following:
The Flipped Classroom
In a traditional classroom, whether on-ground or online, a professor delivers the content to learners in some version of a lecture – with slideshows, handouts, and textbook readings – to be followed up by a homework assignment. The flipped classroom asks the students to engage with the content of the lecture before attending class. This is then followed up in class with activities focused on delving deeper into the content.