Proposal Abstract

Description: As we move toward online course management and blended learning, are we keeping up with student expectations? The 2010 ECAR survey raises concerns. The Study : A single platform (moodle) is used for class co-ordination. Students were exposed to a blend of traditional and online tools for engagement and assessment. Paper was eliminated. The study covered ten courses over two years. Surveys asked perceived difficulty and benefits of online vs traditional tools, and what is most important to student's overall learning experience. Results : Student response to online tools was initially luke-warm, but improved over time as we learned to use the tools more effectively. Student views vary significantly, reflecting the diversity in our student mix. Most important to their learning: Instructor's knowledge and enthusiasm. Implications : We must evolve – the online relationship is now critical for communication and administration. But we cannot assume all students are digital natives, and we must not lose sight of our personal impact in the classroom. The Session will be a blend of study results plus discussion / participant views.

Location

Room 2905

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

 
Mar 8th, 3:00 PM Mar 8th, 3:45 PM

Online Tools for Engaging Undergraduate Business Students

Room 2905

Description: As we move toward online course management and blended learning, are we keeping up with student expectations? The 2010 ECAR survey raises concerns. The Study : A single platform (moodle) is used for class co-ordination. Students were exposed to a blend of traditional and online tools for engagement and assessment. Paper was eliminated. The study covered ten courses over two years. Surveys asked perceived difficulty and benefits of online vs traditional tools, and what is most important to student's overall learning experience. Results : Student response to online tools was initially luke-warm, but improved over time as we learned to use the tools more effectively. Student views vary significantly, reflecting the diversity in our student mix. Most important to their learning: Instructor's knowledge and enthusiasm. Implications : We must evolve – the online relationship is now critical for communication and administration. But we cannot assume all students are digital natives, and we must not lose sight of our personal impact in the classroom. The Session will be a blend of study results plus discussion / participant views.