Balancing Theory with Practice: Constructing Authentic and Interactive Learning Opportunities for Graduate Students in a Fully Online Program

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Conference Proceeding

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Proceedings, Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) International Conference




In order to design curriculum that is relevant, engaging, and meets the needs of professional associations in the field, there is a need to examine how fully online graduate programs in a College of Education balance theory with real-world practices. An interactive instructional style combined with meaningful assessment practices will allow faculty to better prepare students for the demands of twenty-first century teaching. This presentation will explore faculty-to-student and student-to-student interaction in an M.Ed. Reading Specialist program- including discussion boards, journals, blogs, announcements, email, individual/group work, and feedback on assignments- in order to create a framework for the design of successful online learning experiences.