What is Online Learning?

Online learning can be broadly defined as learning in which instruction and content is delivered through technologies supported by the internet. In actuality, this broad term can be applied to a variety of learning environments that employ the use of the internet in some manner. These environments include:

  • Completely web-based learning in which all content, communication, instruction and assignments are delivered online. Web-based learning may be facilitated, with an online instructor present, or it may be designed for independent learning.

  • Web-enhanced, blended or hybrid learning in which some content and instruction is online and some is delivered face-to-face.

  • Web-supported learning in which most of the learning and instruction is face-to-face. Some or all content is delivered online, and there may be a small amount of interaction online among learners and instructor.


NC Home Base Professional Development Tool

In the PD Tool there are two choices for engaging in professional development: Instructor-led and Self-paced.

  • Instructor Led: A facilitator or instructor guide course progress. One section or topic within the course in typically completed by all participants before moving on to the next section. There is a deadline for course completion.

  • Self-paced: The participant completes the course at his/her own pace. There is typically a deadline for course completion.

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Below is a chart that describes how self-paced and instructor led courses may be facilitated by the Home Base PD Tool.




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Description...............................................
XExample
Completely Web Based.. ................................


Self-Paced (PD Tool)
Complete course at own pace by specific deadline as directed by syllabus. .........................
Mentor Training
Instructor Led (PD Tool)
Complete course as directed by instructor's syllabus.
Differentiation. Learn about it. Create it. Submit it. Receive feedback. Repeat.



Blended Instruction


Self-Paced (PD Tool)
Complete work up to a particular point between face-to-face sessions. Very few face-to-face sessions.
Only three face-to-face sessions: beginning, middle, end of course.
Instructor Led (PD Tool)
Complete work up to a particular point between face-to-face sessions. Several face-to-face sessions.
Differentiation. Learn about it online. Create it. Meet together, discuss and critique. Repeat.



Web-Supported


Self-Paced (PD Tool)
The time available for face-to-face is structured like office hours or available for peer collaboration time. Participation optional since it's a self-paced opportunity.
Differentiation. Participants may meet at a location to work together before submitting work online.
Instructor Led (PD Tool)
Flipped classroom structure.
Differentiation. Participants gain understanding through content delivered online. While face-to-face, develop examples, evaluate, and critique.

Questions for Reflection

Activity.gifReflect & Share
  • In which type of course (self-paced or instructor led) and which structure (completely web-based, blended or web-supported) would you be most comfortable participating? Why?
  • Which type of course and which structure would you be most comfortable facilitating? Why?
  • Which type of course and which structure would you be most comfortable creating? Why?




NC Home Base Professional Development Tool

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