Online Course Design Pitfall #3: Insist on being the “sage on the stage.”

The Faculty Focus site and newsletters are a favorite of mine, always something useful can be found to enrich teaching and your students learning. The following is excerpted from St. Germain, E. (2011) “Five Common Pitfalls of Online Course Design” Faculty Focushttp://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/five-common-pitfalls-of-online-course-design/ last visited 12/14/2011

“In the old model of education, the instructor stood on the podium and served as the students’ revered and primary access point to the desired knowledge. Today, your students may be Googling your lecture topic while you speak and finding three sources that update or improve upon your presentation. The Web provides instantaneous access to an enormous volume of opinions, commentary, and knowledge related to your topic. As a result, your role is now more of a content curator—the one who prunes and trains the branches that extend from your expertise out into the world. The Web enables interdisciplinary links, associations, relationships, and openness. Your course should be a place where students come to participate in the connections that can be made between your subject and the outside world. Build these bridges into your online course materials, and become a facilitator of these important connections.”

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About Michael Ritter PhD
Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, science textbook author, educational technology blogger, podcaster, and freelance media consultant.

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