For many students, learning in the 21st century means:
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For these and many other reasons, learning online is very different from learning in the classroom. This can be a major adjustment for most faculty, because what you have used for teaching materials in the past may not be suitable for the online environment. However, fear not! The same teaching principles hold true whether teaching face-to-face or online. Recall the study by Chickering and Gamson (1987) on the seven principles for undergraduate teaching. Many web-based learning environments are guided by these principles of good teaching practice.
Before you begin the online course design process, think about what your students need to learn in your course, rather than what you will teach. Thinking with learning in mind can help with the design process immensely.
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