Dr. John Thompson is Associate Professor Emeritus at Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY, USA. He also operates his own educational consulting business – Global Learning Institute, Inc. Dr. Thompson teaches all his college courses 100% online, having taught over 100 online courses since 2000. He enjoys teaching online from his home office at all hours of the day and night. He has chaired conferences, done presentation and paper reviews for numerous conferences and publications, made presentations at numerous local to international conferences, and has authored many publications in his field. Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Thompson’s career experience included working in urban, suburban, and rural schools as an elementary and secondary classroom teacher (general education and special education), curriculum coordinator, principal, and school superintendent. He also functioned as director of training for two state governments and director of a computer training organization. Dr. Thompson’s PhD in Education Administration researched connections between adult education principles and writers of computer documentation. His current research interests include asynchronous online discussions, Web conferencing, and student engagement in online courses.
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- Improving Student Engagement in Online Courses
This presentation is designed to illustrate the concept of student engagement and enable participants to learn how to increase engagement in online courses. At the end of the session participants will be able to organize their online courses for increased student engagement.
- Do Online Discussion Right
It is important to use best practices in online discussions because threaded discussions are becoming increasingly common in online courses. The session will present best practices in using online discussions from related literature, from the presenter’s personal experience in teaching 100 online courses since 2000, and from actual student feedback in those courses. The results include how and when students participate in online discussions and what students think about online discussions.
- Use Human Touch to Engage Online Students
Human touch is really all about creating and maintaining relationships. When students sense a trusting, caring relationship on the part of their instructor, students begin to perceive that their online experience is as much about them, or even more so, than the curriculum, projects, and test results. Students feel that their instructor is trying to establish a warm, supportive relationship, their sense of belonging and engagement increases. That’s just human nature.
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