Gaining Foundation Skills for Learning and Teaching/GFS Introducing Online Pedagogy Module

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GFS Introducing Online Pedagogy Module

So what is online pedagogy?

Broken down into definitions from

Online – adjective

  • available or operating on a computer or computer network

Pedagogy - –noun, plural -gies.

  • the function or work of a teacher; teaching.
  • the art or science of teaching; education; instructional methods.

online. (n.d.). Unabridged (v 1.1). Retrieved March 08, 2009, from website:

Effectively online pedagogy is the practice of facilitating learning online via computer networks using sound facilitation/teaching principles and practices.

Online pedagogy requires a different approach to that of face to face teaching. There are whole new arrays of factors that affect the context in which the teaching or facilitation is occurring.

Is online learning happening in the areas in which you teach? What are your initial thoughts around the advantages and disadvantages of this form of learning?

Read through What Online Students Want to Tell Faculty from the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium. It is a quick read and provides some valuable ideas to think about regarding online teaching.

Consider how this relates to your own area of practice as an educator and your own thoughts as a learner.

Formal learners log into the discussion board on Blackboard and share your thoughts.

Additional Resources

For those who want to explore further check out:

Tips and tricks for teaching online – click through the index on the left hand side of the page to find specific areas of interest – some useful tips.

The Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education provides lots of information on putting the seven principles covered into practice and these can be applied to all areas of teaching.

NB: Online pedagogy is explored further and developed in depth in the GCTLT courses Flexible Learning and Constructing Courses to Enhance Learning.