Teaching online is different: Critical perspectives from the literature
Teaching online is different. In this report we attempt to explain why. This report arises from the #Openteach: Professional Development for Open Online Educators project, which is funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. In this project we plan to uncover and promote the keys to effective online teaching practice, while recognising that effective teaching is an art, craft and science. We aim to harness this knowledge to support the professional learning of online educators. Ultimately we want to support online students to learn online by helping and inspiring their educators. This report was developed to help lay a foundation for the project through a critical analysis of relevant literature.
Ní Shé, C., Farrell, O., Brunton, J., Costello, E., Donlon, E., Trevaskis, S., Eccles, S. (2019). Teaching online is different: critical perspectives from the literature. Dublin: Dublin City University. Doi: 10.5281/zenodo.3479402
An investigation of effective online teaching: a needs analysis of online educators and online students
The main aim of the #Openteach project is to produce, and evaluate, evidence-based open professional development for part-time online educators. In an earlier phase of the project a synthesis of the relevant literature was completed in order to identify online educator roles and the associated competencies for effective online teaching. Concurrently, we conducted a needs analysis of the target population, online students and their online educators based in the OEU. This report contains the outcomes of this needs analysis and will be used, along with the literature synthesis, to guide the development of the professional development resources and course to be implemented in later stages of the project.
Farrell, O., Brunton, J., Costello, E., Donlon, E., Trevaskis, S., Eccles, S., Ní Shé, C. (2019). An investigation of effective online teaching: a needs analysis of online educators and online students. Dublin: #Openteach Project.
Farrell, O., Brunton, J., Costello, E., Conole, G., Donlon, E., Trevaskis, S., (2019) #OpenTeach: Rising to the challenge of supporting part-time online teachers. Presentation at ESAI 2019, Education in Times of Change, Choice and Challenge, Sligo, 11-13 April.
Farrell, O., Brunton, J., Costello, E., Conole, G., Trevaskis, S., (2019). Mind the Gap: Supporting the professional development of part time online teachers. Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA), Dundalk, 30th & 31st May.
Farrell, O., Brunton, J., Costello, E., Donlon, E., S., Eccles E., Ní Shé, C.,Trevaskis,, S. (2019). Plugging the gap in CPD for part-time online teachers. Paper presented at the 28th ICDE World Conference on Online Learning, Dublin, 3rd Nov – 7th Nov.
Farrell, O., & Brunton, J. (2019). Open, future, online teaching: Enabling excellence in the student experience. Presentation at OE Global 2019 conference, Milan, 26th Nov – 28th Nov.
Farrell, O., & Ni She, C. (2020). #Openteach: professional development for online educators. Invited presentation at ETTA EU project meeting, Dublin, 18th Feb.
Ní Shé, C., Farrell, O., Brunton, J., Costello, E., Donlon, E., Trevaskis, S., Eccles, S. (2020) DCU Case Study: Using ABC to Design an Online Teaching Course for Open Online Educators. ABC to VLE Case Study.
Orna interviewed about #Openteach in the Who’s Zooming who series by Ken McCarty. (2020). https://kenmccarthy.ie/category/wzw/