Title

Taking a Hard Look at the Soft Skills of Online Course Design and Online Teaching in Higher Education

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

11-2016

Publication Details

This book chapter was originally published as:

Gosselin, K. P., Wuensche, K., Northcote, M., & Stoddard, T. (2017). Taking a hard look at the soft skills of online course design and online teaching in higher education. In M. Northcote & K. P. Gosselin (Eds.), Handbook of research on humanizing the distance learning experience (pp. 158-181). Hershey, PA: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781522509684

ANZSRC / FoR Code

130103 Higher Education| 130306 Educational Technology and Computing| 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators

Reportable Items

B1

Abstract

Over the past few decades substantial growth has occurred in online education in general and this has been particularly true of the higher education sector. Most universities and post-secondary institutions now offer students the opportunity to enroll in online pre-tertiary, vocational, undergraduate and/or postgraduate courses. While some of these courses are successful for the learners who enroll in them, others have been found somewhat deficient, often criticized for their lack of humanization, interaction, communication and online presence. This chapter examines the role of the so-called soft skills of online course design and online teaching that are seen as vital for online educators who are responsible for the facilitation of high quality online learning. Along with a review of relevant literature about the soft skills of online teaching, the chapter examines three institutional case studies to develop a set of practically-focused recommendations to promote the design of humanized online learning environments.

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Handbook of research on humanizing the distance learning experience may be accessed from the publisher here.

Staff and Students of Avondale College may access Handbook of research on humanizing the distance learning experience from Avondale College Library (374.4 N81).

Please refer to publisher version or contact the library.

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