7 things every educator needs to know about online learning

7 Things Every Educator Needs to Know About Online Learning

Online learning is growing. How do online classrooms differ from the face to face classroom? What about the student/teacher relationship? Jade Ballek is a principal of an online K12 school in Canada. She tells all: the challenges of online learning and the strengths.

Sylvia Duckworth made a sketchnote to go with this show! Thanks Sylvia! (See below.)

Important Takeaways

  • How do you know if a student is “really” learning?
  • How do you measure and improve student engagement? (Some of us can use these tips in our face to face classrooms.)
  • How does the support structure differ from the face to face classroom? (It was interesting to see what they do to help teachers help students.)
  • Ways students have to be trained to interact with online instructors to make the relationship better.
  • How Jade analyzes course content to improve it.
  • The benefits of online learning, particularly for kids who are shy or quiet.
  • The challenges of online learning and what Jade does to level up course content and teaching.

If you're a blended classroom (or flipped), like me, you'll learn lots of handy tips to help you improve your online classroom. Most 21st century classrooms are comprised of bricks (f2f) and clicks (online) and our ability to meld the two into a powerful learning experience will determine our success as teachers.

Interview Links


  • Lesley University has an impressive line-up of online programs specifically designed for busy teachers. If you’re interested in strengthening your professional training, your resume or your career options, you'll want to take a look at what Lesley has to offer.

    Lesley’s programs include: •creative learning environments •experienced faculty •small classes, and •the kind of supportive online community that we all value and want.

[callout]Take a moment to check out Lesley’s programs for teachers by going to Online.Lesley.edu/BamRadio.[/callout]

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7 Things Every Educator Needs to Know About Online Learning

7 Things Every Educator Needs to Know about Online Learning – drawn by Sylvia Duckworth.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

John Laskaris @ Talent LMS September 4, 2015 - 11:46 am

Online learning is indeed quite challenging. I feel that the challenges we face rise simultaneously with the advancements in technology, not only in that aspect. Would you agree?


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