Innovate, not imitate

In designing my online courses and talking to other faculty members about their courses, I always try to avoid imitating the in-class experience. I’m not a particularly big fan of Kubis or anything else that puts you in the room, because I don’t think that should be our goal. There’s so much that you can do in the online space that you can’t do in the classroom. Rather than being a second-rate imitation of a classroom, I try to embrace the affordances of teaching online: asynchronous pacing, individualized content, multi-modal composition, increased intrinsic motivation (hopefully), alternative forms of extrinsic motivation, etc. All of these relate in some way to increased student autonomy, and if I can get the students onboard and wielding that autonomy, then they can do great things.

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