Student-Focused Virtual Learning: Experience Walden University’s Virtual Residency Environment

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Conference Proceeding

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Paper presented at the Online Learning Consortium 2014 National Conference, Orlando, Florida, USA.


Experience a virtual/immersive residency from the student's perspective. Attend this session to learn about the tools and pedagogies used to facilitate the Walden virtual residency.

While online doctoral programs offer the flexibility and convenience expected by contemporary, adult learners (Bolliger & Halupa, 2012), considerations for unique learning needs of this group also need to be considered (Offerman, 2011). In the online environment, this is often accomplished through course design that offers opportunities for interactivity and collaborative learning (Ruey, 2010). In addition to innovative and varied course design; Walden University (an online institution) includes a residency requirement for students in most doctoral programs to help meet this population's need for interaction and collaboration.