Considerations for Online Learning
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Revista Música Hodie, Goiânia
In the history of education, online learning is a very new phenomenon but it is growing at an exponential rate and has become a significant means of education in North America and elsewhere. In this paper, I would like to share some of what I have learned from working in an online teaching and learning environment. Just over a dozen years ago, my university moved into online learning at a time when tools and resources were in the early stages of development and more importantly best practices around this mode of education were largely unknown. Since then, we have learned and unlearned many things. By sharing our experiences through our collective deliberation, we might find answers, possibilities, and strategies for online learning in our respective programs. To this end, I have organized this paper around some of the most frequently asked questions on this topic. Some of the questions are interrelated, but it may be worthwhile to address them separately. The focus here is on online learning where a whole course or series of courses is conducted in the internet environment, rather than on internet enrichments that might be included in any traditional classroom, although there are some significant commonalities in both settings.