Photo (left to right) IST faculty members Beth Allred Oyarzun, Florence Martin and Ayesha Sadaf.
Online learning is maturing into an essential need, versus a convenient option, for many who pursue higher education. Limited financial resources, family responsibilities, conflicting work schedules – these are just some situations that contribute to a powerful, growing educational community in the digital universe.
There are tremendous possibilities offered through online technology; however, they also invite drawbacks. A confusing user interface, unclear objectives, unmanaged class participation and other factors can quickly derail online course goals, no matter how compelling the content.
Keeping online learners engaged
Florence Martin, director of UNC Charlotte’s fully online Instructional Systems Technology (IST) program is a leading expert in online instruction. She and IST program faculty understand that sound instructional design yields successful online courses, which is why their program was recently awarded Quality Matters’ prestigious program certification in “Program Design.”
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