Learning Circles For Online Teaching


Dr. Margaret Riel, Graduate School of Education and Psychology
October 13, 2011


Teaching online has similar challenges to teaching in classrooms. How do you keep a number of people actively engaged in a learning context? In this generation of multi-taskers, if you don't fully engage your students, you run the risk of losing them. In a face-to-face class setting, you enjoy immediate voice and visual feedback. In an online or blended format, the learning technologies you select can also offer live voice, video, and collaborate texts. However, the technologies themselves don't solve the problem of engagement. In this presentation, Dr. Margaret Riel of GSEP shares her insights using learning circles, a strategy to create distributed leadership and collaborative knowledge building, to promote student learning and engagement.