Skip to main content
Pepperdine | Community

Learning Circles For Online Teaching


Dr. Margaret Riel of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) talks about "Learning Circles for Online Learning." The talk was held online on 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 collaborative contexts. 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.