Discovering Effective Ways to Teach Online

By Thomas Simonds, S.J. and Barbara Brock.

Published by The International Journal of Technologies in Learning

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Two researchers utilized the scholarship of teaching and learning research method to embed a research study in the online courses they taught. The researchers sought to discover the best ways students learn in online courses and the best ways to teach values in online courses. Sixty-six graduate education students taking courses at a faith-based university in the United States participated in this study. Key findings of the study were that students found asynchronous learning activities more helpful for learning than synchronous learning activities and students identified the asynchronous discussion board as the space where the best learning occurred. Students also reported that values can be learned in online courses and described a number of ways instructors can help students learn values online. The concept of peer helping is explored in the paper as a way for students to live values and reflect on their experiences in online courses.

Keywords: Online Pedagogy, Teaching Values Online, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

International Journal of Technologies in Learning, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp.93-106. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 430.351KB).

Dr. Thomas Simonds, S.J.

Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Education, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, USA

Thomas Simonds is an assistant professor and associate chair of education at Creighton University in Omaha, NE, USA. He holds Master's degrees from Gonzaga University and Boston College, and a Doctoral degree in education from the University of San Francisco. He also holds a Divinty degree from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and is a Catholic priest. Dr. Simonds has published a number of research articles in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of school violence prevention and faith-based values education. His published works include two books: Advent and Christmas Reflections: Ideas for Teaching the Catholic Faith in the Home, School, and Parish; and School Violence Prevention Workbook: Stopping Harassment and Hazing. Dr. Simonds has presented his scholarly work at a number of national and regional conferences in the United States, and has also directed graduate and undergraduate students in research work.

Barbara Brock

Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Education, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, USA

Barb Brock is a professor of education and teaches in the online Interdisciplinary Doctor of Education Program in Leadership at Creighton University. She is a past chair of the Education Department and currently directs the online Master’s Program in Educational Leadership. Her publications include eight co-authored books and numerous book chapters and journal articles. She presents internationally and nationally on topics related to her research, which includes the career development of educational leaders, and most recently, the online learning preferences and needs of graduate students.