Use academic challenges and experiential missions to provide learner choice and engage students in online course activities

Description Aligning students’ instructional preferences with course activities and providing opportunities for learner choice are widely recognized as educational best practice, helping students to engage with content and learn more effectively (Kern & State, 2009; Patall, Dent, Oyer, & Wynn, 2013; Patall, Cooper, & Wynn, 2010), and researchers and practitioners have started extending this instructional …

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Use non-complex Excel based simulations to improve online student understanding of deterministic financial models

Description Numerous studies have found that students who use simulations to learn concepts then subsequently demonstrate higher test scores than students using traditional lecture and discussions to cover the same material. Thus, the research indicates that online students could benefit from properly designed simulations. (Porter, 2004) Individual instructors have two basic choices for obtaining simulations: …

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