It is important to integrate ways for students to receive their content, communicate and also collaborate with peers and their teacher to ensure the ultimate online environment of success.
It is important that the instruction has provided a way to disperse information about the course. The syllabus, agenda and calendar are important for students to be able to easily access. Students may also use the research database to be able to research topics. Webinars allows the instructor to give extra information about the content. Problem-based learning allows the student to investigate and find information through web quests and more intense study.
Communication with the instructor and peers allows information to be shared and help provided. Email is a way the student and the teacher can correspond when there is a problem as a specific question. Discussion board can be provided to gear questions and problems that arise. Students are prompted to post questions to the board, so anyone can answer or it is possible that other student might have a similar question. As social network is a great tool that allows student to communicate as a group or reach out to the global world.
Collaboration encourages a group to work together to learn and help each other grow in content knowledge. Anything that encourages students to interact and work on projects together. Second Life encourages interaction within the virtual community. DocuShare, wikis and blogs allow students to share work and comment on work. Social bookmarking allows student to bookmark sites and use other people’s sites to save time on researching and looking at ideas.