Excellence in E-Learning

If Not Excellence, What?
If Not Excellence Now, When?
The “19 Es” of E-Learning Excellence

Borrowing from Tom Peters, business management blog on the 19E’s of Excellence, Britt Watwood from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), created a list of the “19 Es” of E-Learning Excellence.

Enthusiasm. Students quickly spot enthusiasm online, and just as quickly note when it is lacking. Online learning is always more than content…it is facilitated learning led by an enthusiastic subject-matter expert.

Energy. (Be involved, present, and active in your class)

Exuberance. (Use social media to connect with students and let your personality come through)

Execution. (Online learning does not just happen…it has to be designed in and managed.)

Empowerment. (Students empowered to co-learn and become researchers of their own personal knowledge are learning gifts that will live long beyond your course.)

Edginess. (Add some Edupunk to your course.)

Enraged. (Don’t accept mediocrity in yourself or your students. Get them to stretch beyond normal expectations)

Engaged. (To me, engagement is the key to effective online learning. Students need to see the relevance of what they are doing online and its impact on their world.)

Electronic. (Partners with the world 60/60/24/7 via electronic community building and entanglement of every sort. Crowdsourcing rules! {Same statement Tom made applies to elearning. Think outside the four walls of the classroom and connect your class with their global peers})

Encompassing. (Borrowing from an old cartoon, no one may know you are a dog online, but online every dog can be a top dog)

Emotion. (Be passionate about what you teach and let that passion show.)

Empathy. (The power of elearning is the ability to make the learning customizable to each student in your class. That requires real connections between faculty and students beyond the normal hierarchical establishment.)

Experience. (Students should come away from online classes with a WOW experience. You have the tools to transform their lives through social media.)

Eliminate. (What works in face-to-face settings rarely transfers easily online. It is not a matter of throwing your powerpoints, notes, or even class lecture videos online and saying you have online classes. It is a different medium and therefore requires much to be tossed out and re-engineered.)

Errorprone. (Ready! Fire! Aim! Try a lot of stuff and make a lot of booboos and then try some more stuff and make some more booboos—all of it at the speed of light! {Okay, maybe not at the speed of light, but don’t be afraid of messing up online. The online environment remains pretty messy, but in that mess is opportunity!})

Evenhanded. (The online environment has the tools for the democratization of education. You will have superstar students and those who learn at slower paces, but treat every online student equitably.)

Expectations. (One of Chickering and Gamon’s Seven Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education was for faculty to communicate high expectations. It hold true equally in online classes – expect much and you will get it.)

Eudaimonia. (Pursue the highest of human moral purpose—the core of Aristotle’s philosophy. Be of service. Always. {Equally true in education as in business, if not more so!})

Excellence. (The only standard! Never an exception! Start now! No excuses! If not Excellence, what? If not Excellence now, when? As Tom said, Amen!)

What are your thoughts?


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