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Jo Ann Coe Regan

Teaching Excellence Seminar:
Student Engagement in Online Learning

Jo Ann Coe Regan, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Distance Education, College of Social Work
January 27, 2011


Do you teach courses with online components? Do you wonder how to keep students active and engaged in the online environment? Have you considered how online approaches can resemble teaching practices you traditionally use? This workshop will explore best practices for successful design, development, and implementation of teaching and learning strategies for active learning and engagement in online environments. These strategies are based on the "seven principles of good practice in undergraduate education," originally framed by Chickering and Gamson in 1986. Workshop participants will examine specific examples of teaching and learning strategies - such as using Adobe Connect for small group discussion, polling, guest speakers, student presentations, and other Web 2.0 media -- and how they focus on the seven principles, highlighting advantages, challenges, and evaluation of each.

Follow-up Activities
Participants that are interested in collaborating and sharing teaching strategies will also be invited to engage in a series of follow-up meetings to share and discuss ways to enhance active learning and engagement in online environments. 

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About the Presenter

Jo Ann R. Coe Regan is the Director of Distance Education and a Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Social Work. She teaches graduate level fully online courses via Adobe Connect and hybrid courses utilizing video conferencing and online delivery for students in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program throughout South Carolina. She and another colleague are also developing an online graduate certificate program in working with the military that would be available for state and national dissemination. She has been involved in the planning, teaching, administration, and evaluation of social work distance education programs and online courses for the last 15 years at the University of Hawaii, California State University-Long Beach, and the University of Texas at Arlington. Her research and publications have focused on distance education and the use of technology for social work practice with children and youth.

This seminar was sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence. For more information, please e-mail or call 803-777-8322.

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