Methods for increasing student learning in an online undergraduate analysis of apparel and production course

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2017-01-01
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Stanley, April
McCracken, Arienne
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Teaching strictly online presents new challenges for educators. Some challenges included: (a) the inability to assess student thinking and learning of material in a face-to-face environment and (b) the majority of undergraduate students enrolled in the online course were taking 16 – 18 credit hours and working 20 – 30 hours per week, creating challenges for paired and group assignments. The authors questioned whether teaching methods and assignments could be developed or adapted for an online analysis of apparel and furnishings course. Existing literature discussed the expansion of online courses including appropriate use of technology. Researchers considered methods for implementing in-depth thinking. The authors used taxonomies to guide the development of assignments. Other learning tools and techniques were reviewed. The findings revealed adaptions for the online environment and the development of new curricula. An adapted Plus Delta revealed the students found the assignments beneficial along with videos and visuals.

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