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What is the role of an instructor in E-learning?

The instructor should realize and account for the student experience...ways to address it: offering simple assessments on computer skills needed...introductions at the start of a course (let students post pictures - make it personal), offer links to student resources (including remedial), provide clear schedules, have scheduled instant messaging/chat times, etc. 

Additional instructor roles: 

  • Establish rapport with students - make them feel at ease and encourage them to participate
  • Communicate constantly - regular emails, active involvement in discussion forums (but still allow private student-only forums)
  • Flexibility - often online learners are adults who have varying time constraints - expect it and accept it.
  • The instructor is the creator and curator of the online environment - levels of respect, concern for learning, etc. are all set by the instructor. An attitude that accepts failure as critical to learning is needed

What are Points to be noted if this is the first time you're teaching this course online.

  • Pilot the course - with colleagues and potential students
  • Prepare a "back up plan" for technology/server failure

How to have more efficient use of Instructors and effective for Trainees

Besides being quicker to deploy, live e-learning can make more efficient use of instructors than traditional classroom training. In fact, Gartner reports that instructor-led e-learning seminars are appropriate for groups of up to 1,000 students. Finally, for many employees, live e-learning can be much more effective than self-paced e-learning. Gartner has compared the success of e-learning with instructor-based training and found that training with human instructors wins out, if only by a small margin, in terms of how much learning goes on in a class.   

How to Use Live Instructors, Live Chat and VoIP?

Many companies are faced with the question, how do you get employees to show up when there seem to be no instructors or classmates lending support or noticing when somebody blows off the class? The answer is synchronous e-learning—using live instructors. This method offers several advantages over asynchronous (also called self-paced) e-learning. It uses instructors who lead regularly scheduled classes and who engage students in live chat or question-and-answer dialog via VoIP (Voice over IP) connections, and standard Web browsers hooked into software from vendors such as Centra Software, Global Knowledge, Gradepoint, and KnowledgeNet, among others. 

What are the minimum requirements to connect to the service?

The following are the minimum requirements:

Processor Pentium 90 MHz or better
Screen Resolution 800x600
Modem 56K modem
Internet Account Regular Dial-Up Connection
Supported System Microsoft Windows 2000 Microsoft Windows 95 Microsoft Windows 98 Microsoft Windows ME Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Microsoft Windows XP
Supported Browsers Microsoft IE 5.0x Microsoft IE 5.5 Microsoft IE 6.0 Netscape 4.5x Netscape 4.6 Netscape 4.7x Netscape 6.2 Netscape 7.0
Enable Browser Java Scripts Browser Cookies
Application/Plug-in Requirement Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 Macromedia Shockwave 7.0.2 Macromedia Shockwave 8.0 Macromedia Shockwave 8.5 Macromedia Shockwave 8.5.1 Microsoft Internet Explorer Netscape Navigator
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