Engaging students is essential in building an effective community for online learning. Online learning is often designed for self-directive learners or students who will become self-directive learners. Providing resources beside the required course textbook is a valuable way to richen the learning experience. The Internet offers many tools for improving the quality of online learning. One valuable tool available for online learning is Internet-based multimedia resources. These resources can help students develop skills and improve his or her knowledge about subject matter. According to Conrad and Donaldson (2011), “Providing opportunities for students to acquire the necessary skills, an instructor can establish an informal mentoring system” (p 39). Two sources available on the Internet an instructor can use to develop an informal mentoring system are Multimedia Resources for Educators and Students, and the use of VideoLectures.Net.
Multimedia Resources for Educators and Students
Multimedia Resources for Educators and Students is a multimedia website that provides many links for educators and students. The website provides links to videos, movies, streaming resources, multiple media types, sound, audio, music, PowerPoint, multimedia slideshow resources, and search engines for resources. This website can help the instructor develop a stronger learning environment. Students can also improve his or her learning skills by using the site. The website can be found at http://www.uen.org/geneal_learner/multimedia_reources.shtml.
VideoLectures.Net is a website that provides video lectures from keynotes throughout the world. The site offers lectures for over twenty educational topics. The lectures are offered in different languages to meet the need to the instructor and student. There are over 14,000 lectures available in English for viewing. This resource allows the instructor to provide different sources of information to students, which can keep the class interesting. The site is available at http://videolectures.net/
Conrad, R., & Donaldson, J. A. (2011). Engaging the online learner: Activities and resources for creative instruction (Updated ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.