There are three main types of interaction that can occur in a distance learning course.
- Learner-to-Content Interaction - students examining the course content and participating in class activities.
- Learner-to-Learner Interaction - can take place between two students or between several students.
- Learner-to-Instructor Interaction - reinforce student understanding of course materials and provide the student with feedback.
Do you need ideas for interaction? The following resources may spark some ideas for adding interactive activities to your course.Examples of Interaction with instructor, peers, content http://e3learning.edc.polyu.edu.hk/examples.htm
Online Teaching Activity Index
Interactive Activities Activity Samplers http://www.towson.edu/facultyonline/ISD/interactiveactivites.asp
Collaboration and Groups
TWU Tips - Socratic Questioning Techniques to Prompt Interaction on the Discussion Board
Using Planned Interactions
Muirhead, Brent 2001: Practical Strategies for Teaching Computer-Mediated Classes, in: Educational Technology & Society 4(2) 2001.