Appreciative Inquiry for Online Learning: Take the Distance Out of Distance Learning

There are various names used to describe learning through a technologically enabled means and includes online learning, e-learning, and distance learning. The phrase distance learning describes the challenge for educators; teaching students who cannot be seen or heard.

This was the challenge I decided to tackle with my doctoral studies and during the residency I found what I believe could be an answer – appreciative inquiry. Now you can learn about this exciting research and purchase your own copy of Dr. J's book.

Appreciative Inquiry and Education?

As I studied Appreciative Inquiry I learned about its history and use as an organizational development tool to improve the performance, motivation, and engagement of employees. There is a 4D process used for its implementation and it includes discover, dream, design, and destiny. At the heart of this process is a strengths-based approach that builds from positive aspects, rather than a deficit approach that is typically used with performance evaluations. Appreciative Inquiry uses the same constructive perspective as positive psychology.

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