Online learning has grown at a rapid pace in the last decade (Allen & Seaman, 2005). The purpose of this paper is to present some of the most recent technologies associated with online coaching education in academic settings. The effectiveness of the online learning environment is controversial (USDOE, 2009; Jaggars & Bailey, 2010). Therefore, it is critical to examine strategies that can be used to ensure learning outcomes. A series of tips for online educators are offered. Multiple tools for educators, including blogs, wikis, Google Cloud, instant messaging and YouTube are discussed in relation to possible course assignments within a coaching education curriculum. The paper concludes with a few suggestions for educating large groups.
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Melissa Murray, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi and the Graduate Program Coordinator for the MS in Sport Coaching Education. She has 3 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, is a Level 1 ASA Softball Coach, and is a Certified Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.