Week 3 - Am I on course to solve my big questions about online teaching (& learning)?

Focus: Redesign tips & best practice

This week we move to begin implementing your course improvements and their functionality. Keep the conceptual themes in mind as they apply to your own 3 broad goals. Consider tools and design options in Blackboard and external.

Learning Objectives:

Course Participants will:

  1. Begin active exploration of tools and approaches related to previously identified goals.
  2. Demonstrate initial attempts to build and integrate the new approaches and/or tools into your course.

Resources/Materials/Conversation Starters

Read:

  1. VanMouwerik, H. (2015). Fostering an active online discussion. Gradhacker, Retrieved from: https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/f...
  2. (2012). 7 Strategies to make your online teaching better. Gradhacker, Retrieved from: https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/7-strategies...

Browse:

  1. Link to the Online Teaching Strategies library from EDUCAUSE: http://www.educause.edu/library/online-teaching-s...
  2. MERLOT Repository (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching): http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm
  3. Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository from the University of Central Florida: https://topr.online.ucf.edu/index.php/Main_Page

Tasks/Deliverables

  1. Comment below with at least 1 nugget, noticing, or point of personal relevance for you from the materials provided.
  2. Participate in the VoiceThread conversation on Blackboard (look in the Week 3 folder to access)

Comment Stream

a year ago
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I like the ideas for creating more active online discussions. I have had some of the same issues with discussion boards. They can be very effective sometimes but that has usually depended on it being a topic that the students were truly motivated for.

a year ago
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I have had issues using the Bb discussion boards. They are very static, and I have had much better luck/participation within a fb group that is created only for class discussion. My main nugget from this module is that communication is very important. Some students do "fret" the moment that they sign-up and feedback is very crucial. (My online students really like my midterm phone call where I provide feedback.)

a year ago
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I really like the idea of a weekly Google Hangout, but have had issues with students not showing up at all in the past and being tethered to my computer for two hours, waiting for a "call." I think I may reinstitute a well-advertised, bi-weekly, one hour event for students to "call in" and ask questions through Office 365 or aoter simple tool we all have access to through Upstate.

a year ago
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I also have a question - what do you think of using Remind 101 with college students? Many of my friends who are high school teachers use it with their students and love it, but I worry that we also need, at some level, to help students become self-directed regarding time management while in college. It was mentioned in one of our readings this week (loved that reading, by the way!) and it led me to thinking about whether I should start implementing it in my courses.

a year ago
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PPS - Merlot II and TOPR - awesome! I have at least three new ideas I can immediately implement from TOPR 2015 submissions.

a year ago
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I think the seven strategies are a great checklist to use mid-semester to ensure your are meeting your goals.