Active Learning in the Online Classroom: Examples and Ideas
MARCH 2, 2015
Someone recently told me that they heard of an approach where all the boring content delivery lecture material is put online so that more active learning can take place in the classroom. They then asked me if this was the best approach for online learning? What they were describing is blended learning or the “flipped” classroom approach. Do you have something to add? If so, leave a comment below.
7 Strategies for Building Community in Online Courses
SEPTEMBER 27, 2013
Provide two non-graded asynchronous discussion forum in the course. Provide each group with its own private discussion forum. Provide some guidelines on effective virtual team-work. Provide netiquette and guidelines on how best to participate in the graded discussion forum, if applicable. 6. You can combat this attrition by building community in your course.
Engage! Top 6 Best Practices that Foster Learner Engagement with Online Instructional Video
MARCH 19, 2014
For lectures-style, focus more on the providing a good first-watch experience from beginning to end. I''ve been watching Philip Guo at the University of Rochester closely since I stumbled across his great research on instructional video usage in MOOCs. love this paper and you should take the time to read it in detail because it contains more than 6 recommendations.
Help your students before they are your students: Math Diagnostic Quiz
JUNE 10, 2014
You know - put the best students together to accelerate their learning and assemble the weakest students together to provide them the help they need to catch up. The online product can go one step further and provide 10 different short tutorials that align directly with the Top 10 Competencies. Then to squarely align the mathematics diagnostic quiz on these Top 10 Competencies.
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
but might be a little vague in providing concrete actions, so you’ll need to dig a bit deeper. Providing OTS courseware in these situations has several advantages. OTS curriculum, it’s fairly easy to provide training to individuals or groups whenever you. While the mainstream social media platforms can provide opportunities for. Seven Simple Secrets to. capital. You’re.
Three ‘MUST HAVE” best practices in teaching online courses
JULY 19, 2011
However, summarized briefly are the four major perceived instructor actions that were responsible for course success: Providing feedback that helped students understand their strengths and weaknesses. The distance instructor must be highly skilled in providing timely and detailed feedback. will not be compiling the large golden list of best practices in online teaching. It’s a must.
One of the secret ingredients in online courses: TAs!
APRIL 25, 2014
One of the secret ingredients that I will design into the mix is specialized TA roles so I am trying to develop a useful models for segmenting the TA cadre into different roles to provide a range of learner supports that complements the role of the senior instructor. I’ve just spent the morning thinking about Teaching Assistant (TA) roles for a large online course that I am designing and I thought I would take a moment to share. It''s a second year university course and I have a vision to dseign it such that it can be effective with large enrollment numbers between 200 and 1000 learners.
Don’t police plagiarism! Instead design assignments that cannot be plagiarized.
JULY 22, 2011
What intrigues me about it is the last paragraph that provides some options on a different approach: designing assignments that cannot be plagiarized. The fact that the student term paper will be shared with people outside the classroom may provide additional disincentive to plagiarize. Who says Facebook is a useless waste of time? It is probably because the risk is greater. Bonus!
Dear Professors: Please think like a Student sometimes. Thanks!
FEBRUARY 6, 2013
In the case where a large number HTML pages are unavoidable, can professors please try to provide a print-friendly PDF version as well? I’ve seen many courses that have a large number of files to download, but one course added insult to injury. We are changing Learning Management Systems (LMS) at my school. You must envy me right? smile*). feel that professors often (inadvertently?)
Key Trends, Challenges, and Developments in EdTech - 15 years into this century
FEBRUARY 17, 2015
The Report is a very valuable read because it not only provides a summary of each issue but also provides further reading resources for each. 1999 seems so far away. remember we were so scared about the Y2K problem and how it might impact our educational systems. Those 1999 problems are long gone. There are new challenges now. These focused resources get you information fast.
Consistency vs Variety in Online Assessments: is the balance important?
DECEMBER 19, 2012
Over time I have learned that the best way to engage students is to provide them two things: 1) a balanced yet consistent level of predictability and variability in the coursework, 2) a balanced level of student-to-student and student-to-instructor interaction. I’ve dealt with the interaction piece before ( here or here ). Assignment 2: Due Sunday of Week 6. Online discussion: weekly.
The magic bullet? Reducing costs with online courses in Canada
FEBRUARY 26, 2014
Lastly, I believe online courses can increase a revenue stream by providing access to learners that might otherwise not be able to come to your school. There’s no magic bullet. Stop looking for one. Being an online course is not a magic bullet to cost reduction. In Canada, several reports have been issued in the last decade which examine this subject. Read it in detail here.
Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI
event are important and the happy sheets do serve a purpose, but will they really provide enough hard. Whether making the decision to invest in people, or to simply maintain or decrease training budgets, training programs that provide immediate impact and maximum overall return on investment are an. Evaluating Training – Capturing the Benefits Aspect of ROI. But because. incurred.
Student-to-student interaction in small distance courses
JULY 5, 2011
Provide them structure/guidance on what the feedback should be like and then have them submit their feedback to both the student and to you. The key to conducting this type of activity is providing supports to help students accomplish this task at a distance. However, I feel differently. To have a community student-to-student interaction is required. There are other ideas too.
Educate the Mobile Generation: Convert WORD documents to ePub and MOBI
AUGUST 5, 2011
My answer was ‘sort-of’. I was providing nice printer-friendly PDF files as one format and PDF does work on most mobile devices but it’s not optimized for mobile delivery. You’ve seen the headlines and heard the buzz as much as I have: smartphones are taking over the planet, e-books are selling like hotcakes, and, tablets like the iPad are cannibalizing laptop and desktop computer sales.
Should I buy books about technology in education? Answer: NO!
JANUARY 10, 2011
So the permutations provided by combining the three points above together contribute to why a good comprehensive book on the subject is difficult to find. The goal of the PLN is to provide you with a support system of like-minded people asking like-minded questions and together you can act as a large professional development resource for each other. Do you just give up?
Top Four HOT Concepts in Distance Learning
JANUARY 11, 2012
They are using these gadgets daily for numerous activities and the mobility affordances provided by these items is very attractive to users. With just a little more effort on your part ( more info here ), you can provide students with choices in the file formats for their course materials. Distance Learning itself. So called ‘anytime, anywhere’ learning. Mobile learning. eTextbooks.
Sneak Peek: Best Practices in Online Course Design for Higher Education
SEPTEMBER 9, 2013
Have a unique image (with Course Code and Course Title) on the main page of the course website that provides differentiation from other courses in the same Faculty. Provide learners with an effective orientation to the course including an instructor introduction. Provide the learner with links to: technical support, library, writing center, academic policies, etc. Section 2.
New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends
technology providers. other areas in which organizations give learning technology providers failing grades. 11 Research Summary About Brandon Hall Group Brandon Hall Group is a HCM research and advisory services firm that provides insights around key performance areas, including Learning and. Your membership provides you with personal connections to fellow professionals.
Psychology of peer evaluation for group work effort online
AUGUST 30, 2013
Wouldn’t that title be a good title for a research paper? Note to self.) If you are designing or teaching a strictly online distance course, no doubt you have thought about group work. personally like some amount of group work especially in the more senior courses. But how do you combat the age-old aspect of social loafing that can affect group work activities? You’ve seen it before. tomooc.
Technology in the Classroom – Hindrance or Help?
MAY 10, 2010
This guest post is contributed by Shannon Wills, she writes on the topic of Internet Providers. I know the title of this post may seem inappropriate considering the times we live in. Our world would come to a standstill without technology, so why are we even asking the question if it would be more of hindrance than help in a classroom? The fact is that technology is good when used in the right way, but when you don’t know how to use it or if you use it for the wrong purposes, then it is more a destructive weapon than a constructive tool.
Controversy: Letting students run their own school within a school!
SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
remember my dad saying to me one day when reviewing my report card "I will ignore the numbers I see in this column (attendance) provided you continue to achieve numbers like the ones in this column (marks)". Have you heard of the Independent Project? It’s controversial. He has allowed me to share it with you here: “This is very cool. My parents were also quite supportive of this approach.
SchoolTube: Learning Without the Risk of Explicit Content
SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
Here's one example below that provides a fun and useful introduction to the Periodic Table of Elements. There's a dilemma in the K-12 Educational Realm: to block YouTube or not to block YouTube. Parents have the same dilemma at home too. There's a lot of explicit and suggestive videos on YouTube that most teachers/parents wouldn't allow children to be exposed to. The opposite is true as well: there's a lot of fantastic content on YouTube that can help kids in the learning journey. Each school and family makes up their own rules on how to navigate this problem. It's called SchoolTube.
Microlearning Whitepaper: Small Bites, Big Impact
been providing lukewarm results for years. techniques and solutions that provide more impactful methods for improving employee. But microlearning offers far more than that: • It adapts to the pace of today’s business and meets the needs of your modern learners, providing learning in short bites that are fast and easy to absorb. Aside from providing access over the.
Don't Blink Eh?: Copyright Law is Changing in Canada - What It Means to Educators
JUNE 19, 2012
will be sure to amend this blog post with the resources you provide. Bill C-11 passed a House of Commons Vote this week and readings in the Canadian Senate have already begun. Here's the full text of the bill in full-fledged legalese). So the writing on the wall is that Canadian Copyright Law is about to change. There are a lot of little goodies in the law that may help the average person.
Video is KING in distance education
MARCH 5, 2012
This semester I am teaching a second year chemistry course via distance and I have some students in the class that have asked me if I could provide links to some useful videos on specific topics. With the field of Distance Education exploding due to the maturation of the Internet, it’s no wonder more good quality free academic content is finding its way on the web.
Do you answer email? Student academic question in online courses
NOVEMBER 9, 2014
I often get new online instructors who tell me that the amount of email questions they had to answer during the semester was debilitatingly high. Some get discouraged by this mountain of email and they often say teaching an online course takes more time that teaching a face-to-face course. Well, don''t despair. If students send you academic questions via email then you have an opportunity!
Cheating in Online Courses
APRIL 28, 2010
A recent study in the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration (Spring 2010) by George Watson and James Sottile at Marshall University in West Virginia, provides some interesting insight into cheating at the post secondary level. So why do online courses have a bad reputation for cheating when the actual data on cheating does not support this? What do you think about this issue?
Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program
would love to provide, we need a change. We must go beyond providing great content. to instead take responsibility for providing. Totara, an open source LMS), provides structure. Our platform provides. well beyond providing content to include. provide the manager with talking points. We provide practice guides to help Sue. We now. Right?
Are you a Tech-Savvy Teacher?
JANUARY 22, 2010
If you answered 'yes' then this link I am providing below was meant for you. Have you ever been asked if you are a tech-savvy teacher? Probably not. Have you ever wondered to yourself if you are a tech-savvy teacher? After looking it over, I must say it is a pretty good list. consider myself a Tech-Savvy Teacher and I have used some of the applications on this list. YOU* can fix Wikipedia.
Live classroom polling without clickers?
DECEMBER 5, 2008
then they can still vote by going to a specific link the instructor provides. Almost everybody these days has a cellphone - especially students! So a company called Poll Everywhere has decided to deploy an Audience Response System (aka, clickers) by using text messaging on a cellphone instead of a wireless clicker transmitter. colleague of mine (thanks Katia!) first let me know about this company by a comment she left on one of my blog posts. Today I spent some time trying it out and my initial assessment is that this is GREAT! It really works. It's fast. It's easy for instructors.
eLearning – do we know what the heck we are doing? Are we in a rut?
JANUARY 19, 2011
Many provide the all too familiar complaints such as “ it’s too hard ”, “ I hate group work ”, etc. Trent Batson, executive director of The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning , has just published a thought provoking article in Campus Technology (dated 19 Jan 2011). As a practitioner in the field of eLearning I read Trent’s article with great interest.
Distance instructors need to be more Responsive!!!
NOVEMBER 3, 2010
Shown below are four key quotations from distance online students which provide insights into their expectations on the subject of instructor responsiveness: " If you have to wait WEEKS to get a response from a professor, it can be highly frustrating. Have you ever wondered about what instructor behaviours were considered valuable by post-secondary students? think these are good questions.
5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget
Knowledge Retention Time Since Training 1 Hour 100% 30% 50% 10% 24 Hours 1 Week 10 Solution: Provide shorter training material with continual. WHITE PAPER 5 Unknown Ways. You’re Wasting Your. individual employees according to Bersin by Deloitte. When it comes to training budgets, leaders. struggle to pinpoint what impact (if any) their training programs are having. So what’s the result?
Conversation starters with your students online?
SEPTEMBER 10, 2010
Are you an online teacher in a sociology or psychology class? Do you sometimes scour the web for multimedia tidbits that you can use with your students to start a discussion? think many teachers online are searching for those lovely tidbits that are inspirational, interesting and moving so as to spark learning and ultimately to fuel communication and discussion between students online. Enjoy.
Online Social Networks Will Never Die!
JULY 12, 2010
Research is being undertaken right now to build more sophisticated online social networking concepts that mimic more closely non-online social networking phenomena while still providing the efficiency and effectiveness that we have come to expect of the Internet cloud. Have you ever sat down and given some thought about using an online social network in your teaching? That’s a good thing.
The power of Voice in online classrooms
MAY 31, 2010
It gets much closer to that providing that intangible feeling of face-to-face discussion while being completely asynchronous. Consider this scenario. You are an art history teacher and you are assigned with teaching a distance course. You want to translate this teaching method to the distance realm. would be difficult for scheduling reasons. Does this sound like a daunting scenario?
Free PD - Focus on your Foundation
DECEMBER 15, 2009
Special thanks go to the staff at the Centre for teaching and learning at Queen’s University for providing this open access material to the world. As an instructional designer I routinely receive questions around common themes: course design, teamwork vs individual work, assessments, rubrics, best practices in conducting discussion groups, team-based learning, etc. Awesome.
How the right tech tools for your team can power your sales enablement strategy
providing an opportunity to practice the skills required. here is to ensure your training program provides individual attention and im- mediate feedback for trainees. INSTANT ACCESS TO CONTENT IN THE FIELD Provide learning content in both push and pull modalities to accommodate a. Always look for a LMS that provides an off-the-shelf integration with your CRM. ENABLEMENT?
Technology Training Videos for Teachers
AUGUST 12, 2009
Let’s face it, whether you are a teacher, instructional designer, teaching assistant or multimedia developer, the shear amount of new tools being released on the Internet makes it difficult to stay up to date with what’s new and what can apply best to your specific discipline. He runs a great site called teachertrainingvideos.com.
Mobile Technology: Bigger than the Internet and the PC combined
JULY 24, 2009
The immediacy of information provided by mobile devices may accelerate learning because the notion that formal learning can only be done in schools will erode fully. Mobile technology is going to change your life and the change has not really begun yet. That's the take home message from Elliot Soloway (Professor, Univ. of Michigan) and Cathie Norris (Professor, North Texas Univ.).
Do wikis work for any topic? How about math?
MARCH 25, 2009
Sabah Karam from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, recently wrote to me asking: “I have been doing research on how wikis can be used to teach students how to do mathematical proofs…. would like to know if you have any thoughts on if you think we this is a realistic effort and, so, how we can achieve this goal.” Great question! personally believe that a wiki can succeed on any topic.
Text messaging in your teaching
MARCH 24, 2009
To do this create a distribution list for the students in your class using their cellphone numbers and providers. To enter the phone to text address in your email client consult the service provider's website. Note: Please welcome this guest post by Scott Morrison – Instructional Designer at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. They use them frequently and well.
Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy
The purpose of this guide is to provide you with the information and tools you need to. Provide a step-by-step work-plan to show you how to integrate gamification into. Game-based learning is often used as a one- time event to provide insights and instruction in a formal learning setting, either online or. Most games provide. Introduction.3 What is Gamification? system.
Web 2.0 can knock your socks off!
MARCH 18, 2009
Using the photos you provide, it will make a 30 second professional looking slideshow (with fancy transitions) and a soundtrack. I participated in a great online talk yesterday by James Falkofske, Director of Online Learning, St. Cloud Technical College ( here's a link to James' blog ). His talk was titled: Easy Steps for Expanding Desire2Learn with Web 2.0 Tools. tools: Go2Web20.net. Slick!
Chemistry Labs at a Distance: the Kitchen takes Centre Stage!
FEBRUARY 9, 2009
This kit can provide stand-alone equipment for students to perform experiments at home. Sometimes, an excel sheet is provided for students to type their data directly into.) Do you have any experience in offering science labs at a distance? Over the last decade, more and more schools have offered a larger proportion of their curriculum in a distance delivery format. Hee hee!).