Program handouts for the Educational Technology Journals workshop shared by the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center at Northern Illinois University (List of Educational Technology Journals.
Which online instructor characteristics help students succeed? Findings and comments from participants of a study at Anne Arundel Community College led to the conclusion that the two primary characteristics that the students found important in their online courses were communication/availability and feedback. Further work in the same study suggests that meeting online students’ needs significantly impacts student success and that students expect a quick response from instructors.
It is my full intention to assist you in coming up with your own definition of the “Flipped Classroom”. As you go through the resources below… click on the links and immerse yourself. I have tried to find resources that really say it in a way that we can all understand. You may just begin to Flip your idea of Flipping!
This presentation about the deep learning that results from the ePortfolio process. In addition, the author discusses four powerful tools that are free and available online to build the ePortfolio. The online tools for design include: Windows Movie Maker, Windows Photo Story, Blogs, and Wikis.
Stories are what kept us around the first campfires and made us paint on cave walls. They entertain us. Stimulate us. Educate us. Give us a sense of connection. The social element of stories allows learners to see things from new perspectives. Storytelling has been long-recognized as a powerful learning tool.
Students’ participation in online discussions is central in online learning courses as it contributes to a participative and meaningful instruction where learners build their knowledge in a constructive way with instructors, colleagues, informal sources and by reflecting upon the process.
Debbie Morrison is posting a triplet series on how to create effective discussions in an online learning environment. In part I she presents components which make online discussions effective, namely:
1. A solid course design
2. Guidelines and expectations for students
3. Well constructed topics/questions
4. The existence of a skilled facilitator or moderator
5. An assessment component
Wang Y. & Victor Der-Thang Chen (2008). Essential Elements in Designing Online Discussions to Promote Cognitive Presence, Journal of Asynchronous Communication. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 3-4 (12).
Wade, D. A., Bentley, J. P. H., & Waters, S. H. (2006). Twenty guidelines for successful threaded discussions: A learning environment approach. Distance Learning, 3(3), 1-8.
The Future Forecast, The World of Learning and Futures Thinking describe the way KnowledgeWorks approaches educational reform."Futures Thinking---
"Forecast 3.0, Recombinant Education: Regenerating the Learning Ecosystem, highlights five disruptions that will reshape learning over the next decade. New education innovations, organizations, resources, and relationships will proliferate, giving us all the opportunity to put the pieces – some long-established and some new – together in new sequences to create a diverse and evolving learning ecosystem. Education recombination promises to bolster the learning ecosystem’s resilience by helping it withstand threats and make use of possibilities.
The choice is ours to make, and the future ours to shape. What will be the future of learning in your organization, community, or region?"
Abreena Tompkins, instruction specialist at Surry Community College, has developed a brain-based online course design model based on a meta-analysis of more than 300 articles. In this study, she distilled the following elements of brain-based course design:
Low-risk, nonthreatening learning environment Challenging, real-life, authentic assessments Rhythms, patterns, and cycles Appropriate chunking or grouping Learning as orchestration rather than lecture or facilitation Appropriate level of novelty Appropriately timed breaks and learning periods Purposeful assessments Learning that addresses visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners Active processing with mental models The use of universal examples, analogies, and parallel processing
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