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Engaging Students in Online Courses: Adding Experiential to Asynchrony

Engaging Students in Online Courses: Adding Experiential to Asynchrony | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
In this article, I share a few ideas—starting with the simplest and working through some more complicated endeavors—that may assist you in bringing more engagement to your online classroom.
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Clever ideas to improve engagement in your online course. Use them! 

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shazia.wj's curator insight, August 15, 1:23 AM
Tips to bring more engagement  in online teaching. 
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My Students Don’t Like Group Work

My Students Don’t Like Group Work | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Students don’t always like working in groups. Ann Taylor, an associate professor of chemistry at Wabash College, had a class that was particularly vocal in their opposition. She asked for their top 10 reasons why students don’t want to work in groups and they offered this list (which I’ve edited slightly)
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When group work is successful you feel great. When it crashes you feel bad. These tips will help you design online group experiences that succeed. 

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Juanita Amiel Garcia's curator insight, July 12, 11:59 PM

When group work is successful you feel great. When it crashes you feel bad. These tips will help you design online group experiences that succeed. 

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 13, 1:36 PM
I found group activities had to be preceded by teaching and that feedback from the teacher was essential throughout. I applied my hockey coaching. If it was only one or two students, I would give one-on-one. If it was a large number of students, I would stop the class and revisit concepts. What did they understand? That was a central question. I asked what they understood. Quite often, students were unable to tell me what they did not know.
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Synchronous Online Classes: 10 Tips for Engaging Students

Synchronous Online Classes: 10 Tips for Engaging Students | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
So how do you teach in this odd virtual space? How do you keep participants from descending into that peculiar passivity characteristic of conference calls? And how do you help students fight the constant temptation of momentarily clicking away from class? While virtual classes are not without challenges, there are, in fact, concrete steps you can take to run class sessions that are energetic, interactive, and productive.
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10 tips to make your real time online meetings soar.

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These are some high quality suggestions that can be simply and easily incorporated into your synchronous online class. Having done numerous webinar trainings, a couple of things I would add is 
1) the 60 minutes (or whatever your timeline) will seem to go by very fast once you get feedback from your students; 
2) after you ask a question, it's okay to say something like, "take a minute to think about that" then wait! 

You might only wait for 15 or 30 seconds but the silence is golden! I don't recommend you insert these pauses too often, but once in awhile gives students an opportunity to actually reflect on the question and form a coherent response...don't rush it.
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Hello from the Other Side! A Student Perspective of Online Learning

Hello from the Other Side! A Student Perspective of Online Learning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
I recently enrolled in an online doctoral program and now find myself in the role of an online student and not just an online instructor. I have learned so much from being on the “other side of the screen.” Here are five essential things to consider as you build successful online learning opportunities for your students.
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This anecdotal survey of what students what from their online teachers makes simple sense.  

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TOPkit - Teaching Online Preparation Toolkit

TOPkit - Teaching Online Preparation Toolkit | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The Teaching Online Preparation Toolkit (TOPkit) website is a comprehensive resource that provides the postsecondary community with the essential elements required to ensure a very high quality online faculty development program, including a sample course that may be imported into any learning management system and then customized. The links below walk you through a three-step process for planning, developing, and evaluating your program along with supporting resources.
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There is a lot of combined wisdom coming out of Florida. Indeed Florida educators have been pioneers in this field. The TopKit site provides quality resources and an active community of practice. 

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, February 24, 5:08 PM

TOPkit definitely has tons of resources to help you set up your online/blended faculty training 

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Extending the Shelf-Life of Your Instructional Videos: Six Common Pitfalls to Avoid

Extending the Shelf-Life of Your Instructional Videos: Six Common Pitfalls to Avoid | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Marie Norman, PhD  "...there are a number of small mistakes that can shorten the shelf-life of video unnecessarily, limit its reusability, and compel you to re-record sooner than you’d like. I know because I’ve made virtually all these mistakes myself!

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Creating 'Evergreen Video' is the idea. Marier Norman offers find advice that will extend the life of our video presentations.  Time Saver! Don't miss it!

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, January 18, 10:28 AM
Great suggestions!
 
Daniel Collins's curator insight, March 2, 6:10 PM
Extending the shelf-life of your videos is a really important idea - especially when you're putting a lot of effort into their creation!
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Dial up the Dynamics: Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible

Dial up the Dynamics: Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Developing critical listening and speaking skills is an essential element of a student's higher-education experience. However, verbally presenting one's ideas and listening to contributions made by student peers are not typical experiences for online students, as most activities in online classes consist of reading and writing. As online course offerings increase, institutions have an obligation to ensure faculty are empowered to teach with tools that enable students to learn out loud. These tools and the content created with them must be accessible to all learners, including those who are hard of hearing and have vision impairments.
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Online teachers who use audio and video to connect with their students get better results. Asking your students to use audio and video tools to express their understanding dials up the dynamics of online teaching. Don't let accessibility concerns stop you! Go for it.

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Faculty Focus: New Podcast Series: Preparing Your Online Course

Faculty Focus: New Podcast Series: Preparing Your Online Course | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Today marks the first episode of the Professional Adjunct Podcast here on Faculty Focus. The podcast is produced and hosted by Jim and Beth Harger. They will have a new podcast for you every Friday.

Welcome to the Professional Adjunct podcast. On this episode, we take a look at an article by Rob Kelly, “Six Tips for Preparing Your Online Course,” published by Faculty Focus on January 16th, 2015. In this discussion, we apply these tips to a course prep checklist.
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Here's the debut podcast from Faculty Focus.  This podcast comes with useful checklists you can download. Now is the time to get organized!

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Checklist for Online Instructors - Before the course begins...

Checklist for Online Instructors - Before the course begins... | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

This checklist represents the combined wisdom of many online professionals. The Online Professional Development program at UW-Stout uses this checklist to help orient all new online instructors. 

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"Approximately 70 percent of an instructors total effort for he entire course takes place during the precourse-through-first-week window, this is known as the 70/30 rule. Preparation and communication are the keys to success in all types of education but most especially in online education."

 

~ Making the Move to eLearning Putting Your Course Online Kay Lehmann; Lisa Chamberlin 

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Three Focusing Activities to Engage Students in the First 5 Minutes of Class

Three Focusing Activities to Engage Students in the First 5 Minutes of Class | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
When I teach workshops about designing the flipped classroom, I always encourage faculty to think carefully about the first five minutes of class. In my lesson plan template, one of the first tasks we discuss when planning in-class time is to prepare what I call a “focusing activity.”
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A routine of instant focus helps maximise every minute you have with your students. When they are with you in class Carpe Diem!

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Online Adjunct Job Tips:  Advice from Online Professors

Online Adjunct Job Tips:  Advice from Online Professors | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
what are your best tips related to getting an online adjunct job, specifically?
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Here's a list of hard won tips about applying for online jobs from the Baab Group. Everyone of these insights will help you reach your goal of teaching online.

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juandoming's curator insight, March 31, 2016 2:23 PM

Here's a list of hard won tips about applying for online jobs from the Baab Group. Everyone of these insights will help you reach your goal of teaching online.

Fernando de la Cruz Naranjo Grisales's curator insight, April 2, 2016 7:38 AM

Here's a list of hard won tips about applying for online jobs from the Baab Group. Everyone of these insights will help you reach your goal of teaching online.

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Donald Clark Plan B: 10 ways online learning can make you a BETTER teacher

Donald Clark Plan B: 10 ways online learning can make you a BETTER teacher | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Time and time again, when dealing with teachers and academics, who have been seriously involved in online learning, I have found that they gained enormously from the experience. They become better teachers.
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Don Clark says it well.  Online teaching can help you become a better teacher.  This nicely detailed article will tell you how that happens.


 I've been teaching and learning online for 21 years and I'm still learning something new everyday.

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Faculty Focus: Top 15 Teaching and Learning Articles of 2015

Faculty Focus: Top 15 Teaching and Learning Articles of 2015 | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
From assignment strategies to cell phone policies, take a look at some of the most popular teaching and learning articles of the past year.
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I love those end of the year round up articles!  This is a good one.

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Gilbert C FAURE's curator insight, December 19, 2015 2:58 AM

1. More Evidence That Active Learning Trumps Lecturing 
Study after study have reported findings that favor active learning over lecture. And yet, we all know faculty who lecture almost exclusively.

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, December 20, 2015 12:37 PM

Interesantes artículos sobre enseñanza y aprendizaje de este año que se nos va y que podemos revisar en estas fiestas.

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Megan Von Bergen: Using Screencasts for Formative and Summative Assessment

Megan Von Bergen: Using Screencasts for Formative and Summative Assessment | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
As a new teacher, one of the resources I found most helpful in shaping my grading practices was Grant Wiggins’s advice on feedback and assessment. Meaningful feedback, he suggests, is much more than assigning a grade or even offering recommendations for improvement. Rather, meaningful feedback is descriptive, “play[ing] back” the student’s performance and connecting it to the learning outcomes of the course.
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Here is an article from one of UW-Stout's graduate students from the E-Learning and Online Teaching Program. Megan, all your instructors are proud of your accomplishments! 

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Maryalice Leister's curator insight, August 2, 9:20 AM
Excellent ideas on the power, promise, and process for assessments and feedback. 
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Best Practices for Online Discussion: 16 Quality, Timing, and Value Added Response Tips

Best Practices for Online Discussion: 16 Quality, Timing, and Value Added Response Tips | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Expertly facilitated online discussion is the driving force for community in e-learning classes. Creating norms for discussion quality and timing improve the dialog. This also helps the facilitator step back as students learn to deepen their online dialog.
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Special thanks to Kathy Hayden of Cal-State San Marcos for the many of the ideas behind 'Value Added' response techniques.  It's always useful to mix up the types of responses you offer to your students (and peers)  in an online discussion. 

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5 ways to adjust your teaching for online education

5 ways to adjust your teaching for online education | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Teaching online requires rethinking your teaching methods to achieve your instructional objectives in a new environment. The technology involved in teaching online will also present you with new options, as well as new limitations.
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Fundamental principles for all online teachers.  Anything new here or you? 

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Minna Kilpeläinen's curator insight, April 12, 2:53 AM
Basic rules to remember.
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Creating Authentic and Explanatory Videos - Teaching in Higher Ed

Creating Authentic and Explanatory Videos - Teaching in Higher Ed | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Creating Authentic and Explanatory Videos
By Bonni Stachowiak February 20, 2017 L

In this past week's episode with Steven Michels, we both spoke about the importance of allowing for more authenticity in videos we create for class. I shared about the time I sneezed during one of my pencasts and how funny the students found it.

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Explanatory video is a powerful tool for online teaching. Learn more about it. 

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Gemma Ballarín's curator insight, February 27, 3:25 AM
21st century teaching
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more tools
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School Isn't The Movies: How To Unlecture Video Instruction

School Isn't The Movies: How To Unlecture Video Instruction | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Videos can be a great way to deliver content learning to students. But how do you leverage video instruction to maximize learning? After all, school isn't the movies.
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The author makes a great point: encouraging students to take notes while watching a video is pushing them toward inefficient multi-tasking.  Better to build in a pause with a thought provoking question!

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7 Features Of The Ideal Online Course To Prevent Drop Outs

7 Features Of The Ideal Online Course To Prevent Drop Outs | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Want to know how to Prevent Drop Outs? Check 7 crucial features of the ideal online course to Prevent Drop Outs of online learners.
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The best way to retain students is to immediately establish a safe learning community with a robust and enjoyable icebreaker. All of our students learn this by example!
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Sandy Loucks's curator insight, January 8, 10:53 AM
Besides the excellent tips provided here, this article also offers researched support for educators earning an online teaching certificate and for administrators hiring educators who have that online teaching certificate.  
Daniel Collins's curator insight, January 9, 8:06 PM
Some great ways to stop students dropping out of your online course.
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Flipping Large Classes: Three Strategies to Engage Students

Flipping Large Classes: Three Strategies to Engage Students | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
As we continue our ongoing series focused on the flipped classroom in higher education, it’s time to tackle another frequently asked question: “How can I flip a large class?”
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These strategies work in a large lecture hall or in a traditional small classroom. Take a look!

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Online learning for beginners: 1. What is online learning? | Tony Bates

Online learning for beginners: 1. What is online learning? | Tony Bates | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Every day, someone new either thinks about doing an online course, or is pressured into doing one. You may have quite a lot of prior knowledge about online learning (or think you do), or may have no knowledge at all. The most important thing to know though is that you probably don’t know enough about online learning, especially if you are just starting out (which defines you as wise, according to Socrates).
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Tony Bates understands the long view of what seems like 'new' technology to many.  Allow him to introduce you to online learning!

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Carmen Ramos's curator insight, August 2, 2016 12:04 PM
Grundlegende Infos für Dozenten, die E-Learning-Angebote konzipieren wollen.
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Colin Christensen: Effective Online Teaching: Obstacles And Practices - eLearning Industry

Colin Christensen: Effective Online Teaching: Obstacles And Practices - eLearning Industry | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
If you are reading this article, you’re most likely a traditional face-to-face educator that seeks advice on how to shift from traditional tearning to eLearning. You won’t be surprised to hear that online teaching and learning is quickly taking over, and that you really need to adapt if you want to transition to this new(ish) trend.
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Coline Christensen's overview of effective online teaching practices is solid advice for novice and veteran online teachers.

 

(It was a nice surprise to see his recommendation for our E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate certificate as well!)

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Academic Digital Etiquette: Interacting in online spaces

Academic Digital Etiquette: Interacting in online spaces | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Celia's reflections:

 

"I have had many discussions with students about the protocols on interacting in online spaces in an academic or professional manner. Whether they be commenting on a blog or giving feedback in comments on a Google document or interacting in Edmodo or Google Classroom, students need to be modelled the ‘professional’ way to behave. Commenting within an academic context is in fact providing feedback and as such quite a complicated skill for a young student."

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This thoughtful blog on "academic digital etiquette" offers excellent advice for students learning to work in academic discussion environments.

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Marla Bucy's curator insight, April 22, 2016 2:26 PM
This is the kind of information that I think students who must peer review each other's writing would find helpful: This blog entry provides useful adjectives without an overwhelming amount of instruction.
Aleta Chowfin's curator insight, May 4, 2016 4:49 AM
Great article !
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Online Discussion Boards: Strategies to Ease Instructor Burden and Promote Student Learning - OLC

Online Discussion Boards: Strategies to Ease Instructor Burden and Promote Student Learning - OLC | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Because of mandated institutional engagement expectations, the discussion boards may take up the bulk of an online instructor’s time. To help alleviate discussion board burn-out, here are some strategies that can be used to promote student learning while reducing instructor workload:
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These "tricks of the trade" will help any online instructor manage their time while improving student learning.

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Daniel Jäggli's curator insight, March 30, 2016 4:49 AM

These "tricks of the trade" will help any online instructor manage their time while improving student learning.

NancyEvans@ATS-LU's curator insight, March 30, 2016 9:40 AM

These "tricks of the trade" will help any online instructor manage their time while improving student learning.

Claire Brooks's curator insight, March 30, 2016 6:28 PM

These "tricks of the trade" will help any online instructor manage their time while improving student learning.

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26 Effective Ways to use Twitter for Teachers & Educators - Fedena Blog

26 Effective Ways to use Twitter for Teachers & Educators - Fedena Blog | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
To reduce the efforts of teachers in learning a new form of communication, we give you some of the most effective ways of using the most modern form of communication, Twitter.
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Here's an infographic that's a kick in the instructional imagination. 

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Jim McLure's curator insight, January 18, 2016 11:44 AM

Twitter, used correctly, can be a great learning tool as well as an opportunity to build an unbelievable professional network! 

Wendy Zaruba-Lundene's curator insight, January 21, 2016 4:16 PM

Great info for teachers ~ check it out.

University of Wisconsin Stout: Interested in online teaching and learning?

Information about our Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning.