Whether you’re looking to online education for personal reasons or to get ahead in your career, use these tips to help you get more out of open courses and use what you learn to market yourself, improve your performance, and stand out on the job.
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I spent 25 years teaching in small town classrooms before I went online. Now I teach all over the world and the commute to my office is just taking a few steps down the hallway to my home office.
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Open educational resources not only save students from triple-digit (or more!) textbook costs, but they also allow instructors to mix-and-match content for a more personalized, engaging learning experience. Here are 16 resources that offer a wide range of content and tools to help implement OER in just about any course.
OER = Open Educational Resources.... materials you can use in your classrooms or your online courses.
Rapidly approaching the dog days of summer (give or take a few days or weeks), I felt a need to share a power packed suitcase of tools that could be used to archive your summer highlights and memories. Many educators never really go on vacation. While they may appear to be leisurely sipping daiquiris on …
No reason to let your kiddos flatline over the summer. Sip that daiquiris, but toss an app or two on the campfire as well.
Using polling tools in the classroom is probably old hat by now. There are a ton of different tools available to teachers – many of them free- and they’re being put to use in a variety of different ways. From simply polling your class to get information and opinions to taking quizzes and having your …
Ok, 45 tools? With persistence you might find the ONE you want to use. Let's take a poll on which one we like? But first let's find one we like.
Africa is rising and needs, not the failed models of the developed world but new models that are more suited to the massive demand that already exists for education and training. This is not more universities but more vocational learning. The great opportunity here, is to use the great gifts of the internet, that are already there, for free.
We live in times of great opportunity. Open Educational Resources (OER) can transform the world. Here's a first person view of what's happening right now in Africa.
Open your mind to it!
With the recent announcement of Google Classroom, school districts and educators across the country that are currently integrating Google Apps for Education into their classrooms are awaiting the opportunity to gain access to Google’s workflow solution. While there are currently a number of workflow solutions and approaches within Google Drive that classroom teachers can take that range from manual organization and file / folder sharingto advanced automation with tools such as Doctopus, Google Classroom provides a viable option that strikes a balance – blending tight integration with Google Drive, an intuitive interface and advanced features that experienced Google Drive users are looking for.
Here's a strong introduction from Greg Kulowiec to the ins and outs of Google Classroom. This article includes a Vimeo based video tutorial. Get up to speed now, you'll need this info in the Fall!
ONLINE STUDENT SERVICES
Minimum requirements for the position include:
This listing provides a very detailed job description as well as specifics on pay. It's unusual to see a pay rate stated in this kind of general recruitment ad. The pay isn't particularly good, but it does give you a sense of how they pay down in Georgia!
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Coopersmith Career Consulting, an educational consulting services provider, is looking for one individual to develop or supervise the development of a battery of courses in information technology (that may include areas such as programming, software and/or app design, networking, ethical hacking, etc.). Responsibilities will include consulting on which courses to develop, choosing study materials, putting together audio/visual lessons, and writing exams, assignments and study materials, depending on the extent of your time availability. Services will be provided on an as needed basis and payment will be made by the task.
This is a remote position and can be done on your own time and at your own location, though a one time in person meeting is preferred if it can be conveniently arranged.
In a range of subject areas, including
***Available subject area(s) on our site may differ from list shown below. Openings are maintained daily to reflect our most current area(s) of need. Please feel free to re-inquire if there are no current openings that fit your area of expertise.
All faculty applicants must have a master's degree or higher, however prior teaching experience is not required. Our curriculum is centrally developed with input from industry leaders so you can focus on connecting with students. We'll train you and provide a faculty mentor to help you gain confidence in the classroom.
Online teaching aimed at nurses continues to be a big growth area.
The biggest hurdle to flipping your class is to change your THINKING about the best use of face to face class time.
Change your mind, change your classroom. Flip that point of view!
Jeffrey L. Bailie
The purpose of this study was to examine whether a set of instructional practices commonly prescribed to online faculty in the higher education setting were consistent with the expectations of a group of experienced online student participants. Online faculty performance conventions were collected from 20 institutions of higher learning located in the United States. The collective practices yielded three primary domains related to administrative faculty performance expectations in online instruction: Communication, Presence/Engagement, and Timeliness/Responsiveness. Undergraduate participants representing a cross section of colleges and universities in the United States were surveyed to determine their expectations for online faculty as compared to scaled items derived from the lists of participating institutions. The results of this investigation offer practitioners insight into how administrative instructional guidelines relate to the user demands of an informed group of undergraduate online students.
Shake up your point of view!
Here's an interesting paper published by the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration. Spring 2014 - Volume 17 Issue 1
Mulukan Ayalu, who may be the busiest man in Dalifagi (Paul Salopek, 2013) http://outofedenwalk.nationalgeographic.com/files/2013/01/Paul-Salopek-Oasis3-1024x683.jpg
Combine inexpensive mobile technology with the archived course content available right now, add translation software and satellite bandwidth and the possibility of reaching across the globe into the most remote spots on the planet becomes real.
How do you see the disruptive power of open education, moocs and mobile tech?
Flipping or blending your classroom means (in part) finding great online video that hits the target. Here's some help from Robin Good.
Oregon State University this fall will launch its first massive, open online course, or MOOC, partnering with Stanford University and the Oregon Department of Education to deliver a free, professional learning opportunity to potentially thousands of K-12 educators in the state and around the world.
Will teachers go for free (if massive) online professional development?
Despite all the theories, noise, and excitements around Moocs... it may all come down to some one in a district office deciding to award salary credit for Moocs.
If yo're a curious K-12 educator, check it out? (Even if it doesn't bump up on that slow ladder to a living wage.