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This site is one way to create an online reputation trail. I've been a member for about a month. I'm not yet sure I trust Trust Cloud to be around a year from now. However the basic concept is solid.
It's good to learn a bit more about how the scores are determined. (Note, Trustcloud doesn not currently connect with Google+ despite what it says in this article. )
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Intel® Teach Elements is a series of free online professional development courses that provide deep exploration of 21st century learning concepts.
I know these materials well. I recommend them. ~ dennis
Intel Teachers Engage is a personal learning network for anyone interested in the core concepts of Intel Teach Program courses: instructional design, project-based approaches, effective use of technology, assessment of 21st century skills, and open-ended questioning. http://engage.intel.com
As you consider professional development opportunities critical to your career, or to the career of your staff members, the following grid can be used as a guide to navigate the professional development opportunities available within the EDUCAUSE community. Both career progression and investment of time and money are given to assist you in making decisions on events and other resources, some of which of are available at little or no cost.
Here is UW-Stout's discussion etiquette guide. This was 'crowd sourced' via our online teaching staff and is regularly revised.
The Discussion Board is a vital part of communication in online learning. If all participants agree to follow a few principles of civility and professionalism, the discussion board can be a great opportunity to express opinions, share ideas, and receive feedback from peers who are engaged in the same learning objectives.
Kay Lehmann is offering a new graduate course to all interested in using social media for learning. She's a great online teacher. Don't miss this class! ~ Dennis
EDUC 696C Social Media Instructional Strategies Online Course Information...
Online Course 1 semester hour graduate credit ($397)Instructor: Dr. Kay LehmannFebruary 6 - March 2, 2012
Explore inspiring and effective ways to use social media for professional development or in the classroom or assignments, assessments, cross-cultural communication and language learning, collaborative learning, and real-world experiential learning.
Using Games for Learning and Assessment Online Course Information...
Online Course 1 semester hour graduate credit ($397)
Instructor: Dr. Susan ManningFebruary 6 - March 2, 2012 or April 9 - May 4, 2012
Designed for educators and trainers interested in learning about game-based learning and assessment. Explore quests, incentives like badges, the core tenants of game-based learning and how it supports the inquiry process. Get your game on and gamify learning for your students!
With the growing amount of online colleges and courses to choose from, how can you make sure you don’t waste your time or money on a badly taught course?
Some highly experienced online instructors and students suggest asking an instructor these six questions before signing up.
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Programs are delivered via Webex Training Center or iLinc. Toll-free teleconferencing is available in the US only. Your confirmation email will provide instructions on how to log on and how to test your software.
Synchronous training opportunities are a great way to 'sample' the art of live real time online learning. Increasingly real-time online presentations are being used to deliver information. To avoid repeating the inefficiencies of a tradional staff meeting, it takes a skilled presesenter. Here's a chance to experience a professional caliber real-time training. (For Free... a word all teachers love too hear!) ~ Dennis
I suspect that the main reason many teachers don’t transfer their knowledge and actively seek answers to their questions about tech is that they simply aren’t very interested in learning it. The key to David Warlick’s statement is that people can leverage the internet to learn anything they want to learn. But let’s put that aside for now and assume for the sake of argument that teachers need to learn how to use tech whether they want to or not. Why do they often profess helplessness and state that they can’t learn it without PD?
I'm intrigued by the idea of live on-demand professional development for teachers.
Professional help when you need it is a rare thing. This service is in beta and provided via a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ~ Dennis
MyLivePD is the first and only professional development service that connects teachers to experienced coaches online. Teachers get on-demand personalized coaching, with no need to make an appointment or reservation.
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There's still time to join our free pilot program.
The Learning to Teach Online project is a free professional development resource designed by COFA Online at the University of New South Wales, in association with the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) to help teachers from any discipline, whether experienced in online teaching or not, gain a working understanding of successful online teaching pedagogies that they can apply in their own unique teaching situations.
This episode gives an overview of the aims of the project, and describes how teachers can get the most out of Learning to Teach Online.
Howard Rheingold offers gems of wisdom about what he has learned during his 30 years of thinking about life online.
Whether you are new to the Internet, very familiar or anywhere in between I think you would benefit from reading the new book by Howard Rheingold, Net Smart: How To Thrive Online.
Professors aren't always trained teachers. This becomes painfully obvious when untrained professors go online. ~ Dennis
Philadelphia—Professors can choose from a growing palette of Web-based tools to make their online courses more interactive. But a new study suggests that many community-college instructors aren’t taking advantage of those options. Instead, the professors are relying on static course materials that aren’t likely to motivate students or encourage them to interact with each other.
You can inspire students to learn with simple demonstrations of your own curiosity...
Here are some best practices that I have created for myself, to facilitate both my own learning and my students' passion to learn.
The trend toward active learning may overthrow the style of teaching that has ruled universities for 600 years.
Good advice is where you find it! This short checklist article, written by Brian C. Steinberg has good advice. I had to add my own take to his solid list of ideas!
1. Introduce yourself (My advice: if you start a class that doesn't provide a social icebreaker, drop it. You need to know the people you're learning with. Community is key online.)
2. Read Read and Read Everything! (My advice: Reading everything at the start of a course makes sense. You need to get oriented. After that, don't treat hypertext reading like textbook reading. Learn to skim and strategically bookmark and annotate important reading. If you try to read it all, you'll go down the rabbit hole and never come out.)
3. Downloading and Printing Course Materials. (My advice: I love a paperless work flow. However new online students can gain a true sense of order from printing and arranging course materials. I did this for most of my first online learning experiences and recommend that my novice online students create a notebook.)
4. Online Study Buddies. (My Advice: Kudos to the author of this article. I've never thought of this as an explicit tip for online learners, even though I know it helps to have a friend taking the class. Consciously building network relationships in an online class is a natural outgrowth of community centered online learning. )
5. Start your work ASAP! (My advice: I open my classes a week early for a non-academic preview. This helps folks hit the ground running. It's deadly to fall behind in an online class.)
These five tips will help any online student have a better learning experience. It's also a good reminder for online instructors to put in the extra time needed to plan a great start up week for their students. ~ Dennis
Some Recent Happenings at LearningTimes.
This is a dynamic online community with a focus on both synchronous and asynchronous online learning.
If you're looking for a great network where you can meet other online professionals, this is it!
I personally recommend you tune into the Green Room Podcasts with my colleagues Susan Manning and Dan Balzer! (Superb practicioners.)
mLearning: Using Mobile Technology to Enhance Learning Online Course Information...
Online Course - 3 semester hours graduate creditInstructor: Ann Bell
January 30 - March 23, 2012
Required Hardware: BYOD Bring your own device!
Participants will need only one of the following:an iPad, iPad2, or iPod Touch, or iPhone or a smartphone as reviewed onhttp://www.pcworld.com/products/phones.html
Ann Bell is a great online teacher. This learning experience will be memorable, effective, and immediately useful! ~ Dennis
Great class. I acquired some outstanding tools, tips, and tricks!!
Dr. Boettcher is an expert in distance learning and education.
Concise advice about course design, discussion dynamics and creating a calming atmosphere. Excellent advice for all online instructors.
Anyone who works online has developed an attitude or approach to 'multi-tasking'. But what if you can really only deal with one thing at a time?
Would this realization change the way you work? This short, well written article, complete with a video and link to deeper research may rock your thoughts on how good you are at multi-tasking. (It certainly helped me realize why I sometimes need to set a kitchen timer to 30 minutes and just focus on one task if I want to get anything done!) ~ Dennis
I know it’s popular to think that you are multi-tasking, but the research is clear that people actually can’t multi-task, with one specific exception.
A new Gates Foundation-funded pilot is testing how effective professional development can be when the algebra teacher turns to an online coach in real time for assistance with lessons and classroom management.