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How to get students to participate in Online Discussions…

How to get students to participate in Online Discussions… | Elearning Pedagogy | Scoop.it

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

 

References:

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.

 

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Karine Thonnard's curator insight, January 22, 2013 8:22 AM

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Assessment in Open Spaces

Keynote presentation for eAssessment Scotland conference #easc13, University of Dundee, 23rd August 2013

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Link to the blog post: http://catherinecronin.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/assessment-in-open-spaces/

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Catherine Cronin's comment, August 26, 2013 5:55 PM
...as well as work by primary and secondary students in schools in Ireland and the UK. Learning and assessment in open spaces provide powerful opportunities for communication and feedback, as well as for new types of pedagogical relationships between learners and teachers/educators.
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Teacher 3.0 : Presentation for EDEN2013

Lo#e  Nørregaard  Lono@niels.brock.dk  Liselo4e  Strarup  Nielsen  Niels  Brock,  Copenhagen  

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EDEN's curator insight, June 18, 2013 11:08 AM

Due to air controllers' strike, some of us could not make it to the confererence. Here's one of them, originally scheduled to Session D1

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Learning to Teach online

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"If we believe that learning is anchored in engagement, then we really need to design for engagement." 

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Overlooked Items That Can Help Keep Online Students Engaged | Faculty Focus

Overlooked Items That Can Help Keep Online Students Engaged | Faculty Focus | Elearning Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Student engagement is a popular topic and the overwhelming majority of the information on this topic is concentrated on the big issues of keeping students engaged, such as the importance of faculty presence in the classroom, adhering to deadlines...
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Don’t be pedantic and ostentatious in your writings to students;

Keep your course tied to the world beyond your school;

Black-and-white text can be boring,

Always inject enthusiasm into all student communication;

Keep a positive spin on assignment feedback and student correspondence;

Use students’ introductory information to help keep them involved in the course,

Pay attention to and incorporate student evaluation comments;

Give students information and resources when they don’t expect it;

Use your professional and personal experiences to keep students interested;

Have students become “teaching aides.”

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Social networking in online education: It is time to revisit the pedagogy | CommUnity: Online Conference on Networks and Communities 2012

Social networking in online education: It is time to revisit the pedagogy | CommUnity: Online Conference on Networks and Communities 2012 | Elearning Pedagogy | Scoop.it

Image: cc licensed (BY NC SA) flickr photo by fredcavazza: http://flickr.com/photos/fredcavazza/2564571564/

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Social networking in online education: It is time to revisit the pedagogy

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A Simple Guide To 4 Complex Learning Theories - Edudemic

A Simple Guide To 4 Complex Learning Theories - Edudemic | Elearning Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Do you know the actual theories of learning? A learning theory is an attempt to describe how people learn, helping us understand this inherently complex process.
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A helpful infographic about 4 learning theories: behaviorism, constructivism, cognitivism and connectivism.

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A New Pedagogy is Emerging…And Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor

A New Pedagogy is Emerging…And Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor | Elearning Pedagogy | Scoop.it

"Fantastic post that summarises where we are now in terms of teaching and learning and the impact of new technology.  It looks at the triggers for new methods of teaching and learning and som of he key elements that are contributing to this change e.g. blended learning, collaboration and the use of multimedia and open educational resources.  Includes links to case studies

Essential reading".


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#ELearning in Higher Education

A presentation regarding issues such as:
Elearning timeline; technologies trends; learning management systems; teacher practice and paradoxes, and learning design.


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The Connected Learning Manifesto - add your thoughts

The Connected Learning Manifesto - add your thoughts | Elearning Pedagogy | Scoop.it

 

"A revolution in technology has transformed the way we can find each other, interact, and collaborate to create knowledge as connected learners." (Connected Learning Manifesto - http://plpnetwork.com/2012/07/23/connected-learning-manifesto/)

 

Justin Marquis wrote suggestions to be added to the Manifesto and to further the discussion about the impact of connected learning. He focused on these topics:
- Connectivity/Collaboration
- Empowerment/Self-Directed Learning
- Creativity/Innovation
- Diversity/Breaking Down Boundaries
- Self-Awareness/Reflection
- Lifelong Learning

 

I really agree with the author’s statement: “Connected Learning helps develop the literacy skills necessary to survive in a hi-tech world.”
http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2012/08/contributing-the-connected-learning-manifesto/

 

The Manifesto wants to hear from you. Add your thoughts, statements, or strong assertions to the Connected Learning Manifesto. - http://plpnetwork.com/2012/07/23/connected-learning-manifesto/

 

 

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Visual tricks for instructor forum posts « Lisa's (Online) Teaching Blog

Visual tricks for instructor forum posts « Lisa's (Online) Teaching Blog | Elearning Pedagogy | Scoop.it

I agree with Lisa, little details matter a lot on online learning. So when using Moodle’s forum why not apply a visual trick with a bit of HTML to call attention to a teacher’s post.
Lisa uses this code at the beginning and end of her posts in forums:

<hr size=2 color=blue>

 

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What 'crowdsourcing' concepts can I use my classroom?

What 'crowdsourcing' concepts can I use my classroom? | Elearning Pedagogy | Scoop.it

If you feel the need to find alternatives to a lectured class, crowdsourcing - “the practice of putting many minds to work on a single problem” - might be a good choice. Smith in the article “Crowdsourcing in Your Classroom” explains 4 concepts and presents examples of thorough classroom applications. These concepts are:
1. Distributed Computing - put crowds of brains working to solve a problem
2. Guerrilla Marketing - the pull of an idea
3. Product Evangelism - someone like a facilitator, whose role implies a shift from the “sage on the stage” to the “guide on the side.”
4. Professional Connections - the people who are part of your PLN (who make you a lifelong learner)

 

Crowdsourcing is being used in different areas, including education, even though we didn’t name it like that. Now that the concept is known, maybe we’ll feel more inspired to base new learning approaches on it. Moreover, it’s perfectly suitable for online learning.


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Using Online Icebreakers to Promote Student/Teacher Interaction

Using Online Icebreakers to Promote Student/Teacher Interaction | Elearning Pedagogy | Scoop.it

"In an online environment, human interaction does not just happen naturally. Your online students need a way to get to know you, the instructor, and others. There are several ways to encourage your students to interact with each other. The idea is to be creative and set several guidelines for students to follow in order to stimulate asynchronous discussions." 

 

You’ll find here a bunch of techniques and suggestions. Save them for future use.

 

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/uggboy/5240738243/


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The Fundamentals of Formative Assessment

The Fundamentals of Formative Assessment | Elearning Pedagogy | Scoop.it
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Three significant concepts of formative assessment: (1) it is student focused, (2) it is instructionally informative, and (3) formative assessment is outcomes based.

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Jeroen Bottema's curator insight, September 7, 2013 9:44 AM

"This chapter looks at the essential principles of formative assessment and provides a preview of best practice. Our focus here is both the content and context of formative assessment: its basic elements and some of the reasons it has risen to prominence and gained support as an effective means of improving student learning."

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How To Flip An Online Course - Edudemic

How To Flip An Online Course - Edudemic | Elearning Pedagogy | Scoop.it
It's not only possible, but actually quite easy to flip an online course. This visual guide will have you started and succeeding in no time.
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5 Ways To Really Connect With Online Students - Edudemic

5 Ways To Really Connect With Online Students - Edudemic | Elearning Pedagogy | Scoop.it
In this world of increased online education, it's important for students and instructors to really know how to connect with online students.

 

From parents to working professionals, students of all types are enthusiastic about online education — as long as it’s done right. Historically, however, online classes have not been very good experiences, with outcomes being marginal at best. Here are five ways instructors can connect with their students, making sure the online education experience is worthwhile for everyone:


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 2, 2013 11:54 AM

Solid advice for any instructor, double that for an online instructor.

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New Research Explores Social Learning and Collaboration in Online Courses

New Research Explores Social Learning and Collaboration in Online Courses | Elearning Pedagogy | Scoop.it
How can students work together in the new generation of online courses? And how can online systems support and encourage peer learning? A new School of Information research project aims to answer these questions and more.
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Researching social learning and collaboration in online courses.

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, March 26, 2013 5:45 PM

Important that collaboration in online learning is researched and done so by reputable institutions like UC Berkeley.

Paul Moss - teacher, learner's curator insight, August 8, 2013 7:06 PM

This research is on to the right path. But i know the answer they seek. EDmerger is coming!!!

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Adapting PowerPoint Lectures for Online Delivery: Best Practices | Faculty Focus

Adapting PowerPoint Lectures for Online Delivery: Best Practices | Faculty Focus | Elearning Pedagogy | Scoop.it
If you use PowerPoint lectures in your face-to-face classes, you can use those same lectures as jumping-off points for creating narrated animations for your online students to watch. That’s the good news.
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Allan Shaw's curator insight, January 29, 2013 3:45 PM

But there is work involved as the online environment is different to that of a classroom. That said, this is one of the destinations where we are headed and skills and resources need to be developed to support this goal.

iddlhokie's curator insight, May 24, 2013 1:37 PM

Good basic tips

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JISC Digital Media Using Audio in teaching and learning

JISC Digital Media Using Audio in teaching and learning | Elearning Pedagogy | Scoop.it

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Infographic: Profile of an Online College Student

Infographic: Profile of an Online College Student | Elearning Pedagogy | Scoop.it
College campuses have been an American institution for millennia, but not all higher learning is being done in a traditional classroom anymore.
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A comprehensive infographic on the profile of an online college student in American institutions.

If you find similar information about online college students in other countries, share, please.

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Instructor Characteristics That Affect Online Student Success | Faculty Focus

Instructor Characteristics That Affect Online Student Success | Faculty Focus | Elearning Pedagogy | Scoop.it

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.

 

Source: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/instructor-characteristics-that-affect-online-student-success/

 

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Peer reviewed teaching

Peer reviewed teaching | Elearning Pedagogy | Scoop.it

Have you ever asked this question: "Why are learning resources hidden away on teachers’ hard drives or in desk drawers rather than being made accessible and subject to peer review and open for reuse?"

If you did, this article might bring some light and more questions...

 

The corridor of uncertainty: "Peer reviewed teaching" by Alastair Creelman

 

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On-Campus Orientation Program Benefits Online Faculty | Faculty Focus

On-Campus Orientation Program Benefits Online Faculty | Faculty Focus | Elearning Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Strategic relationships build strong commitment and a measurably higher expectation of compliance in all areas, including institutions of higher learning.
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dianataylor's comment, July 29, 2012 9:02 PM
Human contact and personal contact prevail, but at the cost to the institution both financially and time. How feasible is this really?
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Flipping The Classroom… A Goldmine of Research and Resources To Keep You On Your Feet

Flipping The Classroom… A Goldmine of Research and Resources To Keep You On Your Feet | Elearning Pedagogy | Scoop.it

Michael Gorman:

 

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!


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AAEEBL's curator insight, January 21, 2013 7:28 PM

Classroom flipping. I'm still wondering what that's come to mean as I've been teaching with technology since the mid-90s.  (JWB)

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Clive on Learning: Is e-learning effective?

Clive on Learning: Is e-learning effective? | Elearning Pedagogy | Scoop.it

E-learning is just a medium which supports many methods. Decide what and how you want it for.

 

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_nige/5657881063/

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