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Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio? | online teaching | Scoop.it
Designing a well-organized and professional teaching portfolio can give you an edge in a competitive job market, and help you score high marks on your school's teacher evaluation form. It is, however, a time-consuming endeavor (the average portfolio takes about two to three days of work), and once built, your portfolio will require regular attention. 

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Something to consider.

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Pamela Schield's curator insight, August 2, 4:32 AM

A digital portfolio helps organize the artifacts that may otherwise fall by the wayside forgotten. I can appreciate the business card analogy.

Steve Vaitl's curator insight, August 3, 6:45 PM

Great tips for all my teaching and professional friends. 

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Beyond Self-Teaching Online: Using the Threaded Discussion in Distance Education by Clarence J. Bouchat : Learning Solutions Magazine

Beyond Self-Teaching Online: Using the Threaded Discussion in Distance Education  by Clarence   J. Bouchat : Learning Solutions Magazine | online teaching | Scoop.it

Although there are many documented advantages of learning online, some educators still question this innovative way of teaching because of technical obstacles, because they suspect or doubt its effectiveness, or because they are unfamiliar with the approach. Indeed, the teaching considerations for an online course, versus a traditional in-residence-based course, do change by necessity because of the different learning environments.


Making traditional course material digital, converting lectures to streaming video, and assigning tests or writing assignments online are not enough to convert the full classroom experience into avirtual one.


What is lacking in the virtual setting is the dynamic interchange among students and instructors. Although their concerns are valid, in-residence educators should find solace in learning that one of the most fundamental forms of teaching, the student-peer discussion facilitated by a knowledgeable instructor, remains as valid for mature-student distance learning today as it was for Socrates. This venerable method remains effective for online students for the same reasons it works in the classroom — because the discourse among students actually builds knowledge and keeps learning focused on their needs. Online, this Socratic method of teaching, also known as a “threaded discussion” or a “forum,” is an excellent distancelearning tool. All online instructors should consider using this method.


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Understanding the importance of the discussion board in the online classroom. 

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Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, October 6, 9:36 PM

I agree that threaded discussions bring in the online interactions and exchange of knowledge. The danger is when such threads are not directed by the mentors or facilitators, the discussions can easily wander off to personal and sometime unnecessary issues.

online4ed's curator insight, October 7, 9:37 AM

Why I work so hard to help students realize the more they put in to the class, the more they will get out! 

David Bramley's curator insight, October 7, 7:05 PM

The go-to activity for most teachers looking to add an activity to their online offering is the forum.  But  the activity is often ill thought through, the teacher doesn't participate themselves and as a result the forum fails to launch!

 

This post looks at threaded discussions and how teachers can use them to facilitate peer to peer discussion that will add value to the learning experience.  Highly recommended

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What It’s Like to Live with Schizophrenia

What It’s Like to Live with Schizophrenia | online teaching | Scoop.it
Thirty-one years ago Elyn R. Saks was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Her prognosis was grave: she wouldn’t be able to live independently, hold a job or find love.
After her hospitalization at 28 years old, a doctor suggested she work as a cashier....
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Just like Autism, there is a broad spectrum of people with schizophrenia.

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Build Your Teaching Business Online

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Build Your Teaching Business Online - Jason R. Levine
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Free Course. All you need to do is sign up.

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Killer Moodle Gamification Tips You Must Know - Super Moodle

Killer Moodle Gamification Tips You Must Know - Super Moodle | online teaching | Scoop.it

by Nicole Lewis on August 24, 2014

Enter Now and Check Out Killer Moodle Gamification Tips You Must Know to Ensure You Enhance the Learning Process and Increase the Value from Participants.

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Gamificatioin is an excellent way to increase student engagement in the online classroom.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 24, 3:57 PM

These ideas will work with any course management system. (Indeed,  a blended classroom and Web 2.0 applications can get the job done.)


However, using Moodle (open source!) is a great way in for any teacher seeking away to blend, flip, or go fully online with their classes.

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How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies - KQED (blog)

How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies - KQED (blog) | online teaching | Scoop.it
KQED (blog)
How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies
KQED (blog)
They can actually work in your favor, according to a body of research that offers surprising insights and simple, doable strategies for learning more effectively.
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Great study advice.

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Learning environments: a critical component of the design of online teaching

Learning environments: a critical component of the design of online teaching | online teaching | Scoop.it
Tony Bates » Learning environments: a critical component of the design of online teaching http://t.co/MotmAnVG40
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Dig Deep: Evaluating Online Learning Quality

Dig Deep: Evaluating Online Learning Quality | online teaching | Scoop.it

by Melissa Venable


Accreditation is a critical factor to consider when planning for higher education. The process is designed to provide some assurance to prospective students, that the academic programs they are considering have been evaluated and found to have a basic level of quality. There are multiple types of accreditation and accrediting agencies, which play significant roles in academic and career activities such as transferring credits, receiving financial aid, pursuing professional credentials, and meeting employers' expectations.


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Accreditation is critical to having your degree taken seriously by employers.

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Accreditation, reputation, program quality and online instructor experience are all part of the mix when looking for an online learning experience.EVERY online student should research the qualifications of any school they attend.


I'm proud to be the advisor and online instructor UW-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program.  Top accreditation is just the tip of the quality iceberg at Stout.What a team. I encourage everyone to dig deep and then act on what they find. 

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The Power of Mindfulness | RecoverySI

The Power of Mindfulness | RecoverySI | online teaching | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is deceptively simple- no religious commitment or complicated psychology required- but it needs practice to produce benefits like reducing anxiety. (Practicing #mindfulness: Doesn't require religion, or psychology.
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Practicing mindfulness should become a daily habit.

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» Find Out How You Can Ease Chronic Illness with Meditation and Mindfulness - World of Psychology

» Find Out How You Can Ease Chronic Illness with Meditation and Mindfulness - World of Psychology | online teaching | Scoop.it
A novel study suggests that meditation and mindfulness can greatly improve the lives of people with chronic illness.
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There are so many benefits to meditation there is really no reason not to try.

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Money Psychology

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Psychologists are uncovering the profound effect that wealth and poverty can have on the mind. Common sense would suggest the (Research -> higher #wealth correlates w/ less #compassion & #generosity towards others in #society.
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Money is a great source of stress in our culture.

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» Just Be Happy? Striking a Balance with Positive Psychology - World of Psychology

» Just Be Happy? Striking a Balance with Positive Psychology - World of Psychology | online teaching | Scoop.it
In the field of positive psychology, cultivating positive emotions is encouraged, along with garnering an optimistic outlook on adversity.
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Smile, It makes you feel better.


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Good writing skills make an impression

Good writing skills make an impression | online teaching | Scoop.it
Professional writing is an imperative skill in the business world.

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, June 29, 5:18 PM

“Can u help me i send lots of emails but 2 many r never opened.”

Save the abbreviations for personal text messages. Professional writing is an imperative skill in the business world. Even when reading clients’ business plans, I find poor grammar, careless errors and elementary mistakes.

Grammar is critical. Spelling, capitalization, punctuation and wording are important in presenting a professional image.

Most word processing programs, and even many email programs, help in this regard. But beware; words might be properly spelled but used incorrectly. Think “there” as opposed to “they’re” or “their.” And who hasn’t seen some amusing results from the dreaded autocorrect feature?

In all business correspondence, there are certain vital considerations:

• The subject of an email or the first sentence or two in a letter must grab the reader’s interest. Be engaging and creative or be ignored.

• Be clear and concise. With so much information available, readers choose material that is easy to read and understand. Short is better than long.

• Avoid industry jargon and acronyms. Use nontechnical terminology or explain the meaning of the terms. Even if your initial recipient understands, your correspondence might be shared with others.

• Be specific in what you are saying and what you are asking for in response. Have you conveyed your message and is the reader inclined to answer?

• Use active instead of passive voice in most cases. For example, “We received an industry-best 9.5 customer satisfaction rating” instead of “A 9.5 customer rating was received by our company, which was the best rating in the industry.”

• Proofread what you are about to send. When possible, have someone else proofread your work. It is easy to miss mistakes proofreading your own work because you know what you meant to say. Another reader is more likely to catch errors. Be especially careful when changing names and information in templates or form letters.

• Don’t be showy! For example, “I can utilize the most advanced technological tools designed by software engineers to produce a website featuring an unparalleled interactive experience for your customer base” is better said as “I can create a user-friendly website your customers will love.”

Handwritten correspondence is rare today, so when it is used it makes a great impact. We are so used to keying, correcting and rewording that it is difficult to write by hand. Consider typing, editing and then converting your final draft to handwriting. Remember that written correspondence takes time for delivery, so an immediate, short email might be needed when speed is critical.

Take the time and effort in your writing to show that you care about the recipient. The results are worth it.


Ed Rappuhn is a mentor, workshop facilitator, and a past chair of SCORE Nashville. SCORE mentors guide entrepreneurs in starting and growing their businesses. Sign up for a free SCORE mentor, find out about our reasonably priced workshops and other services, or volunteer to become a SCORE member at www.

scorenashville.org. Email questions about your business to questions@scorenashville.org and watch for the answers in future columns.

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Timeline Photos - Katy-Rose Hötker | Facebook

Timeline Photos - Katy-Rose Hötker | Facebook | online teaching | Scoop.it
It must be time for fresh coffee to celebrate, followed by some more writing! ^_^ I'm working on one of my paranormal romances this evening (It must be time for fresh coffee to celebrate, followed by some more writing!
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I love this photo.

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Internet Trolls Really Are Psychos

Internet Trolls Really Are Psychos | online teaching | Scoop.it
If you've ever managed an online community, a blog, or a brand's Facebook page, you have encountered the dreaded "troll." These community members can be provocative and rude, and are known for creating posts for the sole purpose of agitating their...
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This is why it's best to ignore the trolls.

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8 Lessons Learned from Teaching Online - YouTube

This video list of insights comes from experts in the field of online teaching. Here is a collection of 8 lessons that might improve your online course! Feat...
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Great reminders of good practices for teaching. 

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RFT for clinical use: The example of metaphor

Relational Frame Theory for clinical use: The example of metaphor http://t.co/5XcsbDqKmJ @babcp #CBT #psychology
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Good tips to get your next on-line teaching job.

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The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine

The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine | online teaching | Scoop.it

How to sculpt an environment that optimizes creative flow and summons relevant knowledge from your long-term memory through the right retrieval cues.

Reflecting on the ritualization of creativity, Bukowski famously scoffed that “air and light and time and space have nothing to do with.”Samuel Johnson similarly contended that “a man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.” And yet some of history’s most successful and prolific writers were women and men of religious daily routines and odd creative rituals. (Even Buk himself ended up sticking to a peculiar daily routine.)

Such strategies, it turns out, may be psychologically sound and cognitively fruitful. In the altogether illuminating 1994 volume The Psychology of Writing (public library), cognitive psychologist Roland T. Kellogg explores how work schedules, behavioral rituals, and writing environments affect the amount of time invested in trying to write and the degree to which that time is spent in a state of boredom, anxiety, or creative flow. Kellogg writes:


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Writing rituals.

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The Art and Science of Successful Online Discussions

The Art and Science of Successful Online Discussions | online teaching | Scoop.it
Faculty use asynchronous discussions to extend and enhance instructional practices in the online classroom. It is widely reported that online discussions play an integral role in facilitating students’ learning, as well as fostering dialogue, critical thinking, and reflective inquiry (Kayler & Weller, 2007; Morris, Finnegan, & Sz-Shyan, 2005). Despite faculty’s knowledge that discussion forums can serve as a useful learning tool, online discussions are not easy to establish and manage.

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If you teach on-line it is critical that you understand how to best use the discussion board. There are times we want to guide the discussion and times when we should allow students to carry the weight. One common mistake instructors make in the online classroom is to attempt to drive every conversation. Occasionally students may need to take charge in order to learn the material.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 12, 3:12 AM

Classes taught with facilitated discussion (a great step beyond simple Q&A) are the gold standard of online teaching and learning.


Solid references for this short read on the gold standard!

Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 15, 1:47 PM

We can do it but we have to do it right.

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Psychology Professor Explains The Bystander Effect - CBS Local

Psychology Professor Explains The Bystander Effect - CBS Local | online teaching | Scoop.it
CBS Local
Psychology Professor Explains The Bystander Effect
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It's a question many people have asked since seeing video of a Park Ranger being attacked in Love Park over the weekend – why didn't anyone help?
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Another interesting example of the Bystander Effect.

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Using the Remind App in the Online Classroom

Using the Remind App in the Online Classroom | online teaching | Scoop.it
As of January 2014, nine out of 10 Americans own a cell phone, with almost half using a smartphone (Pew Research, 2014).
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I am going to start using this in my classes.

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Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio? | online teaching | Scoop.it
Designing a well-organized and professional teaching portfolio can give you an edge in a competitive job market, and help you score high marks on your school's teacher evaluation form. It is, however, a time-consuming endeavor (the average portfolio takes about two to three days of work), and once built, your portfolio will require regular attention. 

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Something to consider.

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Елена Полякова's curator insight, July 28, 5:06 AM

е-портфолио

Pamela Schield's curator insight, August 2, 4:32 AM

A digital portfolio helps organize the artifacts that may otherwise fall by the wayside forgotten. I can appreciate the business card analogy.

Steve Vaitl's curator insight, August 3, 6:45 PM

Great tips for all my teaching and professional friends. 

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Facebook turns 700,000 users into lab rats for a psychology experiment

Facebook turns 700,000 users into lab rats for a psychology experiment | online teaching | Scoop.it
Gaze not overlong into the Facebook abyss, for it gazes also into you. And messes with your timeline, to manipulate your emotional state and monitor the results.
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I think this was unethical.

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Brain uses varying strategies to filter out distractions - News-Medical.net

Brain uses varying strategies to filter out distractions - News-Medical.net | online teaching | Scoop.it
Brain uses varying strategies to filter out distractions
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You know the feeling? You are trying to dial a phone number from memory… you have to concentrate…. then someone starts shouting out other numbers nearby.
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Interesting which parts of the brain are involved when trying to ignore distractions.

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Garrison Keillor on Singing, Writing, Small Talk—and What Comes Next - National Geographic

Garrison Keillor on Singing, Writing, Small Talk—and What Comes Next - National Geographic | online teaching | Scoop.it
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Garrison Keillor on Singing, Writing, Small Talk—and What Comes Next
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The scripts are written, of course, and then rewritten the night before, sometimes changed dramatically.
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Garrison Keillor is a national treasure. I am glad I took the opportunity to see him live.


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E-Learning Certificate Program: Infographic: Finding E-Learning Jobs

E-Learning Certificate Program: Infographic: Finding E-Learning Jobs | online teaching | Scoop.it

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Good advice for looking for online teaching jobs.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 6, 10:16 PM

Online teaching skills enhance traditional teaching skills in many ways. One of the more profound side effects of learning to teach online is the shift from the traditional model of employment for teachers. 


Things have changed.  This infographic will give you a quick overview of how you might find an online teaching job that will fit your needs. Interested? Take the first step!