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"How-to's" of online teaching. Including suggestions, techniques, tips, and tricks to conducting a successful online course.
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How Usable is Your eLearning Course? Follow the 5 E’s For Best Results

How Usable is Your eLearning Course? Follow the 5 E’s For Best Results | Tips for Teaching Online | Scoop.it

Usability applies to any user interface, from a door handle to an airplane cockpit - or an eLearning course. It means, simply, how easy it is for users to get what they need out of the device. How usable your eLearning course is, is one of the most important factors that make or break... http://elearningfeeds.com/how-usable-is-your-elearning-course-follow-the-5-es-for-best-results/


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Online classes can serve students well: Guest opinion

By Kathryn Hubbell, the Oregonian In response to Ramin Farahmandpur’s Oct. 12 “In My Opinion” column, “Online courses shortchange their students,” I would like to defend online learning. I have taught both online and on-campus classes at Marylhurst University for... http://elearningfeeds.com/online-classes-can-serve-students-well-guest-opinion/


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I have experienced many of the same results as Professor Hubbell. My most motivated student was a young lady serving in the army while deployed in Iraq. She took my A&P class online from a camp, pretty much on the "front line". For a 2 week period she hadn't logged in nor had I heard from her. Early in the 3rd week she messaged me and apologized for missing work! The camp she was assigned to came under heavy fire and they had to move, twice!

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5 Questions & Answers Shedding Light on How Americans Use Mobile Apps

5 Questions & Answers Shedding Light on How Americans Use Mobile Apps | Tips for Teaching Online | Scoop.it
Mobile has fast emerged as the primary platform for media consumption. However, as advertisers try to figure out how to best use mobile advertising to effectively reach their target audiences there is some hesitation around allocating budgets for mobile ad campaigns.

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For both teachers and business owners. Something you may wish to consider in course or website design; mobile apps have over taken a desktop computer for online access.

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ET Russell's curator insight, October 14, 4:02 PM

Suggestion:

Every agency should take this test before investing time and money into mobile applications.

Understand where and how your target audience is spending their time on mobile.

Then, develop an app that best meets their needs.

 

Example:

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are great examples of how agencies are putting these questions and answers to use. Their apps, Pop Quiz and Solve the Outbreak use games to connect hard-to-reach audiences with information they should know.

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2014 Online College Students: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences


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Very interesting look at where online education is heading based on student preferences.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 4, 3:07 PM

Clinefelter, D. L. & Aslanian, C. B., (2014). Onlinecollege students 2014: Comprehensive data on demands andpreferences. Louisville, KY: The Learning House, Inc.

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adicionar a sua visão ...

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Make eBooks. Really simple.

Make eBooks. Really simple. | Tips for Teaching Online | Scoop.it
Make eBooks. Really simple. Right from your Google Drive. liber.io integrates into your Drive and creates beautiful ePubs.

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Looks to be a potentially excellent resource!

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Why Professional Development For Physical Educators Is Critical - Edudemic

Why Professional Development For Physical Educators Is Critical - Edudemic | Tips for Teaching Online | Scoop.it
Sometimes I think there is so much focus on Math, Science, Reading, and Writing that I wonder if we sometimes forget about the other subjects. Especially in the US, where there is so much testing focused in these areas, the other stuff often feels like ‘extra’. Along the same lines, much of the professional development …

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With all the research supporting active care for injuries, exercise to combat obesity and an active lifestyle for our senior citizens, this only makes perfect sense. Especially a society so heavily based in the use of sedentary electronics such as personal computers, tablets and video gaming systems.

 

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Jefferson Lab Science Series - Science Series Video Archive

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reJefferson Lab Science Series - Science Series Video Archive

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There are some great science videos in this archive. If you teach science or health courses, you might want to check this out!!

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Hundreds of Free Science eBooks for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Hundreds of Free Science eBooks for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Tips for Teaching Online | Scoop.it

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There appear to be some very useful ones on this list of links. Some do seem to be outdated though.

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Great Educational Web Tools Created by Teachers for Teachers

Great Educational Web Tools Created by Teachers for Teachers | Tips for Teaching Online | Scoop.it
May 22, 2014
Familiar with the term "teacherpreneur?" Only a few years old, this term appears to be evolving from a classroom teacher empowered & involved in educational leadership, to a...
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There appear to be some real gems in this group!!

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Infographic: What Does It Take To Be A Teacher?

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What Does It Take To Be A Teacher? Infographic shows that teachers’ realities are growing increasingly complex.


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Interesting information about teachers. I can't help but wonder in light of what we know regarding how we learn, what  does this say about US education?

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Jaime Salcedo Luna's curator insight, May 18, 8:08 AM

Interesante comparación de la dedicación requerida para ser docente en cinco países del mundo.

Niki Davis's curator insight, May 19, 6:16 AM

Looks too certain to me - there must be enormous difficulties in measuring this across cultures, contexts and other aspects of these rapidly evolving ecosystems. 

Heather Morrow Giles's curator insight, June 19, 10:19 AM

this is why we go home so tired!

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Teach100 | Teach.com

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Just found this gem, and I do mean GEM!!! A daily ranking of educational blogs that list the latest posting on each one!

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Is #Desktop #Linux #Secure? - Datamation | # ! Many Say '#Yes', but check it by #yourself

Is #Desktop #Linux #Secure? - Datamation | # ! Many Say '#Yes', but check it by #yourself | Tips for Teaching Online | Scoop.it
In the wake of Heartbleed, is the Linux desktop truly safe?

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Excellent advice for any computer regardless of the OS used!! While I use Linux 99% of the time, some of this advice should be applied when using Windows also! Some of this may not be under the control of a typical user of a Windows computer. Nevertheless they should try to verify these steps have been or are taken for the network they regularly use, regardless of their personal knowledge level of computers!!!

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# ! Many Say '#Yes', but check it by #yourself

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The Selfie Syndrome- Great Visual

The Selfie Syndrome- Great Visual | Tips for Teaching Online | Scoop.it
April , 2014
Since its inclusion into the Oxford English dictionary last year, the word selfie has witnessed an explosive popularity particularly in the social media arena. A selfie is a personal...
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Don't know if sharing this qualifies under these "guidelines"!? Interesting information nonetheless.

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Moodle Rubric Grading - Complete Guide - Super Moodle

Moodle Rubric Grading - Complete Guide - Super Moodle | Tips for Teaching Online | Scoop.it
The Moodle rubric, a system built for criteria-based assessment, explicitly describes the performance expectation for an assignment. The rubrics have several criteria and each criterion has several descriptive levels provided. A rubric identifies several attributes. They include descriptions, performance levels and the criteria.

Criteria take into account the performance aspects that an instructor intends to assess. The description attribute denotes the desired characteristics associated with a criterion. The performance level is a rating scale in rubric used to identify the level of mastery a student has within a given criteria. Each descriptive level has a numerical grade and an instructor can choose the level that answers a given criterion in the best way possible.

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For my teaching friends. Great guide to help set up Moodle grading rubrics!!

 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 29, 10:09 PM

Help your students hit the target by defining just where you want them to shoot.

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There are some helpful suggestions in this blog for those who are new to rubrics

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Disrupt Your Grading Rut: Alternative Assessment Methods for the Online Classroom

Disrupt Your Grading Rut: Alternative Assessment Methods for the Online Classroom | Tips for Teaching Online | Scoop.it
Authentic, learner-centered, collaborative assessment alternatives
Alternative assessment methods such as writing assignments, collaborative assignments, case studies, and debates can avoid the problems often associated with tests and quizzes. “There are many ways to approach assessment. It depends on the context of the course. When we teach faculty how to teach online, we try to give them a taste of a majority of those methods. I don’t know that we can cover all of them in one course, but there are multiple ways to get at the issues and make this a real-life situation for the students so they can actually learn from the process,” Pratt says.
Palloff and Pratt recommend selecting assessment methods that are learner-centered and authentic.

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For my Teaching friends. Great information about assessments focusing on more than simple memorizing information. With today's "age of information", open book testing can be used, when designed appropriately, to actually teach as well as assess.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 11, 11:10 AM

Words of wisdom: Balance traditional, time saving automatic grading with learner centered assessment methods. 

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"... but there are multiple ways to get at the issues and make this a real-life situation for the students so they can actually learn from the process" 

Sue Walsh's curator insight, October 17, 7:13 PM

it is a real challege to stretch thinking to real-life assessment approaches and take everyone on the journey. the focus on learner centred and authentic is great, and dare I mention the many of these approaches lend to assessment only pathways ... but thats a whole other challenge!

 

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Reflections on Learning Success: Improving Your Instructional Design Process

Reflections on Learning Success: Improving Your Instructional Design Process | Tips for Teaching Online | Scoop.it
RT @Rangerdavie: Improving Your Instructional Design Process http://t.co/aM8hq3bFe6 by http://t.co/vpzkdiMv95

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Nicely laid out description of how to improve your online course designing.

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Linda Kaiser, PhD's curator insight, October 13, 2:43 PM

This is an excellent article that examines the actual process of instructional design from a designer's perspective.  I think the idea of having a centralized repository for all artifacts in each stage of the process is a good one.  Discussion about the process itself is something that rarely receives focus like this. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 13, 3:15 PM

These are useful. What they don't measure and what is difficult to measure is the relational aspects that teaching is based upon.

 

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Download the Digital Citizenship Starter Kit from Edmodo & Common Sense Media

Download the Digital Citizenship Starter Kit from Edmodo & Common Sense Media | Tips for Teaching Online | Scoop.it

Today, Edmodo is excited to announce a partnership with Common Sense Media, a national non-profit dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology. As part of our partnership, we have created  a new resource for educators, the “Digital Citizenship Starter Kit,” which includes a series of activities and lessons designed to introduce digital citizenship concepts right in Edmodo. All lessons are based on Common Sense Media’s free K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum.


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Great resources for anyone not familiar with being online!!!

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 23, 5:20 PM

Excellent resources from reliable sources.  A back to school treasure chest of lesson and resources. 

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 24, 10:26 AM
Download the Digital Citizenship Starter Kit from Edmodo & Common Sense Media
Jennifer Futrell's curator insight, September 24, 11:31 AM

Common Sense Media is a fantastic teaching resource. 

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10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs - Edudemic

10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs - Edudemic | Tips for Teaching Online | Scoop.it
Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use. However, in addition to completing many of the functions of a traditional word processor, Google Docs provides even more capabilities that can be …

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Improved capabilities over "just a word processor". Best part is it can all happen in an environment for collaboration!!

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Copyright Flowchart: Can I Use It? Yes? No? If This... Then...

Copyright Flowchart: Can I Use It? Yes? No? If This... Then... | Tips for Teaching Online | Scoop.it
It is the responsibility of all educators to model good digital citizenship for their students. Especially when it comes to copyright, plagiarism and intellectual property. The waters are murky. No...

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Normally I don't go for Infographics however this one is nicely done, covering a very important topic. Unfortunately, my experience has been most students don't seem to pay attention to (or maybe bother with is more appropriate) citing other people's work. Copy and paste seems to be "acceptable as their work".

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Terrific Rubric to Help You Create Rubrics for Your Class

Terrific Rubric to Help You Create Rubrics for Your Class | Tips for Teaching Online | Scoop.it
May 27, 2014
Rubrics serve a wide variety of purposes most important of which is to guide the instructional process in class towards a set of predefined goals. Although most of teachers subsume the...
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Very nice rubric for developing rubrics!

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Customer Service Tip of the Day: How to Master Email Etiquette for Business

Customer Service Tip of the Day: How to Master Email Etiquette for Business | Tips for Teaching Online | Scoop.it

Email in the business world unfortunately gets overlooked in customer service training courses these days – in fact, it’s almost seen as passé. It’s assumed that everyone is so comfortable with email by now, that to take extra time to train people on email etiquette seems unnecessary. However, it... http://elearningfeeds.com/customer-service-tip-of-the-day-how-to-master-email-etiquette-for-business/


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Great tips to remember when writing email for a business purpose!

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11 Note-Taking Tips For The Digital Classroom - Edudemic

11 Note-Taking Tips For The Digital Classroom - Edudemic | Tips for Teaching Online | Scoop.it
Does the physical act of writing something down help you to remember it? What is the most effective way to take notes? How does all of this play into a more digital classroom?
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10% vs 80% retention! Take notes and review them!!

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Free Technology for Teachers: A Comparison of 11 Mobile Video Creation Apps

Free Technology for Teachers: A Comparison of 11 Mobile Video Creation Apps | Tips for Teaching Online | Scoop.it

"Tomorrow at the NCTIES 2014 conference I am facilitating a workshop on creating videos with mobile apps. I designed the workshop to accommodate users of iOS and Android devices. In preparation for the workshop I created this chart that compares the features and costs of eleven mobile video creation apps. The chart can be viewed as embedded below or you can grab a copy through Google Drive http://bit.ly/1mT9MlD ; (click "File" the "make copy" to save a copy for yourself)."


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Have to check out these possibilities!!

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John Rudkin's curator insight, May 14, 5:52 AM

This is a great comparison chart, useful for all teachers who are looking at video use in the classroom (or out of it0

David Cordts's curator insight, May 14, 9:33 AM

For the mobile video creators out there -- here's some information for your consideration.

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Google Tip of the Week: Google Add-Ons

This week Google added their new Add-ons feature into Google Docs and Sheets.  These tools will add features to your documents to help you be more efficient.  Who doesn't like efficiency?  Watch...
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Great posting from about 2 months ago . A couple of video tutorials regarding Add-ons for Google features!!

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Towards a New Pedagogy of Engaged Learning

Participatory culture by definition requires full engagement by learners, and it becomes their inclination when environments are well facilitated.  This article by Contact North provides a framework that can be used by facilitators to guide immersive learning.  “The importance of student e... http://elearningfeeds.com/towards-a-new-pedagogy-of-engaged-learning/


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Great report for increasing quality in education, especially online ed!

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