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Engaging Students in Online Courses: Adding Experiential to Asynchrony

Engaging Students in Online Courses: Adding Experiential to Asynchrony | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
To effectively engage in online learning that involves interactivity, students need to develop a sense of technology competence. While our most tech-savvy students have no problems jumping right in, others may need a scaffolded approach to engaging in online interactivity.
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Moving beyond the LMS basics - intriguing ideas.

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The Humanizing Tool Buffet for your online courses

The Humanizing Tool Buffet for your online courses | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
A collection of emerging tools just right for humanizing your online course.

Peruse the buffet, click on the links, and sample what looks intriguing and helpful to you!
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Here's a rich source for inspiration and new ideas.  Create a rich instructor presence in your online classes with "Tools that Deliver the Human Touch".  

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Behaviors & Strategies for Improving Your Instructor Presence

Behaviors & Strategies for Improving Your Instructor Presence | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Establishing a connection with online learners is a demonstrated strategy for increasing student motivation in online classes (Jones, Kolloff & Kolloff, 2008) and a marker of instructor excellence (Palloff & Pratt, 2011). Employing the the behaviors and strategies noted below is an effective step towards making your online students' learning more relevant and increasing their investment in your class (DuCharme-Hansen, Dupin-Bryant, 2005).
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Connect with your students by being present (even if you are teaching at a distance)!

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“How do you keep students engaged and on task?"

“How do you keep students engaged and on task?" | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
“How do you keep students engaged and on task?” I am frequently asked this question when I train teachers on blended learning models. The concern implied in this question is that if I am not working directly with students that they will immediately be off task or disruptive. In actuality, classroom management has never been a big issue for me. In part, I credit my lesson design for keeping them interested, engaged, and on task. I blend a mix of online and offline work that allows students opportunities to self-pace through activities, work collaboratively with their peers, and make key decisions about how they learn.
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Catlin Tucker shares her blended classroom experience in a series of strong articles. Learn to "... mix and match media, link to online websites, and engage students in polls, collaborative brainstorms, and written responses."

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Interactive Video – Key Tools For an Immersive Learning Experience

Interactive Video – Key Tools For an Immersive Learning Experience | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
In this article, we will walk you through the features of some of the interactive video tools that can take learning experience to a different level. Also we have included, at the end, a feature comparison table for the various tools.
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This tool review article should spark some ideas on how to make your videos more effective. 

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Terry Smith's curator insight, June 9, 2017 5:18 PM
This article is a good summation for those who are interested in creating their own interactive videos. I have some exposure to H5P but less familiar with the others.  Interactive active videos are a great way to wed content and student engagement.
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How to Humanize Your Online Class (Infographic and slideshow)

How to Humanize Your Online Class (Infographic and slideshow) | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Humanized learning increases the relevance of content and improves students' motivation to log-in week-after-week. When students relate to an online instructor as something more than a subject matter expert and begin to conceive of themselves as part of a larger community, they are more likely to be motivated, be satisfied with their learning, and succeed in achieving the course objectives (Picciano, 2002; Rovai & Barnum, 2003;  Richardson & Swan, 2003).
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Click through to a great infographic with a powerful presentation slideshow feature.  These are ideas that EVERY online teacher should know. 

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, April 24, 2017 4:30 PM
Nice infographic :)
Daniel Collins's curator insight, July 10, 2017 12:15 AM
An infographic with some great ideas the online teacher can try with their courses.
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School Isn't The Movies: How To Unlecture Video Instruction

School Isn't The Movies: How To Unlecture Video Instruction | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Videos can be a great way to deliver content learning to students. But how do you leverage video instruction to maximize learning? After all, school isn't the movies.
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The author makes a great point: encouraging students to take notes while watching a video is pushing them toward inefficient multi-tasking.  Better to build in a pause with a thought provoking question!

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Dial up the Dynamics: Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible

Dial up the Dynamics: Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Developing critical listening and speaking skills is an essential element of a student's higher-education experience. However, verbally presenting one's ideas and listening to contributions made by student peers are not typical experiences for online students, as most activities in online classes consist of reading and writing. As online course offerings increase, institutions have an obligation to ensure faculty are empowered to teach with tools that enable students to learn out loud. These tools and the content created with them must be accessible to all learners, including those who are hard of hearing and have vision impairments.
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Online teachers who use audio and video to connect with their students get better results. Asking your students to use audio and video tools to express their understanding dials up the dynamics of online teaching. Don't let accessibility concerns stop you! Go for it.

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Research: Video Production and Engagement: Guidelines for the Talking Heads

Recently Juho Kim, a Ph.D. student at MIT, Rob Rubin, the VP of Engineering at edX, and Philip J. Guo from the University of Rochester  How Video Production Affects Student Engagement: An Empirical Study of MOOC Videos at the ACM Conference on Learning at Scale (L@S).

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This research should help all online teachers lighten up and step up to the power of video technology in the online classroom. 

 

My KEY take away: "Videos produced with a more personal feel could be more engaging than high-fidelity studio recordings."

 

Use your excitement about your subject create presence and engagement in your online classes.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, September 10, 2016 6:47 PM

Interesantes resultados y recomendaciones que surgen de un estudio realizado a partir del análisis de la data recogida de la observación de 6.9 millones de sesiones de videos por parte de estudiantes de cuatro cursos edX y de entrevistas con equipos de producción de dichos videos. Se midió el nivel de interés (engagement) que estos videos provocaron en los estudiantes de manera indirecta a través del tiempo en que estos permanecían observando el video. Aún cuando esta no es ni siquiera una buena medida para comprender el impacto de estos contenidos multimedia en el aprendizaje de los alumnos, el estudio brinda algunas interesantes luces sobre como deben producirse estos videos para fines educativos y conseguir al menos que los estudiantes no se aburran rápidamente con ellos.

Roberto Aníbal Arce's curator insight, October 12, 2016 9:52 PM
Para nuestros cursantes de edición de video
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, November 14, 2016 1:16 AM
Research: Video Production and Engagement: Guidelines for the Talking Heads
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Simple Twist Improves Engagement: Mini-Scenarios for Assessment

Simple Twist Improves Engagement: Mini-Scenarios for Assessment | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Scenario-based learning often means complex branching or simulations, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. You can use mini-scenarios to make your assessments more relevant and valuable. One of the big advantages of using mini-scenarios is that they’re fast and easy to build. You don’t need any special tools; any tool that can create a multiple choice question can be used for mini-scenarios.
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A simple twist on the typical multiple choice question can improve engagement.  Try it?

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, March 15, 2016 10:40 PM

A simple twist on the typical multiple choice question can improve engagement.  Try it?

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A simple twist on the typical multiple choice question can improve engagement.  Try it?

Andrew J Gibson's curator insight, April 4, 2016 8:59 AM

A simple twist on the typical multiple choice question can improve engagement.  Try it?

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Maryellen Weimer: Active Learning: In Need of Deeper Exploration | Faculty Focus

Maryellen Weimer: Active Learning: In Need of Deeper Exploration | Faculty Focus | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

WeWhat we next need to know about active learning won’t be all that easy to figure out, but it’s time we moved from generic understandings to the specific details.

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Do you think active learning is easier to assess online or face to face. (You know where I stand on this one!)

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Online Labs: the time is now

Online Labs: the time is now | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Even as online courses proliferate on campus, those programs face a challenge: How do you give students access to high-octane software and big data sets they need for their classes when they can't simply walk into a computer lab on campus and log in?
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Preparing your students for the real world actually means going beyond the conventional hands on lab. Using the current power tools in the cloud preps them for their future.  

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Are long winded lectures educational mal-practice? Time to pay attention to the research.

Are long winded lectures educational mal-practice? Time to pay attention to the research. | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Numerous studies have demonstrated that students retain little of our lectures, and research on determining the “average attention span,” while varying, seems to congregate around eight to ten minutes (“Attention Span Statistics,” 2015), (Richardson, 2010).
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One thing is clear: It's time to get off the long winded soap box and pay attention to the research.


This piece is addressed to traditional faculty struggling to break their long lecture habits. As such it applies directly to online faculty who retained their long lecture habit when they moved to the virtual classroom.  


Recent research from EDx (Harvard and MIT) indicates that a short, 6 minute, talking head lecture from an enthusiastic teacher is highly effective.  See Optimal Video Length for Student Engagement: http://blog.edx.org/optimal-video-length-student-engagement/


It is difficult to give up long held assumptions about our teaching practice.  One benefit of the 'disruption' caused by online learning is having a database record of teaching effectiveness. As teachers we need to keep the lectures short.  If we've got more to say - chunk it!

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Scott J. Simmerman's curator insight, September 1, 2015 9:47 AM
And this has a LOT to do with employee engagement and with leading change or organizational improvement. Those lecture-type talking head meetings and events simply do not effectively communicate. More inter-activity and participative involvement are needed to improve impacts. Does anyone actually remember ANYTHING from High School???
Sue Walsh's curator insight, September 1, 2015 11:28 PM

The challenge before us!!

Bruce Hopkins's curator insight, September 6, 2015 12:34 PM
I totally agree. The kids of today are not going to pay attention to a long lecture. 15 minutes videos in a play list is much more effective for inducing learning that 2 hours droning on.
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Massive Study Finds Lectures Still Dominate STEM Education

Massive Study Finds Lectures Still Dominate STEM Education | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
One potential culprit captured by the study: Faculty may lack the training necessary to take advantage of smaller class sizes, open classroom layouts and other strategies meant to reduce the reliance on conventional lecturing. Lectures did occur less often in smaller than larger classes, the study found, and open layouts did correlate with more student-centered learning. But about half of the courses with those advantages still featured more conventional lecturing than interactive or student-centered teaching styles.
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"Enough with the lectures already!' 

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When a Nudge Feels Like a Shove | EdSurge News

When a Nudge Feels Like a Shove | EdSurge News | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
These days more and more colleges are setting up systems that automatically email students when an algorithm determines they are academically at risk
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If Collaboration Makes Us Better, Why Aren't More Leaders Doing It? - Peter DeWitt's Finding Common Ground - Education Week

If Collaboration Makes Us Better, Why Aren't More Leaders Doing It? - Peter DeWitt's Finding Common Ground - Education Week | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
What puts leaders at risk of failure is that too many of them believe they have to be experts at every single one of those responsibilities. After all, they were hired to lead? This is where we need to foster a change in mindset, because no one can meet all of the demands of leadership by themselves. And no one, needs to be an expert at everything. What leaders need is the belief that they can meet those demands by working collaboratively with their staff and school community.
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Change comes from both directions of the educational power pyramid (or it doesn't come at all). 

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Andrea Ross's curator insight, March 30, 2:57 AM

Anyone that has just been appointed a manager or on the path of management will be scrambling around like crazy trying to learn what it takes to be an effective manager. You'll enjoy this article - collaboration is one of my own personal favorites and I believe it unites teams, gives them a common purpose and allows employees to be heard and trusted. Go On Collaborate Today for better results...

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The Learning House Online College Students 2017

The Learning House Online College Students 2017 | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Discover who is studying online. “Online College Students 2017: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences” explores a survey of 1,500 online students.
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Understanding student needs is essential for ongoing program improvement. At UW-Stout we strive for maximum student engagement. This research is valuable to us.
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Behaviors & Strategies for Improving Your Instructor Presence

Behaviors & Strategies for Improving Your Instructor Presence | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Establishing a connection with online learners is a demonstrated strategy for increasing student motivation in online classes (Jones, Kolloff & Kolloff, 2008) and a marker of instructor excellence (Palloff & Pratt, 2011). Employing the the behaviors and strategies noted below is an effective step towards making your online students' learning more relevant and increasing their investment in your class (DuCharme-Hansen, Dupin-Bryant, 2005).
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I dare you to read these lists of behavior and strategy ideas and not find something new.  Great resource. 

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MFaculty's curator insight, March 11, 2017 8:56 AM
This is a very simple process for meeting students where they are and strategically guiding them along the learning path. 
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Good stuff here
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Syllabus: Humanizing Online Learning

Syllabus: Humanizing Online Learning | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Michelle Pacansky-Broc: 

 

"When students relate to an online instructor as something more than a subject matter expert and begin to conceive of themselves as part of a larger community, they are more likely to be motivated, be satisfied with their learning, and succeed in achieving the course objectives (Picciano, 2002; Rovai & Barnum, 2003; Richardson & Swan, 2003). The end goals of humanized online learning are fostered through integrating learners voices, engaging students in the active construction of knowledge, fostering emotional connections, and providing students with choices. Ultimately, humanized learning increases the relevance of content to learners and improves one's motivation to log-in week-after-week."

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There is lots to be learned by just reading the syllabus for this two week online training from Cal-State University Channel Islands!

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, March 9, 2017 4:38 PM
Learning is often most effective when relational. Developing a human touch to online lessons and instructions is critical for engagement.
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Game On! Explore Games and Learning

Game On! Explore Games and Learning | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Games-based learning, gamification, and game style elements are perfect partners for training, K-12 and higher education courses, and corporate marketing strategies.
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Games engage learners in a way that lectures and tests miss.  Learn more about it all by clicking through the goodies in Shannon Mersand's fine article.

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Live, Online, Free: Hack the Classroom 9/24/16

Live, Online, Free: Hack the Classroom 9/24/16 | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Online live event
Saturday, September 24, 2016
8:00 AM-10:00 AM PST

As the world changes and is moving more rapidly, it can feel overwhelming to know what and how to incorporate new technology into your classroom. Hack the Classroom is an exciting online live event designed to inspire and enable you to incorporate new ideas and tools into your classroom so your students can achieve more. The key is to start with just a few small steps.
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Find out ways to take back your own classroom. Raise your teaching spirit for a new year. You are not alone - Go online to find what you need to make your teaching count.

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a-virtual - Claudia M Pagano's curator insight, September 22, 2016 7:40 AM

Find out ways to take back your own classroom. Raise your teaching spirit for a new year. You are not alone - Go online to find what you need to make your teaching count.

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Three Focusing Activities to Engage Students in the First 5 Minutes of Class

Three Focusing Activities to Engage Students in the First 5 Minutes of Class | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
When I teach workshops about designing the flipped classroom, I always encourage faculty to think carefully about the first five minutes of class. In my lesson plan template, one of the first tasks we discuss when planning in-class time is to prepare what I call a “focusing activity.”
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A routine of instant focus helps maximise every minute you have with your students. When they are with you in class Carpe Diem!

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Student Engagement Strategies for the Online Learning Environment

Student Engagement Strategies for the Online Learning Environment | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Our faculty development unit gathered data from students about how engaged they felt in their online courses.Their comments helped inform our teaching. 
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We teach best practices for online teaching in our Graduate Certificate Program at UW-Stout. This article gives you a give overview of those practices.

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We teach best practices for online teaching in our Graduate Certificate Program at UW-Stout. This article gives you a give overview of those practices.

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We teach best practices for online teaching in our Graduate Certificate Program at UW-Stout. This article gives you a give overview of those practices.

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We teach best practices for online teaching in our Graduate Certificate Program at UW-Stout. This article gives you a give overview of those practices.

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Virtual Seniors: Older People Are Making Friends & Learning

Virtual Seniors: Older People Are Making Friends & Learning | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Each week, the Virtual Senior Center offers some 30 online classes to homebound clients, from tai chi and exercise to contemporary history discussions and gallery talks with museum curators, as well as music appreciation and singing — even Mandarin. Participants use a simple touch-screen computer to join in, as well as to Skype, play games or use the Internet.
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If you teach online you know how real and connected the virtual classroom can feel.  At the Virtual Senior Center, people are leaning to reconnect with the world. 

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Sharp online student has smart advice for Blended Teachers

Sharp online student has smart advice for Blended Teachers | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Editors' Note: We asked San Jose high school sophomore Audrey Mullen to share how she and her peers actually use various edtech tools and how they really feel about their teachers’ blended learning approaches. The result is a straight-from-the-source playbook that no blend ed teacher--or entrepreneu
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Shift your point of view and get a better understanding of your students!

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, October 6, 2015 1:40 PM

I don't like the snide tone of this article, but the advice is dead on! 

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, October 7, 2015 6:57 AM

Extremely realistic, and honestly useful for us teachers!!!!

NancyEvans@ATS-LU's curator insight, October 7, 2015 2:49 PM

This insightful student says a lot about facilitating a blended class.

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