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How to Achieve True Learner Engagement: Tap Into These Core Motivators

How to Achieve True Learner Engagement: Tap Into These Core Motivators | Online Best Practices | Scoop.it
Ask Yourself These Questions

As an eLearning professional, you should be considering the following:

Are the conditions right for your students to succeed?
What makes your students curious?
How can you help your students achieve self-expression?
How can you motivate your students to learn?
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SCORE is a great reminder of how to set up your online course module! "S" is for success. How can you set it up for student success?  Make sure you have detailed all the information that they need to succeed within the module, and make sure that all links are working, videos are professionally done, assignment submission links are working, you have written the course verbiage so that students "hear" your voice in first person, and you have clearly explained what they need to do in order to be successful THIS week!

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How you think matters: Deep learning

How you think matters: Deep learning | Online Best Practices | Scoop.it
How we learn has a profound effect on the way we work and the results we produce. Researchers have found that there are three basic approaches to learning: Surface learning, strategic learning and ...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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This directly affects how we design, develop and teach online courses.  Specifically, how do we design for deep learning?  Deep learning integrates what students already know into what they will be learning and then points this new knowledge forward in ways that they can use to make real world application.

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Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, October 19, 2013 8:40 PM

Surface learning, strategic learning and deep learning (Bain, 2012).

Gary Harwell's curator insight, October 20, 2013 1:57 AM

which stus do we want?

Gary Harwell's curator insight, October 20, 2013 1:58 AM

Which students do we want?

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Statistician explores how faculty can excel in blended learning environments

Statistician explores how faculty can excel in blended learning environments | Online Best Practices | Scoop.it

Want to be rated an excellent instructor by your students?

Facilitate learning, show respect for students and communicate well and you are virtually guaranteed to get an overall rating of excellent, irrespective of anything else.


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These are quick best practices to remind ourselves of the necessity of interaction with F2F and online students. The three best practices listed here are cognitive, facilitative and social roles that instructors use for success learning and teaching.

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JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching

JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching | Online Best Practices | Scoop.it
What the Best Online Teachers Should Do
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This is a short article from one of the online learning community's premier journals (Journal of Online Learning and Teaching), and again you will see the focus on fostering student engagement, faculty interaction with students, and building interaction and engagement into the course.  These are instructors who have experience online and have worked through what it is to be "effective" online.

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Teaching online, learning, distance education, Faculty club on teachingonthenet at LERN

Teaching online, learning, distance education, Faculty club on teachingonthenet at LERN | Online Best Practices | Scoop.it
Teaching online, learning, distance education, Faculty club on TeachingOntheNet, your source for information and professional development on teaching by LERN
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This organization contracts to teach faculty how to delivery high quality courses online. Please note, again, the focus on faculty-student interaction and the importance of building a solid structure for online learning. 

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Why Vision Trumps All Other Senses For Learning

Why Vision Trumps All Other Senses For Learning | Online Best Practices | Scoop.it
While people debate whether or not different learning styles exist, I believe that one style of learning trumps all others: visual. Studies have shown that
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This is just a quick read of why visual prompts are integral to learning, and work as memory enhancers.

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11 Ways To Create Learning Experiences That Work

11 Ways To Create Learning Experiences That Work | Online Best Practices | Scoop.it
Every recommendation might not be right for your specific situation, but as a general rule, they'll help you create better learning experiences.
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Although this is on a social learning blog, it is simply another application of best practices for learning experiences. As you read, you will easily see the direct application to online learning. It wisely notes the importance of visual learning prompts that are relevant to the subject.

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Best Practices and Expectations for Online Teaching | Faculty Development

Best Practices and Expectations for Online Teaching | Faculty Development | Online Best Practices | Scoop.it
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The Penn State World Campus is well known for its faculty training and research in online education. Again, these best practices and Expectations are informed by experienced faculty members.

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10 Principles of Effective Online Teaching: Best Practices in Distance Education

10 Principles of Effective Online Teaching: Best Practices in Distance Education | Online Best Practices | Scoop.it
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These are best practices from faculty members themselves who have been teaching online for years. This is a little long, but a great resource!

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Top Tips for Responsive eLearning Instructional Design

Top Tips for Responsive eLearning Instructional Design | Online Best Practices | Scoop.it
“I need the content to work on a phone and a tablet as well as on a
desktop.” This is a request we’re hearing more and more each day. In the new
era of multi-device delivery, instruction designers struggle to find the one
design to...

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Responsive design is one of the most important factors for online courses design and development. Even if our faculty and administration do not immediately see its use, our students demand the flexibility and variety of multiple devices and learning modalities.  One only has to observe our current students to see that they are mobile driven and mobile savvy.  We have to adapt to the current technologies that they use and learn with, and not expect them to remain at the level of technology that we learned ten years ago.  Part of an Instructional Designer's job is to keep current in technology, social media and web apps and tools. Any one up for the challenge?

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What We Can Learn from Unsuccessful Online Students

What We Can Learn from Unsuccessful Online Students | Online Best Practices | Scoop.it
There are many studies that look at how online students differ from those in face-to-face classes in terms of performance, satisfaction, engagement, and other factors. It is well-known that online course completion rates tend to be lower than those for traditional classes. But relatively little is known about what the unsuccessful online student has to say about his or her own experience and how they would improve online learning. Yet these insights can be vital for distance educators.
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This article lists nine ways to retain students in your online course. Scroll down into the article to find it. I believe that the first is exceptionally true - that faculty need to go above and beyond to demonstrate their expertise. There are certainly a variety of teaching methods and techniques available for use in the online courses which make this an easier task!

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Essay calls for professors to start teaching students about distraction and attention @insidehighered

Essay calls for professors to start teaching students about distraction and attention @insidehighered | Online Best Practices | Scoop.it

In my book Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology, I foreground attention as the starting point for everything designers of college-level online learning experiences should know about human cognition. Without attention, much of what we want students to accomplish -- taking in new information, making new connections, acquiring and practicing new skills -- simply doesn’t happen. And thus, gaining students’ focus is a necessary first step in any well-designed learning activity, whether online or face-to-face.


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This quick article reflects Gagne's conditions of learnings in a general way. It is so important to remember that we do this in the F2F classroom each time we teach, and it is just as necessary in the online classroom.

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1091 Ten Best Practices for Teaching Online

1091 Ten Best Practices for Teaching Online | Online Best Practices | Scoop.it
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This article is sponsored by The Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning, and is part of their faculty development mailing list. Rick Reis explains each best practice in great detail, and because of his research and own teaching experience, these are tried and true practices to enhance your course build and your course delivery.  A recommended read!!! They are taken from Boettcher's text, which is another excellent resource for you. 

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Best Practice Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity in Online Education

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All faculty members and administrators of online programs are heavily concerned with academic integrity in online testing and online submissions. Although this is true of all faculty, both in F2F and online environments, the online requires more development and preparation for exams since the distance between the instructor and the student factors in so greatly. This article has some GREAT ideas about how to proof your course in such ways that it increases the potential for your students to maintain their academic integrity while taking the course.

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Chickering and Gamson 7 Rules for Undergraduate Education » Center for Instructional Technology & Training » University of Florida

Chickering and Gamson 7 Rules for Undergraduate Education » Center for Instructional Technology & Training » University of Florida | Online Best Practices | Scoop.it

7 principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education
By Arthur W. Chickering and Zelda F. Gamson. The Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education was published in 1987 by Arthur W. Chickering and Zelda F. Gamson. In 1991 Chickering and Gamson published a book entitled "Applying the Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education". The original article and book are based on decades of research on undergraduate education supported by the Association for Higher Education, The Education Commission of States, and the Johnson Foundation.

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Please click on the blue bar "Application to All Courses" for the content of this material. A practical explanation and examples of each are provided for instructors. You will recognize that Sakai and Canvas are LMSs from UNF. Our LMS is Moodle, so just substitute Moodle when you see Sakai or Canvas!  You will easily recognize Moore's Interaction, Structure, and Autonomy constructs and see them demonstrated in easily usable techniques. Also easily evident is the use of Garrison's Student/Instructor/Content interaction, and it is spelled out in practical ways for your use. Last, please note the use of web 2.0 tools for interaction and variety in learning engagement. 

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A Shot of Theory – Gagne's 9 Events | Learning strategy and design

A Shot of Theory – Gagne's 9 Events | Learning strategy and design | Online Best Practices | Scoop.it
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Gagne's theory is simple and direct, having immediate and practical impact on your course. It is the basis on most Instructional Design practice, and now has wide-spread use in F2F courses as well. It is one of many learning theories with direct practical application that have been used widely in online learning, and used in F2F learning also. This is a short and sweet approach to Gagne - enjoy!

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Best Practices for Teaching Online | Brown University

Best Practices for Teaching Online | Brown University | Online Best Practices | Scoop.it
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These best practices are from Brown University, School of Professional Studies. Again, these best practices are from faculty members themselves who have a great deal of online experience. The principles are highly consistent with those practices that our online organizations have been putting forward as well.

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