The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching
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The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching
All about blended and online learning, primarily for higher education.
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21 Things 4 iPads in Education

21 Things 4 iPads in Education | The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Learn to more effectively use iPads to improve instruction and productivity!

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This looks like a site that is frequently updated to show iPad apps that can be used for instruction. Lots of free and paid apps.

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Learning Objectives: Stems and Samples

Learning Objectives: Stems and Samples | The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Generally, learning objectives are written in terms of learning outcomes: What do you want your students to learn as a result of the lesson? Follow the three-step process below for creating learning objectives.

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Sometimes it's difficult to start writing objectives. This site gives you stems of learning objectives that you can complete. Examples:

After completing the lesson, the student will be able to . . .
After this unit, the student will have . . .
By completing the activities, the student will . . .
At the conclusion of the course/unit/study the student will . . .

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Bloomin' Apps

Bloomin' Apps | The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Includes all the Bloomin' versions in one place! This page gathers all of the Bloomin' Apps projects in one place. Each of the images has clickable hotspots and includes suggestions for iPad, Google, Android, and Web 2.0 applications to support each of the levels of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy.

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This site redesigns the Bloom's Taxonomy pyramid into different formats (like the one in the image above), but the real gem is the list of apps that corresponds to each category of Bloom's Taxonomy. She lists technologies for the iPad, Andropid, Google apps, and web 2.0 apps. Scroll to the bottom of the page for these lists!

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VCU CTE - Preparing Students for Online Learning

VCU CTE - Preparing Students for Online Learning | The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

there are specific practices that you can do to prepare your students for online learning.

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This site provides some helpful tips for you to implement in your online course in order for your students to be successful

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Nine Tenets of Passion-Based Learning

Nine Tenets of Passion-Based Learning | The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

"We hear a lot about “passion-based” learning, and although in theory it sounds ideal, there are many factors to consider in building an education system around something as intangible as passion."

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This article is written for K-12 teachers who have contact with their students every day. However, the 9 tenets of passion-based learning can apply to teaching in higher education, too:

1. Reach out to the disenfranchised: "While drop-outs are considered to be lazy and unmotivated, many are simply not interested because they don’t understand the relevance of what they’re being taught."

2. Show relevance to life outside of school: "When you’re doing work that matters, with people who matter, you’re willing to suffer and study more"

3. Indoctrinate passion into the system: "School administrators should support teachers and empower them to be creative."

4. Try using the schoolwide enrichment model: "The Schoolwide Enrichment Model identifies student strengths, nurtures skills, and creates authentic opportunities for students to utilize these skills not just as students, but as practicing professionals providing experiences and opportunities to work and learn with others in the fields in which they are interested."

5. Digital media is the key: that passion involves an extreme performance with a deep questioning disposition. Without digital media, this quest is not possible in formal education."

6. Tap into the wisdom of your trusted peers: "Teachers need to publish their innovative work and share it with their personal learning networks."

7. Become a digital citizen: "Students need to be shown what’s appropriate and instructive with social media in and out of the classroom. Schools’ banning of social media sites impedes this process."

8. Passion is infectious: "Being around passionate people is the best way to become passionate."

9. Connect with parents: "By identifying strengths and talents of parents, parents gain a sense of recognition and human value – they feel engaged." (Okay, this probably doesn't apply to higher ed.)

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Quantifying Online Learning Contact Hours

the development of the APUS Online Learning Contact Hour Calculator stemmed from an evaluation of all university courses for the purpose of ascertaining structural issues, compliance with university guidelines, level of rigor, instructor interaction, and other course issues. As such, the calculator was designed to benefit faculty and program directors in effectively and systematically assessing total course contact hours.

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This tool helps you determine how many contact hours your online components equate to an on-campus course.

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eLearning Landscape (Sloan-C's blog)

eLearning Landscape (Sloan-C's blog) | The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Insight, Inspiration and Vision. A blog about blended and online learning."

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This is the Sloan Consortium's blog, and anyone can contribute. I'm biased because I work for them. :-)

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Automatic captions in YouTube

Automatic captions in YouTube | The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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Need to add captions to your screencast or video? Use YouTube!

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Creating a Humanized Syllabus - with Populr!

Creating a Humanized Syllabus - with Populr! | The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

College students want to get to the meat and bones of a class, understand what it consists of, and how it stacks up against other classes.

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This article by Michelle Pacansky-Brock explains how to create a visual syllabus for online courses.

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Giving student feeback in Word

How to use the features of Word to give feeback to students.
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This video shows how to use the "Review" features in Word...but, better still...it shows how to record audio comments and insert those in the Word document.

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Mid-term Evaluation forms - downloadable docs

If you choose to administer the Mid-Course Evaluation in class via hard-copy, choose a class session about halfway through the semester and allot ten minutes at the end of a class for completion. If you teach a 3-hour course, it is a good idea to give the forms out right after the break, rather than the end of class. Ask a student to collect the completed evaluations and deliver them directly to you at the end of class. Then leave the room while students fill them out, so they feel comfortable providing honest feedback.

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Cool! Lots of examples of mid-semester student feedback forms that can be used in-the-classroom or online to give formative feedback to the instructor.

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Shindig - Video chat for the masses

Shindig - Video chat for the masses | The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Shindig is building a patent-pending software architecture for online engagement based around video chat. Everyone hates video chat. We figured out why and fixed it!
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This service allows up to 1000 people to simultaneously connect to a video chat. It would be great for a MOOC that wants to provide student-student and student-instructor interaction.

 

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The GPS Lifeplan for Online Students

The GPS Lifeplan for Online Students | The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The GPS LifePlan helps students set goals and design plans that will lead them to the success they desire in the area of Career, Education, Finance, Leadership, and Personal.
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Check out this site that's successfully created welcoming student and faculty spaces on a virtual campus. It nurtures the whole person, not just their academic life. I think it will help students and faculty feel connected and supported by the university at a high-level. This may not replace face-to-face "high-touch" experiences, but it does outshine a typical online experience.

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How to Record Screencast Videos on your iPad or iPhone

How to Record Screencast Videos on your iPad or iPhone | The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
This detailed guide describes the various options that will help you record movies (screencasts) of your iPad or iPhone screen. You can use it for capturing app demos, game walkthroughs and more.
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I've been looking for ways to record classes for students who travel. Ran across this article that shows how to do screen recordings with your iPad. Good stuff!

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Affordable College Textbooks

Affordable College Textbooks | The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Where you can access 100+ college textbooks by expert authors. Faculty can personalize content at the line level; students can choose print and digital formats. Access entire textbooks starting at $24.
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These textbooks aren't free for students, but at $20-$40 each, they're far less expensive than traditional textbooks! I love that you can personalize the textbooks to meet the needs of your course.

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eLearning tools

eLearning tools | The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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This is a graphic that shows a variety of e-learning, online tools for getting-things-done with your students

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The HyFlex Learning Model: Online Ed's Most Customizable Idea Yet

The HyFlex Learning Model: Online Ed's Most Customizable Idea Yet | The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Read on as we explain the origins, meaning, and benefits of the innovative new learning model, HyFlex.
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This gives a brief overview of the HyFlex course delivery method, where students are given a chance to attend the same class session (same teacher, same section) either on-campus or online.

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Adobe Connect Tutorials for Meetings

Adobe Connect Tutorials for Meetings | The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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These are great hints on customizing your Adobe Connect meetings. Their created by users of Adobe Connect, and I've used several. The hints are for current and legacy versions of Connect, and there's no indication in the titles, so you'll need to do some scouting for the tutorials that benefit your meetings.

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Report: Online Completion Rates Only Trail On-Campus Rates Slightly

Report: Online Completion Rates Only Trail On-Campus Rates Slightly | The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Completion rates for on-campus courses are only slightly higher than those for online courses, according to a new report from the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies.
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This is a report from WICHE. Here are the key findings that I found most interesting:

 

More than 85 percent of respondents told researchers they had adopted standards or best practices for online courses;z

Though approximately 60 percent of respondents said their institution uses open content for courses, 83 percent said the "vast majority" of course contentwas developed by faculty;

Fifty-eight percent of respondents said their institution requires new online faculty to participate in some kind of development prior to teaching their first course online;

New courses are slightly more likely to be reviewed, at 53 percent, than existing courses, at 48, according to respondents;

Only 22 percent of respondents said their institution requires students to take an orientation prior to online classes;

Only 30 percent of respondents said around-the-clock technical support was available to their online students;

Sixteen percent of responding institutions reported that they have no policy regarding students with disabilities and online courses and 36 percentsaid they rely on faculty to provide support for disabled students
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MOOCs: A systematic study of the published literature 2008-2012

MOOCs: A systematic study of the published literature 2008-2012 | The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

This paper seeks to classify academic research relating to MOOCs, based on a systematic review of the existing peer reviewed MOOC literature.

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This study studies the research of MOOCs from 2008-2012, and divides MOOCs into two categories: cMOOCs and xMOOCs. Fun!!!

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National Center On Universal Design for Learning

National Center On Universal Design for Learning | The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.

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This site is the GO TO site for information on universal design for learning. You can download the complete set of UDL principles as a Word or PDF booklet.

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At a 2014 online learning conference, preparing faculty for online education dominates agenda

At a 2014 online learning conference, preparing faculty for online education dominates agenda | The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

The interest in sessions devoted to faculty development echoes the findings in the 2013 Campus Computing Survey, released in October, in which 79 percent of respondents rated faculty training as “very important.”

Jason Rhode, director of distributed learning at Northern Illinois University, said course and faculty development often go hand in hand, which could explain why so many attendees crammed into the breakout sessions to hear how other institutions are training their instructors.

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In addition to a broad overview of the necessity of faculty development for online teaching, this article explains how one institution trains their faculty to create and deliver online courses.

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12 Things You Should Never Do When You Teach Online

12 Things You Should Never Do When You Teach Online | The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
A lot of great articles talk about what you should do when you teach online. But what a new online teacher really needs is a list of what NOT to do when teaching online.
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Yikes!

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Benefits, Impact and Process of Mid-course Student Evaluations

Benefits, Impact and Process of Mid-course Student Evaluations | The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
"Student ratings showed improvement in proportion to the extent to which the faculty member engaged with the midcourse evaluation. Faculty who read the student feedback and did not discuss it with their students saw a 2 percent improvement in their online student rating scores. Faculty who read the feedback, discussed it with students, and did not make changes saw a 5 percent improvement. Finally, faculty who conducted the midcourse evaluation, read the feedback, discussed it with their students, and made changes saw a 9 percent improvement"
Jennifer Light's insight:

Mid-course student feedback sessions allow instructors to collect feedback from students midway through the course. Students discuss the course's strengths and make suggestions for iprovement using forms and small groups. These are best conducted midway through the course so students have enough time to experience the course and instructors have enough time to make use of the feedback. Using mid-course feedback improves the end-of-course evaluations by several points, and is low-stakes for the instructor because the administration never sees the student feedback.

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What MOOCs are supposed to be...

What MOOCs are supposed to be... | The Smart Teacher's Guide to Blended and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Massive open online courses were never meant to be dull and lonely. But how can the courses encourage more student-to-student and student-to-faculty interaction?
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I like this article because it supports the notion that MOOCs can be multidimentional. They don't need to be wholy text-based and one-to-many. It also introduced me to the video chat application called Shindig that allows live video chat with up to 1000 people.

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