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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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E-Learning and Online Teaching (Blended) Graduate Certificate

E-Learning and Online Teaching (Blended) Graduate Certificate | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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Are you ready to go back to school?

 

  • Expand the geography of your career.
  • Follow your passion.
  • Boost your salary with new skills.

 

NEW: E-Learning and Online Teaching Career Center

 

About Us: The University of Wisconsin-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program specializes in highly personalized, discussion-based training in how to teach online. 

 

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Prepare for teaching in blended or virtual online classrooms or training in e-learning settings. Become an effective online instructor.


About Us: The University of Wisconsin-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program specializes in highly personalized, discussion-based training in how to teach online. 

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15 Assistive Technology Tools For Students With Disabilities

15 Assistive Technology Tools For Students With Disabilities | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
One tool to help students with disabilities even in the face of a special education teacher shortage is assistive technology. Today, assistive technology can help students with certain disabilities learn more effectively. Ranging in sophistication from “low” technologies such as a graphic organizer worksheet to “high” technologies including cutting-edge software and smartphone apps, assistive technology is a growing and dynamic field. Several areas of assistive technology and sample products may be found in any given classroom, making a difference in how students of all abilities learn.
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Tools to do the job we all love: teach!

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75 Digital Tools and Apps Teachers Can Use to Support Formative Assessment in the Classroom

75 Digital Tools and Apps Teachers Can Use to Support Formative Assessment in the Classroom | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
There is no shortage of strategies, techniques, and tools available to teachers who use formative instructional practice in their classrooms. We’ve compiled an extensive list of 75 digital tools, apps, and platforms that can help teachers and students use formative assessment to elicit evidence of student learning.
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Admit it. You can always use new ideas on how to provide formative assessment for your students. It doesn't matter if you teach grade school or graduate school, some of these tools will apply to what you do. 

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With so much emphasis put on high-stakes, high-pressure summative assessment, it's always useful to consider other ways of checking that learning has occurred. 
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6 Little-Known Rewards Of An Instructional Design Career

6 Little-Known Rewards Of An Instructional Design Career | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Christopher Pappas: "You probably know that Instructional Design is a rewarding career path with a brightly projected outlook. After all, the eLearning industry is growing by leaps and bounds, as organizations begin to realize its cost-saving benefits. However, there are some hidden rewards to this career path that aren't widely publicized. In fact, some of these lesser-known benefits keep Instructional Designers in the field for years. Read on to find 6 of the best reasons to begin your Instructional Design career."

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Many of the graduates from UW-Stout's Instructional Design Graduate Certificate Program have left traditional teaching in search of the bright new career Christopher Pappas describes in this timely article.

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Challenges for Computational Thinkers: Robotics, Coding, Makerspaces – A Combination Approach

Challenges for Computational Thinkers: Robotics, Coding, Makerspaces – A Combination Approach | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Tools, Tips, and fascinating articles about putting your hands on coding, robotics, making, and thinking. 

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Curious about the origins of coding, robotics, computational thinking and makerspaces?  Great articles click here. 

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EdTechs and Instructional Designers—What's the Difference? | EDUCAUSE

EdTechs and Instructional Designers—What's the Difference? | EDUCAUSE | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Both edtechs and instructional designers (IDs) work with computer systems and programs, yet their actual duties differ from traditional IT tasks. The resulting confusion over what edtechs and IDs do—and how the two roles differ—is rampant, not least in the sector that needs them most: higher education.
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Where do you fit? (Or perhaps... where would you like to fit?)

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Masie Center Learning Lab

Masie Center Learning Lab | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The MASIE Center Learning Lab is a $2 million facility we designed and built in Saratoga Springs, New York for Learning Research, Innovation and Benchmarking. The 10,000 square foot facility is an active "sandbox" used for our Labs & Learning CONSORTIUM activities.
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Over the years I've listened to Elliott Masie present at numerous conferences -- always a great keynote.  Basically, I like the way I think when I'm thinking about his ideas.  Consider it! 

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Last Call: 1st Cohort of 2019: Instructional Design Certificate

Last Call: 1st Cohort of 2019: Instructional Design Certificate | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

100% Online - First Course in the Program:

EDUC 765 930 Trends and Issues in Instructional Design
Instructor: Nicholle Stone
3 graduate credits
Spring: January 7 - March 1, 2019

This 8-week online instructional design course provides an introduction to learning theory, instructional design models, and the instructional design and development process.

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Start now and earn your certificate by the end of the year. Instructional design is a hot job market.  Learn your way into a new career (or enhance the one you have). 

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What Teachers Need if the U.S. Ever Wants to Be Globally Competitive

What Teachers Need if the U.S. Ever Wants to Be Globally Competitive | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
We should all be very, very worried about this. In fact, I wanted to make the title of this article “Nine Things Teachers Need if We Don’t Want a Dystopian Future in Which America’s Children Are a Pack of Raging, Illiterate Wildlings,” but my editor said it was too long.
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Are you a teacher?  What do you need?

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We should all be very, very worried about this. In fact, I wanted to make the title of this article “Nine Things Teachers Need if We Don’t Want a Dystopian Future in Which America’s Children Are a Pack of Raging, Illiterate Wildlings,” but my editor said it was too long.

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Kathy Schrock: 23 Years on the web and still going strong

Kathy Schrock: 23 Years on the web and still going strong | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
As an educational technologist, I continue to learn each day. When I develop new presentations or explore a new passion, I create a page of resources. This site will serve as the entry point to these resources, ideas, tips, and tricks. The links to the pages are below.
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I've been following Kathy Schrock for almost as long as she's been on the net. I've heard her speak multiple times at ISTE conferences and have always referred to her indispensable ShrockGuide to the Internet as a 'Schrock-Solid' source of expertly curated content. Indeed all of her sites are 'Bookmark Worthy': http://ipads4teaching.net , http://kathyschrock.net , and http://blog.kathyschrock.net   

 

If you haven't been to her sites, what a treat awaits. If you have, you know I'm not exaggerating!  Thanks Kathy for all you do!

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Gary Liu: The rapid growth of the Chinese internet -- and where it's headed | TED Talk

Gary Liu: The rapid growth of the Chinese internet -- and where it's headed | TED Talk | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The Chinese internet has grown at a staggering pace -- it now has more users than the combined populations of the US, UK, Russia, Germany, France and Canada. Even with its imperfections, the lives of once-forgotten populations have been irrevocably elevated because of it, says South China Morning Post CEO Gary Liu. In a fascinating talk, Liu details how the tech industry in China has developed -- from the innovative, like AI-optimized train travel, to the dystopian, like a social credit rating that both rewards and restricts citizens.
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The world appetite for basic online education is real, and present.  I've lived for years with the core belief that "The future belongs to the educated."  The future in China rapidly becoming very bright. 

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Artificial Intelligence: The Robots Are Now Hiring

Artificial Intelligence: The Robots Are Now Hiring | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The practice is part of a general trend of some hiring companies to move away from assessing candidates based on their resumes and skills, towards making hiring decisions based on people’s personalities.
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What could an AI glean about your personality by analysing your social media presence?  How would you feel about an employer scanning your video interview to feed an artificial intelligence algorithm as it compares your micro-gestures to those of proven producers?   It's a brave new world of work out there.  

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Webinar 10/3 @2 CST - for K-12 Online and Blended Educators - Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative 

Webinar 10/3 @2 CST - for K-12 Online and Blended Educators - Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative  | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Transforming Professional Learning - Meeting the Needs of Online and Blended Educators by Michele Nickels | This newsletter was created with Smore, an online tool for creating beautiful newsletters for for individual educators, schools and districts
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Learn about a new survey tool from expert researchers. They report on their first survey. 

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2:00-2:05 p.m.Welcome & Introductions

2:05-2:25 p.m. Research Tool Development for Professional Learning Challenges & Preferences

2:25-2:35 p.m. Evidence from the Field: The Data Says and Implementation Strategies

2:35-2:50 p.m. Educational Practitioners Perspectives from the Field

2:50-3:00 p.m. Questions and Closing Remarks

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Top 50 Math Sites and Apps | Tech & Learning

Top 50 Math Sites and Apps | Tech & Learning | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Throughout the last few years I've compiled quite a few lists of my favorite sites/apps for a variety of subjects.  Mobile learning and BYOD (bring your own device) is making it easier for students to learn, especially in the subject of math.
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Math Teachers, All Teachers: Dig in to find the right tool at the right time. 

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Academic freedom is essential to democracy

Academic freedom is essential to democracy | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Since higher education is, by definition, an environment where new knowledge is produced and consumed, it follows that the freedom to engage in intellectual inquiry is essential to the purpose of higher education, to the mission of higher education institutions and to the professional duties of those individuals involved in teaching, learning and research processes.
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Freedom carved in stone erodes slowly.  Freedom made of bits and bytes, may not be so enduring.

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Self-Directed Learning: Developing Agentic Learners

Self-Directed Learning: Developing Agentic Learners | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
This is a series of five blog posts on Self-Directed Learning (SDL), which has become somewhat of a vogue term in the present educational context. For example, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills identified SDL as one of the life and career skills necessary to prepare students for post-secondary education and the workforce.

In this series, Dennis Sale from Singapore Polytechnic, will unpack SDL in terms of what it actually means and entails as a human capability (e.g., the key underpinning competencies) and how teaching/training professionals can best design and facilitate learning experiences (e.g., strategies) to enhance students’ self-directed learning.
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Developing Agentic Learners --  Sounds like an apt coined phrase. Just found this jewel on Michael Barbour's Virtual School Meanderings site.  Thanks Mike, You're the best!

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OER Survey and Adoption Growth: It pays to check source material -

OER Survey and Adoption Growth: It pays to check source material - | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Nearly one-quarter of faculty that teach large enrollment introductory courses report that they are using OER in some fashion, with more of these faculty responding that use OER as supplemental rather than as required materials. The rates are lower across all faculty, with 13% reporting using OER as required course material in at least one of their courses.

These numbers represent a large increase over those in previous years, with the overall faculty rate of required OER use climbing from 5% two years ago to 6% in 2016-17, and then making a large jump to 13% this year. Given the sometimes vague understanding of the OER and its licensing, care must be taken in interpreting these results. Are faculty lumping any free resource into the OER category, even those that are not licensed as OER? Based on previous results we have to assume that there is some level of over-reporting in these figures of OER use; we just don't know how much of an impact this is having.
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OER = Open Educational Resources -- Want to induce a bit of sticker shock?  Take a look at text book prices. Then begin thinking about student debt. Then take a deep breath and explore OER.

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10 Tips for Effective Online Discussions | EDUCAUSE

10 Tips for Effective Online Discussions | EDUCAUSE | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
These tips can help educators ensure that online discussions are engaging and beneficial for postsecondary students.
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If just one of these 10 tips lands right on you, it's worth the scanning time investment. 

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Transitioning from Teaching to Instructional Design 8-8-18

Christy Tucker,  tells (and shows) you how she made the move from teacher to ID.

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Here's one designer's journey from middle school music teacher to busy instructional designer. 

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e-Literate: by Phil Hill: North American Higher Ed LMS Market Share by Enrollments: A consolidating market

e-Literate: by Phil Hill: North American Higher Ed LMS Market Share by Enrollments: A consolidating market | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

In this view below we share North American (US and Canada combined) total enrollment for LMSs that are primary - that is, available for the entire institution. It is important to note that during an LMS transition there is often a period of time (6 - 18 months) where two systems overlap, with both available to the school. Therefore the total market share enrollments will be somewhat higher than actual total enrollments, as a subset of LMS-transitioning institutions will be counted twice.

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Thanks to e-Literate and author Phil Hill for pulling together the data needed to make some sense out of very competitive marketplace.

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Online university courses like EdX and Coursera will replace college degrees in the future —

Online university courses like EdX and Coursera will replace college degrees in the future — | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
This approach to further education can also be applied to single-course skills. Once you are in the workforce, learning and knowledge-sharing will be a continually rolling experience. Our ability to continually top-up our skills will become even more imperative in the future, where rapidly changing technology will force the workforce to constantly iterate. Workers will therefore need continually learn and refresh their abilities in order to stay relevant.
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The time to prepare for the future is now.

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Survey of professors shows surprising lack of awareness of instructional designers

Survey of professors shows surprising lack of awareness of instructional designers | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
As online enrollments grow and many colleges ramp up their digital course and program offerings, the role of instructional designers -- staff members who work with instructors to adapt or build new digital courses -- is growing in importance.

But new data from Inside Higher Ed's just-released 2018 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology suggest that instructional designers -- and colleges and universities that want them to play a central role helping instructors create high-quality, well-built courses -- have a lot of work to do in building awareness of their role.
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 Hey,  you guys up in the ivory tower, WAKE UP! It's the 21st Century and Instructional Design is essential!  

 

Late comers to online professional development might not recognized the supreme importance of highly skilled instructional design.  They find out the hard way (low enrollment, destruction of the brand) that weak design drives highly mobile online students away.  This realization is responsible, in part, for the boom in the ID job market.   

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Muchas instituciones educativas están creando cursos semi-presenciales o completamente virtuales, siguiendo las tendencias actuales de la educación, sin embargo, para lograr que esa adecuación sea una experiencia exitosa es necesario que el profesor de la materia y el diseñador Instruccional trabajen juntos.

 En muchos casos los docentes están haciendo sus propios cursos en línea, a través de la experimentación con las herramientas que ofrece la web, sin embargo es importante que los educadores sepan que pueden contar con expertos que les guíen en todo el proceso y les permitan lograr sus objetivos al cien por ciento y en menor tiempo.

Todavía existen dudas en cuanto al papel del diseñador Instruccional. Aunque la experiencia del trabajo colaborativo entre el diseñador y el profesor de aula ha dado resultados exitosos, una buena parte de los docente todavía no comprende la función del diseñador o como, a través de la experiencia, herramientas y posibilidades que tiene para aportar el diseñador instruccional, se puede mejorar la experiencia de aprendizaje del alumno. 

El DI puede ayudar al profesor a reenfocar su clase con la finalidad de que pueda adaptarse a las exigencias de la virtualidad y a las expectativas de los estudiantes actuales. Es necesario que las instituciones educativas tomen en cuenta el rol tan importante que tiene el diseñador Instruccional, en especial en la planificación de aulas semi-presenciales y virtuales y se permita una mayor vinculación entre los diseñadores y los docentes.
 
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A Beginner's Guide To Google Photos -- Store, organize, and share your photos for free!

A Beginner's Guide To Google Photos -- Store, organize, and share your photos for free! | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
If you’re anything like me, you’re taking more photos than ever but there’s an important next step which is often overlooked — organizing and archiving.

Google Photos is my favorite solution for storing, organizing, and sharing photos and videos.

It’s easy to use and it’s free, yet many people still don’t know about this useful resource. We’re here to help!

This beginner’s guide to Google Photos explains how Google Photos works, how to get started, and lots of tips and tricks for getting the most out of it.
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Handy information for a powerful (and typically Google-obscure) resource.  

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Write the Perfect Discussion Board Post in Your Online College Course

Write the Perfect Discussion Board Post in Your Online College Course | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Students who enroll in online degree programs may be concerned that they will miss out on the interaction that is found in traditional degree programs. However, these students still benefit from class discussions through online discussion boards, which allow them to create original posts about a course topic and respond to the posts of other students. This guide provides information on what students can expect when using an online discussion board, the etiquette to follow on these boards, and how professors grade the posts students make.
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Anyone taking (or teaching) an online course will benefit from reading this article. Even if you know it all,  take a look... you just might find something new. 

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MIT: SQUADBOX - Anti Cyber-Bullying software 

MIT: SQUADBOX - Anti Cyber-Bullying software  | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Put a squad of trusted friends, volunteers, or paid moderators between the world and your inbox.

Messages only reach you if your squad approves it.

Together, the members of your squad can weather harassment so that you don't feel overwhelmed.
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Victims of cyberbullying have a new ally: Squadbox invented by MIT.  Your Squad will pre-filter your email, diverting harassment mail to be analyzed. The safe mail lands in your box. The bad get's flushed.  They also offer @squadbox email accounts.  Here's away to take back control.  Check it out. 

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6 Online Teaching Lessons From Albert Einstein

6 Online Teaching Lessons From Albert Einstein | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Inspiration for online teaching can appear in surprising places.
 Who says it should be confined to conferences or journal articles?

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Liz Hardy offers 6 quotations from Albert Einstein as anchors for sound advice on the often misunderstood realities of online teaching. As always elegant insight wrapped in clever perspective. Listen to Liz! 

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