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How to Provide Fair and Effective Feedback in Asynchronous Courses. There are several policies and procedures that online instructors can implement that will help them provide specific, fair, consistent, and effective feedback to their students in an online, asynchronous course.

How to Provide Fair and Effective Feedback in Asynchronous Courses

Announcements Area First, maintain a highly visible announcement and or conference area on the course site. This announcement area is where the course instructor should post reminders regarding deadlines of assignments or discussion board posts. It's especially important to give specific information in these announcements during the first week of class regarding helpful hints and expectations of the students during the class to ensure success and level the playing field for all.

Everyone reads the same message; everyone has the same expectations placed upon them. The announcements area should also include a policy for late submissions. Always hand in assignments and post discussions by the due date as listed in the syllabus/calendar. About the AuthorElizabeth A. UNSW Teaching Staff Gateway Giving Assessment Feedback 2015 03 27. A Brief History of Assessment.mp4.

Evaluation of Online Discussions Some of the online discussion assignments will be based on a template; Discussion Rubric. University of Wisconsin - Stout — Schedule of Online Courses, Online Certificate Programs, and Graduate Degree Follow us on Facebook.

Discussion Rubric

This rubric may be used for self-assessment and peer feedback. * Open class discussion is an important and significant part of an online course. While class discussion whether online or face to face, can be characterized by free flowing conversation, there are identifiable characteristics that distinguish exemplary contributions to class discussion from those of lesser quality. The criteria found on the rubric above will be used to assess the quality of your initial postings and responses to the postings and comments of peers during class discussion. Discussion Board Expectations. ETLO Discussion Question Models. This discussion format is designed to put participants in real-life experience situations where they are asked to share ideas and strategies for addressing issues they will face when they encounter concepts being taught in the course.

ETLO Discussion Question Models

This is a very popular discussion format because participants enjoy haveing a 'heads-up' about issues they are likely to face as well as coming away with ideas suggested by their colleagues and first-hand information from the facilitator. Example Question: Share at least one strategy for addressing discussion issues that may arise in a virtual course by responding to one or more of the scenarios posted below. Be sure to respond to your peers' posts with ideas and examples to extend the discussion. Scenario One: No Message Postings from Alicia You've just started Session Three of your Algebra 1 course and Alicia has not posted a message on the discussion board. Discussion Board Etiquette. 15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards [INFOGRAPHIC] - Online Education Blog of Touro College.

“Netiquette” refers to rules of etiquette that apply to online communication.

15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards [INFOGRAPHIC] - Online Education Blog of Touro College

Follow these 15 rules of netiquette to make sure you sound respectful, polite, and knowledgeable when you post to your class’s online discussion boards. Before posting your question to a discussion board, check if anyone has asked it already and received a reply. Just as you wouldn’t repeat a topic of discussion right after it happened in real life, don’t do that in discussion boards either.Stay on topic – Don’t post irrelevant links, comments, thoughts, or pictures.Don’t type in ALL CAPS! If you do, it will look like you’re screaming.Don’t write anything that sounds angry or sarcastic, even as a joke, because without hearing your tone of voice, your peers might not realize you’re joking.Always remember to say “Please” and “Thank you” when soliciting help from your classmates.Respect the opinions of your classmates. RULE OF THUMB: If you wouldn’t do or say something in real life, don’t do it online either.

3 socratic questioning. Socratic questioning. Socratic questioning (or Socratic maieutics)[1] was named after Socrates, who was a philosopher in c. 470 BCE–c. 399 BCE[2].

Socratic questioning

Socrates utilized an educational method that focused on discovering answers by asking questions from his students. Socrates believed that "the disciplined practice of thoughtful questioning enables the scholar/student to examine ideas and be able to determine the validity of those ideas" [3].

Plato, a student of Socrates, described this rigorous method of teaching to explain that the teacher assumes an ignorant mindset in order to compel the student to assume the highest level of knowledge [4]. Thus, a student has the ability to acknowledge contradictions, recreate inaccurate or unfinished ideas and critically determine necessary thought. Socratic questioning is referred to in teaching, and has gained currency as a concept in education, particularly in the past two decades.

UNSW Teaching Staff Gateway Assessing by Discussion Board 2016 05 10. The Methods and Means to Grading Student Participation in Online Discussions. This is the final post in a three-part series on how to create effective discussions in an online environment in courses for credit.

The Methods and Means to Grading Student Participation in Online Discussions

In this post I’ll share how to grade and assess students contributions in online discussion forums—the final yet essential step that supports learning in several ways. I am eager to share my insight into the assessment component of online discussions, as we found within our institution’s online program that assessment through the use of a rubric that was the critical element to success. How-to Facilitate Robust Online Discussions. Class discussion can be an effective learning tool – the challenge? How-to facilitate and manage discussions virtually. This is post two in a three-part series on how to create effective discussions in an online learning environment. Post one, introduced five components of effective discussions and addressed the first two – 1) course design and 2) establishing guidelines for students.

How to Get Students to Participate in Online Discussions. This is the first post in a triplet series on how to create effective discussions in an online learning environment. This post discusses how course instructors can shape and create robust and rich discussions, in post two I”ll share facilitation strategies to develop and sustain course dialogue, and I’ll conclude the series with methods for assessing student contributions and participation in online forums. Please note, this series addresses discussions in the context of online courses for credit – as forums in Massive Open Online Courses [MOOCs} are a different animal altogether [I will share my thoughts on MOOC discussion forums next month at the close of the MOOC course I am taking]. Ipadio - Reach the Hard to Reach. Animate Your Life. Phonevite - Share Your Voice - Community-Based Voice Broadcasting - Phone Tree Service.

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Personalized Learning is NOT Differentiating Instruction. The term “Personalized Learning” is a buzz word educators use to be an alternative to “one size fits all” teaching.

Personalized Learning is NOT Differentiating Instruction

Unfortunately, the message is confusing. Ed.gov’s archive as part of the National Technology Plan lays out the definition of Individualized, Personalized, and Differentiated Instruction: Differentiated Instruction in an Online Classroom. By Theresa Melenas, Ed.D.

Differentiated Instruction in an Online Classroom

My role as an administrator and instructional coach in K-12 public education has me working collaboratively with teachers to create better learning opportunities for students. A majority of teachers I encounter need support in how to differentiate their instruction to reach all learners. The concept of differentiated instruction (DI) may seems to be only applicable to the bricks and mortar setting of a traditional classroom, but many DI strategies can enhance the educational experience of online adult learners.

According to Tomlinson (2000), differentiation means tailoring instruction to meet individual needs, by differentiating the content, process, products, or the learning environment. Online learning already addresses a differentiated learning environment; therefore, online differentiation should focus on the content, process and product. Google+ Sharing and Storing Files Collaboratively. File Storage: Hey, I’m three weeks into this online team collaboration and my computer is knee deep in files.

Sharing and Storing Files Collaboratively

What’s the best way to share these with my team while keeping them backed up? Box.net Simple, Secure Sharing from Anywhere. Sharing Documents and Collaborating Online. Now it’s time for the meat and potatoes. Virtual meetings and group conversations are great, but what about a project that requires much more than communication accessibility? I need an online tool that supports document collaboration. I have a team of five highly talented engineers working with charts and measurements. I’m not sure if I trust online collaboration for a project of this detail. Online Meetings and Video Collaboration. NOTE: This is Part I in a series of three articles about web-based tools to help facilitate collaboration and document-sharing among a group of people, stay organized with all of your files, and increase productivity. Here are some solutions for group calling in the early stages. Skype The World’s Most Popular Video Calling Software Group video calling is a great way for face-to-face introductions of team members.

Assign roles and launch your project. Skype has done a great job at making their service affordable and accessible. Free trial membership for one week. Download the program directly to your computer in 5-10 minutes. Skype is user-friendly and most members of your team will have heard of the service, and may have even used it before. Google+ Hangouts Video Chatting on Google+ While Google+ is hanging on, there are features that have serious potential to reach a positive tipping point, and Google+ Hangouts is one of them.

The price is right. How-to Make Group Work Collaborative In Online Courses: Four Strategies. “CL (collaborative learning) occurs when small groups of students help each other to learn. CL is sometimes misunderstood. It is not having students talk to each other, either face-to-face or in a computer conference, while they do their individual assignments. It is not having them do the task individually and then have those who finish first help those who have not yet finished. And it is certainly not having one or a few students do all the work, while the others append their names to the report (Klemm, W.R., 1994).” (Laal & Laal, 2012). Tips for Surviving Group Projects in Online Class. Student%20Collaboration%20in%20the%20Online%20Classroom. Glow and Grow Self Reflection. Bubbl.us - Brainstorm and Mind Map Online.

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