IDDblog: Instructional Design Tips, Advice, & Trends for Online & Distance Learning. Discussions are sometimes called the engine of an online course.
Discussions provide an opportunity for students to engage with the course content, with each other, and with you—the professor—simultaneously, which means they have a lot of potential for meaningful learning and high retention. There is no guarantee that students will really apply themselves by just creating a discussion. What you get out of a discussion assignment depends on what you put into it. Here are some tips for writing your discussion prompt, selecting your settings, and participating in the discussion. Identify why this assignment is a discussion Step one is to identify your goals for this assignment and your reasons for making it a discussion assignment. There are practical considerations as well.
Be explicit and specific about your expectations Give length guidelines. Provide guidelines for replies as well Avoid repetitive posts Avoid discussions with a more-or-less “right” answer.
This Course at MIT. Web 2.0 Class. The learner will: review the role of blogs as an eJournal, eDOL (Electronic Documentation of Learning) or a learning portfolio. use RSS feeds to facilitate communication in the course, using an RSS aggregator such as the web-based Google Reader or client software, such as certain browsers.
Do a Google search on blog, blogs and learning, blogs in education, and edublog including articles in Wikipedia. Watch the following YouTube video: Blogs in Plain English by CommonCraft Watch The Pedagogy of Blogging (by Dr. Christopher Long, Penn State University) with his associated Blogging Scoring Rubric (PDF). COFA Online Gateway. Contact Us Home LTTO Episodes.
24 Top Tools for Online Teaching. What are your top tools for learning?
The Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies collects responses to this question from learning professionals every year. The result is a list of “Top 100 Tools for Learning,” which runs the gamut from Adobe to Zite. Last month, I posed a modified version of the question during an Inside Online Learning chat (#IOLchat): “What are your top eLearning tools for teaching?” Seven Digital Deadly Sins: a new interactive web doc about online ethics. Have you sinned online lately?
What counts as a “digital sin” anyway? The NFB has partnered with The Guardian on a new interactive web doc, Seven Digital Deadly Sins, in which seven public figures including musician and activist Billy Bragg and This Hour Has 22 Minutes’ Mary Walsh confess the ways in which they have sinned online. You can participate too: you’ll absolve or condemn anonymous confessions from 20 digital sinners (a secret Twitter star, a hacker, a couple whose wedding invite went viral) and then see the poll results. From porn to illegal downloading to trolling to selling drugs to the mild annoyance that is those interminable cat videos, the possibilities for digital sins are varied and endless.
Watch the Seven Digital Deadly Sins trailer to get a taste of this timely project: We all know the seven deadly sins: lust, greed, gluttony, wrath, pride, envy, and sloth. More, more, more! Votes overwhelmingly chose to absolve illegal downloading. Take the short way home.
Illinois Online Network: Educational Resources. The facilitator plays a vital role in developing and maintaining an online program that is effective, smooth, and that will support the realization of the planned learning outcomes.
Faculty delivering courses online must be more than transmitters of knowledge; they must become facilitators of learning. Some highly seasoned instructors from the traditional on-ground environment will easily adapt to the online model, while others may find the transition challenging at first. The facilitator in the online environment must possess a unique set of tools to perform effectively. Reflect on your teaching style to see where you might find room for improvement. Some of the basic criteria for a person to be successful as an online facilitator are: Facilitators in the online arena are generally considered to be ‘clinical’.
The online model is an applied learning model and it requires facilitators that know what the real world is about. Www.designingforlearning.info/services/writing/ecoach/tenbest.html. J.
V. Boettcher, Ph.D. Designing for Learning 2006 - 2013. JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. T.
M. Brinthaupt, L. “The Excellent Online Instructor” with Rena Palloff & Keith Pratt. In this podcast, authors Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt share strategies for faculty training, development, and support, which is the subject of their forthcoming book, The Excellent Online Instructor. They describe the characteristics of a good online instructor and offer ideas for what it takes to develop a new instructor with the goal of promoting excellent online teaching. Download Podcast Palloff and Pratt will be presenting a session on this topic during the Jossey-Bass Online Teaching and Learning Conference Online, October 18-20, 2011.
Learn more. Question: What characteristics do you think define an excellent online instructor? Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt are the managing partners of Crossroads Consulting Group, working with academic institutions and business and professional organizations in the development and delivery of effective online education and training programs.