A New Use for MOOCs: Real-World Problem Solving - Zafrin Nurmohamed, Nabeel Gillani, and Michael Lenox by Zafrin Nurmohamed, Nabeel Gillani, and Michael Lenox | 9:00 AM July 4, 2013 There’s been no shortage of media coverage on Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in the past year. Universities have touted the value of free on-line courses offered to millions of learners from all walks of life. Ensuring Student Success in Online Courses Students like online classes due to their flexibility and convenience. But not all students do well in these courses; the statistics indicate that online classes have a much higher dropout rate compared to traditional face-to-face classes. The attrition rates in online courses tend to be 10 to 20 percent higher than in face-to-face classes. While there are some personal factors that could influence a student’s decision to drop out, many of the factors are related to institutional and course level support—and these barriers can be addressed with thoughtful planning and implementation. Institutional level factors like technical support, academic support, advising, and availability of resources can support student success in online courses.
Teaching English in Second Life Over the past few weeks I've been pretty busy teaching my first English students on a Business English course I have been developing for Second Life. The experience has been pretty daunting with myself and the students having to come to terms with the complexities of the user interface and I have felt at times that my fifteen years of 'real world' classroom experience and the subconscious habits and reflexes that I developed over that period have totally deserted me. The introduction of voice within SL has certainly made a huge difference, though there are still problems and bugs to be ironed out. Though to my surprise I did find myself drilling a group of advanced learners to help them with their word stress, something I rarely do in the 'real' language classroom. To my relief though, the number of students in the class seems to be steadily increasing rather than decreasing and they seem keen to come back for more.
Five Ways to Make Your Online Classrooms More Interactive The convenience and flexibility of the online learning environment allows learners to develop new skills and further their education, regardless of where they live. However, for all of its benefits, online learning can sometimes feel isolating for students and faculty. The question is: how do you build a sense of community in your online courses? Four Videos on Instructional Design CSU Resources Here are some resources you may find helpful from the workshop. When you are in the classroom or teaching online, you may want to find new and interesting ways to engage students. Here is a course titled How to Increase Learner Engagement which provides ten great ideas for breaking away from the lecture and working toward engaging […] Continue Reading →
Planning Documents and Templates The documents below will help you plan your course. Some of them contain templates that will help you organize all of the information about your course and keep it straight. Others contain valuable questions that will help you pull together all the information that is needed to get a course online. The New Course Questionnaire is a tool for faculty and learning designers who are just beginning to work together on the design and development of an online course. Social media for schools: a guide to Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest • For advice on e-safety in schools, click here The use of social media in education continues to be something of a hot topic with arguments both for and against. So I carried out a small survey of 27 teaching professionals in order to create a baseline of understanding into the use (or not) of social networking in schools, and also any concerns over some of the e-safety risks. The full survey results can be found here. There are many uses of social media in education - below are just a few of the ways they can be effectively used. Facebook
Resources to Effectively Transition to Remote Work and Learning TechSmith has helped millions of first-time digital content creators create and share images and videos across corporate and academic settings. There are easy changes you can make to incorporate videos, screencasts (a video recording of a screen), screenshots, and images into your communications workflows to help maintain business and academic continuity while transitioning to full-time distance learning and remote work. Screen Capture and Recording Basics Academic Use Cases How to Prepare for Remote Teaching with Asynchronous Video-Based Discussions
5 Creative Ideas for using Break-Out Rooms 65 Flares Twitter 7 Facebook 46 Google+ 5 LinkedIn 7 inShare7 65 Flares × Break Out of conformity, Unleash your Creativity, The walls are gone, Story-telling lives on!! What can you do with more than one room to teach in and why would you need it? If you think about collaborative learning or language games, you will soon get the bigger picture. I spent over a year experimenting with the Edupunk movement and we did a lot of creative collaborative work. 9 Tips To Create Evergreen eLearning Content Do your online resources have a long shelf life? Or do they go stale before they’ve warranted the investment? In this article, I’ll share 9 tips to create eLearning content that stands the test of time. How To Create Evergreen eLearning Content
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