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eli.tri-c.edu/Faculty/Blackboard/How-To/Pdf/Best Practices/Best Practices - The Discussion Board.pdf Ten Best Practices for Teaching Online J. V. Boettcher, Ph.D. Designing for Learning 2006 - 2013 Minor revisions May 2011 Our knowledge about what works well in online teaching and learning is growing rapidly and that is very good news. Here are ten best practices for anyone just getting started in the online environment. Best Practice 1: Be Present at the Course Site Liberal use of a faculty's use of communication tools such as announcements, discussion board postings, and forums communicate to the students that the faculty member cares about who they are, cares about their questions and concerns, and is generally "present" to do the mentoring and challenging that teaching is all about. When faculty actively interact and engage students in a face-to-face classroom, the class develops as a learning community, developing intellectual and personal bonds. We have learned to quantify what it means to "be present." Note: Students who feel abandoned or who feel alone may even post questions, such as "Is anybody there?" References

Electronic Communication Discussion Patterns D. Reiss Discussion Patterns To personalize the exchange and emphasize audience, consider framing these messages as letters addressed "Dear Classmates" to the group and "Dear Pat" to individual classmates. First message: interpretation or explanation or reflection with support (benefits: thinking about the issue, articulating that thinking, developing support for a position, writing for a specific audience, and sometimes reading or research). For example: Write a 150-250-word letter addressed to your classmates (for example, "Dear Classmates") in which you write about the topic specified for your Group. Variations Add a collaborative message: students in a group meet together in person or online to discuss the topic and write together a summary and culminating message. ECAC Home | Active Learning Online for educational purposes only developed and copyright ©1996 by D.

EdTechLeaders: Online Workshop Facilitation Guide Online Workshop Facilitation GuideDeveloped by EDC's Center for Online Professional Education Facilitator Roles and Strategies | Expectations for Participants Facilitator Roles and Strategies Online course facilitators, like classroom teachers, play a variety of roles. Expectations for Participants Depending on the course content and goals, participants may be expected to play a variety of roles. Basic Requirements Online courses require access to a computer that can log onto the Internet, and a base level of technical knowledge and comfort. Most computer experiences include elements of both excitement and frustration. Time Commitment Participants should be well-informed about how much time they will have to spend on the workshop. Individuals or Teams Depending on the course content and activities, in some cases participants may do the bulk of their work individually, while in other cases they may work in teams for either part or all of the workshop.

Group Communication Tools Introduction Students participating in online education need not lack human interaction, class discussion, instructor feedback and guidance. The links below contain some information to help an instructor know what kinds of tools exist to promote interaction, how to choose an appropriate tool, and how to use it effectively. Types of Group Communication Tools How to Choose an Appropriate Tool Suggestions for Incorporating Bulletin Board Software in the Classroom How One Instructor Uses Electronic Communication to Stimulate Activity History of Search Engines - Chronological List of Internet Search Engines (INFOGRAPHIC) Below is a visual history of "search" and search engines; hopefully it's both a trip down memory lane and a useful resource for anyone looking to learn a bit more about the history of Internet search engines. If you like the graphic or find it useful you're welcome to embed the image on your own site, link to it, or give it a Digg/Stumble/Etc. Without further fanfare, we present to you WordStream's search engine history timeline. The History of Search Engines Modern search engines are pretty incredible – complex algorithms enable search engines to take your search query and return results that are usually quite accurate, presenting you with valuable information nuggets amidst a vast information data mine. Search engines have come a long way since their early prototypes, as our Internet Search Engines History infographic illustrates. How Do Search Engines Work? First of all, let's ask what is a search engine? Web search engines catalog the world wide web by using a spider, or web crawler.

Illinois Online Network: Educational Resources Encouraging and Utilizing Communication in Online Courses Strategies for Using Chat as a Communication Tool - Learn more about some practical uses of chat including, pedagogic uses, coping strategies, and chat etiquette Encouraging Interaction in Online Classes , Michael Lindeman The ABC's of Facilitation , Tracey Smith General Conferencing Strategies - General conferencing strategies Strategies to Promote Communication Online - Discusses what you can do to promote communication online including general strategies and specific activities Specific Activities That Promote Online Discussion - Discusses various types of online discussions that can take place Communication Strategies Presentation Facilitating Discussions: Importance, Design, Facilitation and Evaluation - Tracey Smith discusses facilitation discussions. Problem-Based Learning Conferencing Strategies Discussion Questions Collaborative Learning Communication Tools for online instruction Glossary of communication terms

Search Engines Tips for Using Search Engines When you are unable to find the information you need on any of the recommended web sites, it is always possible to do your own search using one of the popular search engines. No two search engines index the web in exactly the same way, so it is important to try several before abandoning your search. The main guidelines for conducting a successful search are: (1) begin with a simple search and then progressively narrow your search by adding additional terms; (2) enter your rarest and most important search terms before more common words; (3) use phrases or proper names, enclosing them in quotes if necessary; (4) try alternative words or phrases that refer to the same topic; (5) use the plus (+) sign to indicate words that must appear in each page found; (6) click the Help or Search Tips or Advanced Search link to learn about the special features of each search engine. Google. Using Meta-Search Engines MetaCrawler. Internet Archive Internet Archive.

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