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Blended Learning: Strategies for Engagement

Blended Learning: Strategies for Engagement
There are methods and models for implementing blended learning -- from the flipped classroom, to the flex model. All of them are on the continuum of just how much time is spent online and in the online classroom. Blended Learning can provide a unique way of not only engaging students in collaborative work and projects, but also personalizing and individualizing instruction for students. However, there is still one piece that is missing from a great blended learning environment: engagement! As an experienced online teacher of both K-12 and higher education students, I am familiar with the challenges of engaging students in virtual work. Luckily, the blended learning model still demands some in-person, brick-and-mortar learning, so there is a unique opportunity to use this structure to engage students. #1 Leverage Virtual Class Meetings with Collaborative Work One of the most prominent features of blended learning is the virtual meeting or synchronous class meeting. #3 Reflect and Set Goals

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Top 10 Reasons that Blended Learning is Worth the Hype! image from learningonlineinfo.org Using an online learning platform, online discussions, and/or work online to complement your class can: 1. Save Time How to Create Engaging eLearning Content - LearnUpon Posted by Caroline on June 3, 2014 in Blog, Course Content, Success | No Comments eLearning courses come in various shapes and sizes, from pdf documents to video tutorials, so how can you ensure the content you create engages your learners? Here are some tips to help you prepare, create and deliver engaging online courses. Prepare Regardless of whether you’re creating your own content or you’re investing in an instructional designer to do so, you are going to have to outline a plan for your course content.

Salman Khan on Liberating the Classroom for Creativity (Big Thinkers Series) Sal Khan: What Khan Academy is most known for is there's a library for about 2,500 videos. Right now they're all made by me in English, although we are translating them, and they're everything from basic addition all the way to vector calculus and the French Revolution. And there's a video on the debt ceiling, [ laughs ] so a very comprehensive set of videos, and we keep add -- I keep adding more right now. But we've augmented it now that we've gotten funding this past year with an exercise platform, and it's an exercise platform that -- I'd actually written a primitive version of it for my cousins many of years ago, actually before I'd even made the first video, but I didn't have the bandwidth nor the talent to properly do that justice. And so when we got funding, I said, "This is where I think a lot of the meat is is actually giving people exercises and feedback and letting the videos complement that". Sal Khan: We don't want to force a role out to every school in the country.

Blended Teaching & Learning Feature Developing courses that combine face-to-face and virtual instruction in pursuit of 21st-century skills in classrooms by LIZ PAPE A few months ago, I walked into the computer lab at EBC High School for Public Service in Brooklyn, N.Y., and watched as students, working in teams, created blogs and wikis to share information about human rights violations. I was there for an ABC News taping on the use of technology in classrooms. The network news report looked at New York City Opportunities for Online Learning, or NYCOOL, and the reporter interviewed the students and their teacher, Kimberly Cahill. A social studies teacher, she has been using a blended teaching model with her students for the past three semesters.

Blended Learning: Adding Asynchronous Discussions to Your F2F Classrooms This post was co-authored with Elizabeth Alderton, Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. --------- We have all done it: "participated" in a face-to-face discussion, nodding along in agreement, but not really present. Many of us have sat in discussions, afraid to throw in our two cents because we might sound silly. On other occasions, we have had a fantastic idea to share, but the conversation passed by before we had a chance to contribute. If it happens to us, it also must be happening to students in our classroom discussions. Not all students are in sync!

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. 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! Discussion Rubric University of Wisconsin - Stout — Schedule of Online Courses, Online Certificate Programs, and Graduate Degree Follow us on Facebook. 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.

Teaching with Technology Collaboratory - Improving the Use of Discussion Boards Considerable research indicates that the effective use of discussion boards results in... Collison, G., Elbaum, B., Haavind, S., & Tinker, R. (2000). Facilitating online learning: Effective strategies for moderators. Atwood Publishing: Madison, WI. Eklund, J., & Eklund, P. Integrating the web and the teaching of technology: Cases across two universities. (1996). Some Considerations for Facilitating Online Interaction In Facilitating a Virtual Community we looked at the rationale for online facilitation and some of the more common online faciliator roles. In this article we explore some of the basic considerations for facilitating online interaction. Understanding Member Roles and Behaviors We all know that humans will be, well, humans. Just as in offline community spaces, there are a range of behaviors that community hosts will encounter.

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