Archive for the ‘online learning and teaching’ Category

Not all LMS are created equal. We need to read the fine print to assure that we protect our staff. Read more at https://www.eschoolnews.com/2018/01/25/find-lms-student-privacy/

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As chairwoman of several online programs and an online professor myself, I am familiar with training faculty in transitioning to the world of online teaching. Although there are many differences to F2F teaching, such differences are mostly in the mastery of technology tools as well as in preparing the class in detail before it starts. Also, online teachers are in class every day and at all times of the day, too. Beyond that, best teaching practices should apply to the delivery of each mode, specifically a personal relationship to students, building community, varying class activities, using a number of different materials and experiences, working in groups, etc. Online classes cannot be a place to describe assignments, post materials, and grade. They need to be as personal and innovative as F2F courses. In the following publication, please read some tips to prevent burn out and to create a soothing atmosphere in your life to meet the challenge of constant exposure to your courses: https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/online-faculty-can-avoid-burnout/

Download an interesting ebook here The_Mobile_Mindset_eBook

As an online professor, I offer webinars regularly. For example, I offer one on the first day of a course to create a sense of community, get to know my students, and provide a roadmap of my expectations for student work. Also, I offer special webinars tailored to certain topics in class that may cause more learner problems than other topics. Attention in my webinars is encouraged, and life participation is rewarded with points. However, I always record them and make them available to my students via a web link. Other than the author of the shared link, I usually do not put myself or my students on camera but I have a visual and walk my students through a process on the screen. At the end of the course, I have students present their products and do something like a gallery walk. I also ask them to summarize the main takeaways from the course to wrap things up. What are some essential considerations? Read more here on some practical tips at https://blog.clickmeeting.com/how-to-transform-online-classes/amp

Read more on Flexibility Drives Digital Tool Usage at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/12/students-want-laptops-flexible-digital-tools-classroom

Excerpt: As digital tools continue to infiltrate college campuses, students and educators alike should rejoice. McGraw-Hill Education’s 2017 Digital Study Trends Survey found that 60 percent of students indicated digital learning tools have at least slightly improved their grades and have been very or extremely helpful in their academic life. Overall, the students said that laptops — over things such as print materials and smartphones — are the devices they are most likely to use in class, for homework, and for exam prep. A whopping 86 percent labeled laptops as an important tool for studying while only 33 percent said the same about smartphones and tablets. The surveyed students indicated that laptops are particularly effective because of the ease in online search and communication, as well as the portability of the device and accessibility of the tools.

Learn from students about what ed tech means to them.  Excerpt:

  • 94 percent of students said digital learning technology has been helpful in retaining new concepts;
  • More than half of students said digital learning technology helped them better understand concepts they didn’t know;
  • 60 percent of students said that digital learning technology has improved or significantly improved their grades;
  • 60 percent of students said that digital learning technology has increased their engagement with course materials;
  • More than 62 percent of students said that digital learning technology is extremely or very helpful in preparing for tests and exams;
  • More than 66 percent of students said that digital learning technology is extremely or very helpful in completing assignments;
  • Nearly 59 percent of students said that digital learning technology is extremely or very helpful for self-study;
  • 82 percent of students said they use laptops for homework assignments, compared to 59 percent using print materials;
  • 70 percent of students said they use laptops for test/exam preparation, while 69 percent use print materials; and
  • While the majority of students have smartphones, only about 38 percent said they use smartphones to complete homework assignments and study for exams.

Read Survey: More Than Half of Students Want Their Classes to Go Digital

at https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/11/07/survey-more-than-half-of-students-want-their-classes-to-go-digital.aspx

Find here three ways where a video is useful.  I think there are several hundred more than three, but it is a good start. At http://smartbrief.com/original/2017/11/3-ways-use-video-training?utm_source=brief