Aspects of Online Teaching and Learning Weeks 3 & 4 #4a & #4b Kim Rhyne
A. The name and URL of your video• Distance Learning Online: A New Media Presentation- Some facts about distance learning. Class assignment.• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZk-WdYHkoc&feature=related
B. A list of key elementsmentioned in the videoconcerning e-learning.
Advantages of Distance Online Learning• Distance Online Learning means no more overcrowded lecture halls, dozing during long lectures, and boring instruction.• Instead, distance online learning is good for people with a difficult schedule, lack of social skills, and can be done from the comfort of your own home on your own time, little or no cost for transportation, and no lecture halls.
Then & Now• History of Online learning: – Many > Few – Quantity > Quality o But now, technology brings us: o Streaming lectures o Video conferencing o Virtual learning spaces o Course management software
Course Management Software• Course Management Software (CMS) – Examples: WebCT & Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Moodle, and ATutor o The Purpose of a CMS: o To have a successful online learning experience o Cost-effectiveness o Customizability o Interactivity o Speed o All-in-One Environment
Top 5 Countdown Tips:• How to survive in an online course: – 5. Manage your time (there is no “weekend” in an online setting). – 4. Download all course material well in advance (you do not want to risk dealing with technology that might not be working). – 3. Make friends in your class – utilize social networking. – 2. You are being watched. Your professors know when you log on, what you access, and how much you participate. – 1. Even though the course is online – you will not use just one medium. Be prepared to use email, phone, and sometimes face to face encounters. ***Remember, the learning experience is electronic, but your professor isn’t!***
C. Your reaction to the content that was presented.
My Reaction• After I watched this video 2 or 3 times I had more respect for it. I realized that it did have good content. I felt the author did a great job of pointing out advantages to online learning and showing the evolution of distance learning. The Top 5 countdown tips are great tips and perfect advice for people who are considering online courses.
D. How you might use someof the ideas presented in the video in your online teaching.
• I think it is important to focus on the advantages of online learning and use those to your advantage as an online teacher. There are reasons people choose online courses – let those reasons help you as a teacher.• Utilize a Course Management System. I enjoy Edmodo, Moodle, and Schoology.• Share the Top 5 Tips with students.
E. Discuss two of the three articles in the reading list and Chapters 8 and 9 in Thormann and Zimmerman in the context of the content of your video. Article 1
At the Tipping Point: K-12 On Line Learning. By: Susan Booth• Online learning can now rival or even improve on traditional classroom experiences.• By 2019, about 50% of high school courses will be offered online.• A 47% increase (of students involved in online learning) since 2005-2006.• The Online School for Girls: currently in pilot phase but will eventually offer courses to girls around the world.• Blended Courses: offers students the chance to get comfortable with managing online learning, easier transition to more online learning alternatives, emergency situations (flu or weather), and an even greater integration of technology.
E. Discuss two of the three articles in the reading list and Chapters 8 and 9 in Thormann and Zimmerman in the context of the content of your video. Article 2
An overview of online education: Attractiveness, benefits, challenges, concerns and recommendations. By: C. Li and B. Irby• The article began with 5 things the author did to learn more about online teaching: – Consult with colleagues who were currently teaching online courses – Attend workshops regarding online education and establish a network with those who are involved with online programs at other universities – Get technology training – Conducted a brief survey (faculty & students) to understand their online experience – Did a Literature Review – for the foundation and the background of understanding the need for online education. o When discussing the shift towards online learning, the author made note of research that has proven that classrooms are no longer the only setting for education. I couldn’t agree more!
4 Reasons for the Attractiveness of Online Programs 1) Beneficial for those who have work of family constraints 2) Convenient for those who would have to travel 3) Choice of University 4) Broader perspective – communicate with other students from around the globe.
Unique Characteristics of Online Education and Its Technology• Instructors have learned the significance of offering prompt feedback on students’ assignments and questions• Real time discussion – chat sessions and virtual classrooms• The conversation can be saved as a text file to be posted or reviewed later
Software Packages4 Functions of software programs such as Blackboard and WEBCT:1) Students can read or listen to a lecture repeatedly for understanding2) Online discussion board3) Announcement and communication function; profs can communicate with individuals or groups of students4) Students submit homework as a file and it can be returned as a file via email
Some Benefits of Online Education• Benefits = Accessibility• Benefits = serves students from various backgrounds and age ranges• Benefits = time-independent and place-independent learning environment which makes it convenient and flexible for different learners• Benefits = Time• Benefits = frequent and timely feedback• Benefits = multi-media experience• Benefits = fear of ftf (stereotypical concerns) is minimized• Benefits = team building & group work for success; also independent learning to build accountability• Benefit = (usually) lower tuition
Some Challenges of Online Education• Challenge = significant upfront planning and organization is a vital challenge• Challenge = Technology• Challenge = expectations of online students• Concerns = accuracy, complexity, and depth• Concerns = student attendance and social needs• Challenge = students must acquire a set of skills such as writing, communication, time management, organization, and the ability to work independently.• Challenge = assessment and plagiarism• Concerns = teachers feelings, minority and lower-income students and access to modern technology, and challenged learners who require special accommodations.
Suggestions and Recommendations• 4 stage model for incrementing online programs: awareness, faculty support, faculty skills, and department effort• Suggestion: develop good rapport with the curriculum designer & other instructors teaching online courses, and technical support staff• Suggestion: working relationships with students – communication• Know that students learn differently and need to be encouraged to participate (true no matter where the learning occurs)• personalize the online experience• Instructors should always be revising - making sure content is updated...that is probably the only suggestions I would have for some of my prior online classes.• Important: Online programs can provide an education at the learner’s own pace and learning style without the constraints of time or place.
E. Discuss two of the three articles in the reading list and Chapters 8 and 9 in Thormann and Zimmerman in the context of the content of your video. Chapter 8
Chapter 8: Dealing with Dilemmas– Possibility of resistance from parents, educators, students, and administrators; all questions and concerns are valid and should be resolved.– It is important to incorporate Plagiarism-Prevention Techniques such as making sure students are aware, up front, of the academic-integrity rules by placing them in the course guidelines and shaping assignments to avoid plagiarism.– I always wondered why articles were never posted for us. Now, I understand after the explanation offered in the book about only providing the citation since copyright laws only allow an article to be distributed once.– I also found the whole issue of Intellectual property to be rather interesting. I lean more towards it being the property of the instructor who created the course!– I would not want to do a canned course…the name even sounds restrictive!– As the articles, video, and text have pointed out, there are dilemmas in online learning. However, there are also advantages and we need to resolve all concerns so we can focus on what makes online learning so appealing.
E. Discuss two of the three articles in the reading list and Chapters 8 and 9 in Thormann and Zimmerman in the context of the content of your video. Chapter 9
Chapter 9: Looking to, and at, the Future; and Conclusions• If you are passionate about technology and online learning then this chapter makes you even more excited about the future. It shows how online learning is inevitable and quickly becoming the education of choice.• Online learning and the different methods involved (evolution of technology, gaming, home schooling, globalization, and m-learning) show how this type of learning appeals to every learner and can reach every learning style.• As the slogan of iTunes U tells us: *** “Learn anything, anytime, anywhere.” ***
References• Booth, S. (2009). At the Tipping Point: K-12 On Line Learning. Independent School, 69(2), 20-22. Retrieved from http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxyles.flo.org/ehost/detail?sid=d55a3c17-53c5- 4c1586ae1498226de2e2%40sessionmgr112&vid=6&bk=1&hid=122&bdata=JnNpdG U9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=aph&AN=47249371&anchor=AN0047249371-3• Gunadie, A. [andrewgunadie]. (2008, April 19). Distance Learning Online! Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZk- WdYHkoc&feature=related• Li, C., & Irby, B. (2008). An overview of online education: Attractiveness, benefits, challenges, concerns and recommendations. College Student Journal, 42(2), 449- 458. Retrieved from http://ezproxyles.flo.org/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/23650772 1?accountid=12060• Thormann, J. & Zimmerman, I. (2012). The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Designing and Teaching Online Courses. New York: Teachers College Press at Columbia University.