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This is a presentation given by Michelle Pacansky-Brock at the DePaul University Online Teaching Series in June 2008.

This is a presentation given by Michelle Pacansky-Brock at the DePaul University Online Teaching Series in June 2008.

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  • 1. Extreme Makeover
    • Michelle Pacansky-Brock
    • [email_address]
    • mpbreflections.blogspot.com
    Online Course Edition DePaul University Online Teaching Series June 25, 2008
  • 2. Extreme Makeover Details
    • began teaching online in Fall ‘03
    • “ makeover” began in Fall 2006
    • gradual, slow
    • no instructional design or multimedia assistance
    • creative process
    Willem de Kooning, Door to River, 1960.
  • 3. Extreme Makeover: Online Course Edition
    • more visual learning opportunities
    • more sharable , student-generated content
    • options for students
    • a greater sense of online community
    • an increase in instructor presence
    I wanted my extreme makeover to result in:
  • 4.
    • new, visual syllabus (visual learning)
    • lectures in PDF and podcast form (options, instructor presence)
    • announcements in audio and text format (options, instructor presence)
    • integrate student blogs (visual learning, options, sharable student-generated content)
    • integrate VoiceThreads (visual learning, options, sharable student-generated content)
    What I changed... Extreme Makeover: Online Course Edition
  • 5. Before...
  • 6. After!! Made with “Pages” (Mac only), provided to students in PDF format
  • 7.  
  • 8. Did the use of audio announcements (in place of text) increase your sense of the instructor’s presence? 91% Yes 9% No 42 responses; 75% What students said about audio...
  • 9. Which version of the lecture did you choose to access? PDF 45% Podcast 17% Both 37% Neither 1% 77 responses; 65% What students said about audio...
  • 10. If you chose to read the PDF version, why? I couldn’t get the podcast to work 9% Reading suits my learning preference 34% I didn’t want to deal with the podcast 6% I used the PDF and podcast 33% I didn’t access the PDF at all 18% 77 responses; 65% What students said about audio...
  • 11. VoiceThreads: options for expression, visual teaching, increase community and instructor presence “ VoiceThread is superior [to the discussion board] for two reasons, one, you can interact with the image while explaining your post and, two, you have the option to talk or write. My preference is speaking. Love those options!” -Online Student’s Feedback about VoiceThreads compared to Discussion Boards http://voicethread.com/share/8863/ Image: Artemisia Gentileschi, Susanna and the Elders, 1610.
  • 12. What Students said about VoiceThread... http://voicethread.com/share/99673/
    • “… [h]earing the inflections in a student’s voice is important as it prevents miscommunications and hurt feelings I’ve witnessed on the discussion boards. I am also a full-time online student and after many online classes I can say that hearing my peers’ voices and seeing an image helps create a better classroom community and leads to more collaboration amongst the class. This is important as I feel lack of community is one of the biggest drawbacks to online education.”
            • -Julie Bornino
            • Online Art 10 Student, Spring ‘08
  • 13.
    • 86% of the students had never created a blog prior to the class.
    • Of the 86% that had never created a blog, 86% said the level of difficulty was easy or manageable.
    What students said about blogs... Results of a joint survey between two online classes: Michelle Pacansky-Brock’s Art Appreciation and Michelle Macfarlane’s Food Society and the Environment classes.
  • 14.
    • 86% said the blog enhanced their learning
    • 89% said the blog exposed them to different
    • 95% agreed that writing blog posts required critical thinking perspectives
    What students said about blogs... Results of a joint survey between two online classes: Michelle Pacansky-Brock’s Art Appreciation and Michelle Macfarlane’s Food Society and the Environment classes.
  • 15.
      • “ I really enjoy the blogging because in Blackboard we can’t see our classmates, but in a blog you can view them and read what they say and get to know who you share a class with. You only see their names in discussion boards, so I feel the blogs are much more effective. It makes me want to actually do my work so I can write a blog.”
            • - Online Art Appreciation Student
  • 16. Sample Art Appreciation Student Blogs Students provided permission to share their blogs for this presentation.
  • 17. Technology Overload?
    • 100% of the students said the overall use of technology used in the class was manageable.
  • 18. Makeover Advice
    • focus on the pedagogy, not the technology
    • become engaged - read educational blogs and listen to podcasts
    • take it slow, one step at a time