Best Practices for Online Learning
Effective Strategies That Work!

Marie Coleman
M1 Project: Professional Learning Commun...
Strategy 1:
Create Learning Circles

Photo credit to JerThorp on Flickr
Strategy 2:
Initiate Acceptable Netiquettes
Photo Credit to Brandon Warren on Flickr
Strategy 3:
Schedule
Weekly
Office
Hour
Strategy 4:
Turn Your LMS Into an Online Playground
Photo Credit to Josh on Flickr
Strategy 5:
Use Creative Assessments

Photo Credit to Jeff Daly on Flickr
Photo Credit to D. Sharon Pruitt on Flickr

Strategy 6:
Let Students Pace Themselves
Tip Resources
• Strategy 1: Tip from Ed Tech Leaders Online Discussion
Forum via EdWeb PLC. http://www.edweb.net/.59d40cf3...
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  • - A tip for facilitating large online classes is to organize informal learning teams to offer assistance in the course. This provides a chance for students to collaboratively work together or problem-solve and also prevents facilitator from being the ‘sage’.- In my class, I would try to incorporate these teams from the initial week possibly via the Introduction activity/discussion.- Tip from Ed Tech Leaders Online Discussion Forum via EdWeb. http://www.edweb.net/.59d40cf3/0
  • - In Edudemic blog post, How to Build Effective Online Learning Communities, SaurabhTyagi emphasizes that with a thriving learning community, one must be facilitate the group conversation and setting expectations is vital.- Just like one would set up classroom protocol as a good management technique, I would do the same within not only the syllabus, but also remind within the discussion forum posts.- Tip from Edudemic Twitter tweet. https://twitter.com/Edudemic/status/391398714621046784
  • - One of the toughest challenges in any class is making sure that students have opportunity to ask questions, get clarification, and understand feedback. Though there are a variety of communication tools via a typical LMS, holding a traditional office hour on a weekly basis provided synchronous conversation rather than relying on the typical asynchronous devices.- I would schedule a weekly office hour, but I would attempt to diversify the day of the week/time of day in order to access as many students as possible.-Tip from The Strategies for Providing Effective Feedback in Online Professional Development webinar (02.12.13) via Ed Tech Leaders Online and archived on Ed Web http://www.edweb.net/.59e483a2/
  • - Sylvia Guinan’sarchived session from the Reform Symposium Conference focuses on “streamlined, creative, user-driven, brain-friendly activities”. She emphasizes the need for color, clarity, and collaborative tools as a way to engage students in learning. - Though I wish I had more time to develop these design features for my entire class, I would definitely start with using color in fonts to help separate text, incorporate video and audio, and encourage informal chat via a ‘water cooler’ discussion forum.- Tip from Shelly Terrell’s Twitter tweet https://twitter.com/ShellTerrell/status/393368130141302786 )
  • - Sylvia’s presentation was chock-full of strategies, so I will add a few other ways to turn your LMS into a virtual playground. Using creative assessments such as artistic book clubs, journalling, collaborative poetry, music, and making comic strip stories are not only creative but individualized ways to allow students to show what they know.- These kinds of creative activities are so appealing and they would work well for my online class. I would incorporate them with real-life projects or simulations as often as possible – a problem-based learning scenario, for example.- Tip from Shelly Terrell’s Twitter tweet https://twitter.com/ShellTerrell/status/393368130141302786
  • -This strategy may be a bit controversial, given the procrastination trait among many students (and teachers). Grace Rubenstein in Ten Takeaway Tips for Online Learningin Edutopia notes that students should have control of their content materials at any time…but they should also have a few “big-picture, benchmark deadlines” to guide them to completion.-Modules may generally be set up for completion on a weekly basis, but I would allow earlier access for those ready to move forward and a ‘late’ deadline for those who need more time to complete assignments.-Tip from ISTE’s Special Interest Group Online Learning http://sigol.iste.wikispaces.net/Online+Learning+Resources
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    1. 1. Best Practices for Online Learning Effective Strategies That Work! Marie Coleman M1 Project: Professional Learning Communities Photo Credit to JD Hancock on Flickr
    2. 2. Strategy 1: Create Learning Circles Photo credit to JerThorp on Flickr
    3. 3. Strategy 2: Initiate Acceptable Netiquettes Photo Credit to Brandon Warren on Flickr
    4. 4. Strategy 3: Schedule Weekly Office Hour
    5. 5. Strategy 4: Turn Your LMS Into an Online Playground Photo Credit to Josh on Flickr
    6. 6. Strategy 5: Use Creative Assessments Photo Credit to Jeff Daly on Flickr
    7. 7. Photo Credit to D. Sharon Pruitt on Flickr Strategy 6: Let Students Pace Themselves
    8. 8. Tip Resources • Strategy 1: Tip from Ed Tech Leaders Online Discussion Forum via EdWeb PLC. http://www.edweb.net/.59d40cf3/0 • Strategy 2: Tip from Edudemic Twitter tweet. https://twitter.com/Edudemic/status/39139871462104678 4 • Strategy 3: Tip from The Strategies for Providing Effective Feedback in Online Professional Development webinar (02.12.13) via Ed Tech Leaders Online archived on Ed Web PLC. http://www.edweb.net/.59e483a2/ • Strategies 4 & 5: Tip from Shelly Terrell’s Twitter tweet https://twitter.com/ShellTerrell/status/3933681301413027 86 • Strategy 6: Tip from ISTE’s Special Interest Group Online Learning http://sigol.iste.wikispaces.net/Online+Learning+Resources
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