EEC Presentation: Teaching And Learning Online

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Presentation made by Sarah Myers and Cathy Cranston for the Employee Enhancement Committee. Cathy's portion was about teaching online.

Presentation made by Sarah Myers and Cathy Cranston for the Employee Enhancement Committee. Cathy's portion was about teaching online.

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  • Welcome to our presentation on Distance Education. Please enjoy your lunches and our presentation. We will have question and answer time at the end.

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  • 1. Teaching and Learning Online Through Distance Education Sarah Myers and Cathy Cranston
  • 2. The World of Online Learning
    • It’s the wave of the future, according to…
      • William Draves, author of Teaching and Learning Online
      • “ The Internet is the biggest technological change in education and learning since the advent of the printed book some 500 years ago. It is destroying the traditional classroom and replacing it with an even better way to learn and teach.”
  • 3. The World of Online Learning for Librarians
    • But in actuality…there are pros and cons to pursuing a degree online, or teaching a course online
    • Far and Away: The Pros and Cons of a “Long-Distance” MIS by Laura B. Raphael
  • 4. Libraries are riding the wave
    • Library School Distance Education programs are growing each year. Some reasons for their popularity are:
      • Convenience and Flexibility
      • Cutting-edge, high technology
      • Ability to maintain current life while pursuing a degree
  • 5. What you need to Succeed as a Distance Education Student
    • You have to be motivated – self-motivator
    • You have to be organized
    • You have to have good time management skills
    • You have to have excellent written communication skills and clearly present your questions or discussions
  • 6. What you need to Succeed as a Distance Education Student
    • You must meet some kind of technology requirement, specified by the school.
    • You need access to a computer. It is generally helpful to have a high speed connection, especially when accessing video or audio files or when downloading files.
    • DE programs are not necessarily correspondence courses. The classes are structured, assignments have specific due dates and there is a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous communication.
  • 7. Distance Education Tips
    • Print Everything
    • Get Organized
      • Use a three-ring binder with divider tabs
    • Take time for yourself
    • Know that you’re not alone
    • Try out different classes
  • 8. More tips…
    • To be successful, you must:
      • Be Self-starting
      • Be Directive
      • Be Organized
      • Be Motivated
      • Have Desire
      • Self Assessment for Distance Education
  • 9. Why *I* Like the Format
    • Flexible
    • Intense
    • Learn without distractions
    • Can get ALA accredited MLIS or MLS without having to move!
  • 10. Distance Education Library Programs
    • Lists of LIS programs are available at:
      • www.ala.org/alaorg/oa/disted.html
      • www.libraryhq.com/distance.html
    • When choosing a school, consult ALA’s Guidelines for Choosing a Master's Program in Library & Information Studies at http:// www.ala.org/alaorg/oa/guide.html
  • 11. Signs of a Good Distance Education Program
    • ALA accreditation
    • Full-text databases available
    • Real-time class interaction
    • Mix of Print and Electronic Resources
    • Opportunity for personal contact
    • Wide range of classes
    • Communication, communication, communication!
  • 12. How it works
    • WebCT at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
      • https://uwm.courses.wisc.edu/
        • Technology Requirements: http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/SOIS/academics/deptechreq.html
  • 13. There’s more out there!
    • Different levels of education
      • Continuing Education
      • Master’s degree
      • Doctorate
    • There’s not just library science out there either! For example:
      • Master’s in Geography
      • Master’s in Computer Science
      • And more. . .
  • 14. Want to get your feet wet?
    • Try taking a short Distance Education course
      • http:// www.barnesandnobleuniversity.com /
      • http:// www.fathom.com
    • Or try taking a course from CSU’s Distance Education - http:// www.learn.colostate.edu /
    • Or through the Colorado Consortium - http:// www.colorado.edu/ccis /
  • 15. Libraries making waves
    • Bibliographic Instruction goes online
      • Tutorials
      • Data Game
      • And now, a full-fledged course. . .
      • LI301
  • 16. Top Ten Reasons Why Cognitive Learning Online is Better
    • 10. You can learn at your own peak learning time of day.
    • 9. You can learn at your own speed.
    • 8. You can learn faster.
    • 7. You can interact more with the teacher and other participants.
    • 6. There are more topics and subjects online.
  • 17. Top Ten Reasons Why Cognitive Learning Online is Better (cont.)
    • 5. Participants come from around the world.
    • 4. You can learn from the foremost authorities and experts.
    • 3. Online learning is less expensive and thus more accessible.
    • 2. Internet links provide more resources.
    • 1. You can form a virtual community. ~William Draves. Teaching Online. Pg. 12.
  • 18. Challenges of Teaching Online
    • Time commitment to learning new technology
    • Time commitment to setting up online
    • Finding new ways to engage the students and help them overcome obstacles to online learning
  • 19. New Environment = Adaptations
    • Assessment tools
      • Discussion Rubric
    • Lesson Plans
    • Assignments
  • 20. Morgan Library Goes Online
    • LI301 has traditionally been taught face to face, 2 times a semester
    • Fall 2003, one face to face, and the ‘launch’ of our online version
    • Online version models the face to face class, but translates the lessons, assignments and assessments into electronically friendly versions
  • 21. How it works
    • Logging in to CSU’s WebCT
      • http://webct.colostate.edu/
  • 22. Conclusion
    • Questions?
    • Comments?
      • Have any of you experienced Distance Education courses?
      • What is your opinion?