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Teaching Preservice Teachers Online : Pitfalls and Practices John H. Curry, Ph.D.,  Oklahoma State University Angel Kymes,...
Why would we even try? <ul><li>We were crazy . . .  </li></ul><ul><li>Many have talked about it . . . </li></ul><ul><li>Ad...
Three types of issues we faced <ul><li>Administrative </li></ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>Student </li></ul>
Administrative issues <ul><li>COE wanted a cohort in Tulsa, so an online section would solve sending a faculty member to t...
Content issues <ul><li>Course originally designed for a BlackBoard environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BlackBoard vs. Desire...
 
Content issues (cont.) <ul><li>Textbook and resources weren’t conducive to facilitating an online course </li></ul><ul><ul...
Student issues <ul><li>Late registration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many who enrolled for the second section of the course enro...
Solutions <ul><li>New text with online materials better suited to our needs </li></ul>
Solutions (cont.) <ul><li>Complete content redesign </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Better use of Desire2Learn </li></ul></ul><ul><u...
 
 
 
Use of calendar <ul><li>Everything posted on Monday, and then due Saturday at 10:00 pm. </li></ul>
Podcasting <ul><li>Tried it on a whim, after AWFUL WebQuests were turned in. </li></ul><ul><li>Chapter overviews--not cove...
One year later . . . <ul><li>Things run MUCH smoother! </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in the face to face classes </li></ul><ul...
What else has changed? <ul><li>Content, baby! </li></ul><ul><li>Out with the Office suite </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When do we...
In summary . . . <ul><li>Administrative issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Took care of themselves </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conten...
So is this a viable online course? <ul><li>The real answer? </li></ul><ul><li>It depends . . . </li></ul>
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Teaching Preservice Teachers Online: Pitfalls and Practices

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Presentation from my 3/21/08 Teacher Ed WAG. My experiences teaching the preservice teacher technology course online.

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  1. 1. Teaching Preservice Teachers Online : Pitfalls and Practices John H. Curry, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University Angel Kymes, Ph.D., Northeastern State University
  2. 2. Why would we even try? <ul><li>We were crazy . . . </li></ul><ul><li>Many have talked about it . . . </li></ul><ul><li>Administration! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Three types of issues we faced <ul><li>Administrative </li></ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>Student </li></ul>
  4. 4. Administrative issues <ul><li>COE wanted a cohort in Tulsa, so an online section would solve sending a faculty member to teach there </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation of a new course management system (Desire2Learn) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No faculty training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No student training (or warning!) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Content issues <ul><li>Course originally designed for a BlackBoard environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BlackBoard vs. Desire2Learn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>toolbox vs. hardware store </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>release conditions confusing </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Content issues (cont.) <ul><li>Textbook and resources weren’t conducive to facilitating an online course </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Site was down frequently </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lesson planning model was confusing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lesson plan builder not well designed </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Student issues <ul><li>Late registration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many who enrolled for the second section of the course enrolled after the beginning of the semester </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Late enrollees generally are not disposed to be proactive </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>OCED enrollment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students have limited or no background in education </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Solutions <ul><li>New text with online materials better suited to our needs </li></ul>
  9. 10. Solutions (cont.) <ul><li>Complete content redesign </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Better use of Desire2Learn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Different chunking methods </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Took advantage of the “Hardware Store” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use of the calendar </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 14. Use of calendar <ul><li>Everything posted on Monday, and then due Saturday at 10:00 pm. </li></ul>
  11. 15. Podcasting <ul><li>Tried it on a whim, after AWFUL WebQuests were turned in. </li></ul><ul><li>Chapter overviews--not covering everything </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Four parts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Music shout out </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Content overview </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Quiz password </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Description of assignments </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 16. One year later . . . <ul><li>Things run MUCH smoother! </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in the face to face classes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>f2f students heard about the podcasts and wanted to hear them as well </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opened up time in the face to face classrooms--now a truer hybrid </li></ul></ul>
  13. 17. What else has changed? <ul><li>Content, baby! </li></ul><ul><li>Out with the Office suite </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When do we get past teaching word processing to students? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In with the “Freak of the Week” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring on blogs, welcome wikis, promote podcasting, validate video, remember RSS, support social networking and bookmarking, and NEVER forget folksonomies! </li></ul></ul>
  14. 18. In summary . . . <ul><li>Administrative issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Took care of themselves </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Content issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solved with redesign and new text </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Student issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some still exist, but familiarity with D2L has helped TREMENDOUSLY </li></ul></ul>
  15. 19. So is this a viable online course? <ul><li>The real answer? </li></ul><ul><li>It depends . . . </li></ul>
  16. 20. Questions?

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