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  • Online Teaching: Breaking the Distance Barrier [email_address] North Bay, Ontario, Canada A presentation for the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka March 18, 2009
  • Online Teaching: Breaking the Distance Barrier
    • Communication Technologies & Online Learning
    • Online Learning/Teaching Mechanisms
      • Practical Learning in the Online World
    • Preparing to go Online
    • 5 Myths
    • What Online Students & Teachers Say
  • Communication Technologies and Online Learning
    • Cutting Edge?
    One word
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  • The Engineers of Tomorrow Interest in on-line education is growing with students AND teachers Source: Project Tomorrow Report – US Data, April 8, 2008 Rapid Acceleration of Access to Mobile Devices
  • Educational Cutting Edge Communication Technologies….
    • Internet-Based Education
    • Video conferencing, Wiki’s, Global Projects
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ismasan/3256193110/
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  • How Many Online Students? Source: Sloan Surveys
  • Size Matters Larger institutions teach, on average, far more online students Institution Size Source: Sloan Surveys
  • What’s happening in the World of Online Learning?
    • Synchronous / Asynchronous / Blended
    • Webinars
    • Online Workshops
    • Courses / Programs
    • Blended with F2F
    • Online Communities
  • Synchronous/Asynchronous/Blended
    • Webinars
    What’s happening in the World of Online Learning?
  • Synchronous/Asynchronous/Blended
    • Online Workshops (Synchronous/Asynchronous/Blended)
    What’s happening in the World of Online Learning? scope.bccampus.ca/
  • Synchronous/Asynchronous/Blended
    • Courses / Programs (Growth of Moodle)
    What’s happening in the World of Online Learning?
  • Synchronous/Asynchronous/Blended
    • Courses / Programs (Growth of Moodle)
    What’s happening in the World of Online Learning?
      • Close to 9 million online users
      • 160 Countries
      • 75 Languages
      • (as of January 2007)
    Growth of Moodle Sites (by month) 2001 2007
  • Synchronous/Asynchronous/Blended
    • Online Communities
    What’s happening in the World of Online Learning? Over 20,000 members
  • What’s happening in the World of Online Learning?
      • OCW
      • Learning Object Repositories
      • Curriki
      • Connexions
    What does this mean if you are an institute thinking about going online? Open Educational Resources (OER)
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  • More than just Internet Cafes www.nodes.lk Matara Anuradhapura Ambalangoda Colombo Kandy
  • Online Learning/Teaching Mechanisms
    • What does it mean
    • To know?
    • To learn?
    • To teach
    • Four views….
    www.flickr.com/photos/mushon/197192450
  • Attainment Motivation Engagement Critical Thinking The Basic Requirements for Learning
  • Learning Theories MOTIVATION GOOD PRACTICE CONTENT
    • STUDENT
    Social Constructivist Cognitive Behavioural
  • Teaching Process Pathway to Learning Direct Instruction Indirect Instruction Experiential Instruction Independent Content Interactive Instruction Prior Knowledge Learning Style Motivating Factors Student Environment Instructional Strategies Adapted from Jones, 2005 - with input from Honsberger, Peach and Phillips Assessment of & for Learning Goals Content Assessment Preparation Stage Delivery Stage Evaluation Teacher to Student Student to Teacher Student to Student Student to Content Learning Activities Student to Environment
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  • Good Learning… Student to student Student to teacher Student to content Student to interface
  • Components of Good Learning… Online Everything about the course should reflect your organizations’ beliefs about learning
  • Components of Good Learning… Online Student to student Student to teacher Student to content Student to interface
  • Anatomy of an online Lesson Applying Learning/Teaching Beliefs Learning Activities
  • Good Learning… Student to student Student to teacher Student to content Student to interface Learning Activities
  • Lesson Level Activities
    • Web Research / WebQuests
    • Discussion Forums – Student Moderated
    • Discussion Forums – Instructor Moderated
    • CD-Based Materials
    • Course Notes – Printed
    • Course Notes – Online
    • Chat Sessions
    • Online Meetings
    • Hand-In Assignments
    • Research Projects
    • Wikis
    • PowerPoint Presentation
    • PowerPoint Presentation with Audio
    • Flash Interaction
    • Online Crosswords
    • Surveys and Polls
    • Self-Correcting Quizzes
    • Hand-in Assignments
    • Role Plays
    • Debates
    • Online Case Studies
    • Video Streaming
    • Rollovers / Flash Cards
    • Journals
  • Engineering Examples http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/software/simulations/ http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/antenna/climatechange/ http://www.channel4.com/science/microsites/R/robots/ http://www.mathcasts.org/gg/student/anim/cannon5/indexw.html http://www.jhu.edu/~virtlab/bridge/truss.htm https://learningspaces.njit.edu/aggregator/sources/4 http://biomine.skelleftea.se/html/flotspel/MCAOresomeFroth_v3/oresome.html http://www.eduweb.com/portfolio/designsatellite/
  • Discussion Boards Community Building…
  • Group Work – From Human Relations Course
  • Three Questions…
    • What do you think are the Benefits / Problem Areas for some of the online activities I have presented?
    • Which of the examples would you like to revisit in more detail? WHY?
    • Which examples do you feel would be best suited to inclusion in an online engineering course? WHY?
  • Preparing to go Online – Institute
    • What supports are necessary?
    www.flickr.com/photos/ravegedmonkey/105673061
  • Preparing to go Online – Institute
    • A vision for success – be realistic
    • A Plan – you know what they say….
  • Preparing to go Online – Institute
    • HOW NODES CAN HELP
    Mark Lamontagne, International Team Leader, Distance Education Modernization Project Video Appearance From North Bay
  • Preparing to go Online – Teacher
    • What does a teacher do online?
    THE FIRST FOUR WEEKS…. Provide important information repeatedly - Home page message, email, Discussion Board. Humour and Humanism – the instructor is REAL! I am VERY available – email (within online environment and outside), discussion boards, telephone, virtual office hours. Pre-Course “Sandbox” First, come to understand the job of the online teacher, then provide the supports that are necessary for him/her to be successful. After all, an online teacher is the new ‘front door’ to your institute!
  • Preparing to go Online – Teacher
    • Expectations of Students (you should hear your students more than yourself)
  • Preparing to go Online – Teacher
    • HOW NODES COULD HELP
    Mark Lamontagne, International Team Leader, Distance Education Modernization Project Video Appearance From North Bay
  • Preparing to go Online – Student
    • Benefits for Student:
      • Interactive Education
      • Hidden Curriculum (IT Skills, Research Skills, Collaboration Skills)
      • Savings on Travel Time
      • Savings on Travel Costs
      • More Time with Family
    • What are the attributes of a successful online students? <see handout>
    • What can the teacher/institute do?
  • Preparing to go Online – Student
    • HOW NODES COULD HELP
    Mark Lamontagne, International Team Leader, Distance Education Modernization Project Video Appearance From North Bay
  • 5 Myths about Online Learning
    • Student: “It’s an easy credit”
    Not so, if higher order thinking and social constructivist learning is incorporated into the design
  • 5 Myths about Online Learning
    • Student: “You need a high speed internet connection”
    Not so, if institute is mindful of bandwidth when designing online course – good learning mustn’t be digitally ‘heavy’.
  • 5 Myths about Online Learning
    • Institution: “You can’t do soft skills or practical skills online”
    Think LEARNING first, Online is only a delivery system
  • 5 Myths about Online Learning
    • Institution: “It takes a huge amount of time and resources to develop an online course”.
    Not so, if a systems approach is applied and thoughtful attention to human resource requirements.
  • 5 Myths about Online Learning
    • Teacher: “It’s easy for a student to cheat”
    Not so, if a pro-active approach is taken when designing assessments.
  • Final Thoughts
    • Five Habits of Successful Online Institutes
    • Develop a long term plan – 5 years at least
    • Know why you are jumping in, review learning/teaching beliefs – incorporate into design & communicate it!
    • Students, students, students
    • Teachers, teachers, teachers
    • Opportunity to rejuvenate – reinvent
  • What Students and Teachers Say about Online Education
    • From the students …
      • I actually learn more when it is an online course versus in-class. Why? Simply because I find that in-class people tend to deviate, and the same people are the ones always talking. I much prefer this learning.
      • I must admit, my motivation for an on-line course was to avoid an inflexible schedule and time obligation that a classroom course requires. I was very surprised to see the depth of discussion and level of participation.
    Reproduced with permission from ODL students
  • DO IT!
    • Feel free to contact me through email to follow up on any points from today:
    • [email_address]
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    • Thank You
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