Online Tools to Engage Your Students Jennifer Kauffman Fall 2012Students will be able to nameengaging tools that they caneffectively use in their online course.
What type of learner are you? Choose from the following: 1.visual learner 2.auditory learner 3.read and write learner 4.kinesthetics learner Type in the chat box to tell us which of these four choices describes you. Infographic from Online College.org http://edudemic.com/2012/07/types-of-learning/
Online Tools to Engage Your Students1. Discussion Boards2. Blogs3. Video Clips4. If you build it can they find it and use it? Go Animate Prezi IM Others5. Resources
“The use of unorthodox teaching methods encourages Discussion Boards student involvement and helped students become personally engaged in the course material”-Webb Teacher sets guidelines by helping students to understand their role in the discussion forum. Model good communication Discussion must have purpose, share how it relates to the learning objectives Create open ended questions allowing students to explore and apply what they are learning- targets the higher-order thinking skills Why do you think that? What is your reasoning? Is there an alternative strategy? Ask clarifying questions that encourage students to think about what they know and dont know. Provide incentives for student participation How many discussions should a 16 week course include? Why? (Type your response in the chat window.)
“…online environment can be richer than face- to-face situations…”-DaiBlogs Blogs present content in reverse chronological order If possible, host within the course management system Provide a rubric to help students know what is expected of them Instructors can add current content to their class Don’t duplicate content from the main part of the course content Great place to put news and announcements where the students can ask clarifying questions What clarifying question would you ask about blogs? (Type your response in the chat window.)
Video Clips Can stimulate discussion if video is relevant to the course Brief, 5 minutes After viewing students participate in a discussion based on the video. Again be sure to give guidelines as to the length of their response to the video and also the number of responses to their peers Where do you think we could post our discussions about the video? a. Discussion board b. Blog
Go Animate http://goanimate.com/videos/0q_vujgXm 9l0?utm_source=emailshare&refuser=0tdk 8RHKuXKw View the Go! Animate video and then tell us if you have tried this program.
“The quality of your contribution is more important than the length of each component.” Prezi -University of Oregon Very similar to power point to create Enables instructor to present information in a fun techie manner Accepts files, you tube, web links, screen shots, videos, pictures, etc.http://prezi.com/plttmx-9gu8b/online-teaching/
“…IM is best suited for brainstorming,IM investigating, or exploring issues.”-Kelly Setting up for each participant Chats can be set up in groups-different days of the week, and times to meet the needs of all learners Students have to give their undivided attention, no multitasking Form study groups Students can IM you, and you IM them Policies and expectations have to be clear from the beginning Keep a chat log-some students may prefer to participate in smaller group over a whole class chat Don’t micromanage-let them keep it informal Tells us, other than your phone texting, where do you currently use IM?
Others to check out Web Field Trips “Educators should Google Reader engage students early and often, using Twitter different learning Wiki strategies customized to the class content Slide Rocket and the students’ pre- existing knowledge. Creative Commons - Angelino, Williams, Na tvig
Quizlet http://quizlet.com/8353069/learning- online-flash-cards/ In groups of 4, where could we create and discuss our Quizlet flash cards?
Diigo Use it as your personal library A place to store all of your online sources A place where the entire class can add resources
Works Cited1. Online Classroom Magna Publication December 2007Mingsheng Dai, PhD “10 Ways to engage Students in an OnlineCourse”2. Online Classroom Magna Publication ed. Rob Kelly“Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning Tools: 15 Strategies forEngaging online Students Using Real-time Chat, Threaded Discussionsand Blogs”3. EduCause Review Online December 2009 by Ed Webb“Engaging Students with Engaging Tools”4. The Journal of Educators Online, Vol. 4, #2, July 2007.“Strategies to Engage Online Students and Reduce Attrition Rates” byAngelino, Williams, and Natvig.5. University of Oregon, a division of the University Teaching andLearning Center. Teaching Effectiveness Program BlackboardDiscussion Board “Generating and Facilitating Engaging and EffectiveOnline Discussions”