Week1lesson final-collab

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Online training course - final week 1 lesson. Intro to online teaching, backwards course design, dos and don'ts for online teaching.

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Week1lesson final-collab

  1. 1. Week 1 Advantages & Challenges of Online Teaching Dos & Don’ts of Online Development Designing Backwards
  2. 2. So you’re going to teach online... If you’re new to online teaching, you might be feeling a bit like this right now: It’s true, the online classroom is different from a traditional one - but there are many great reasons to teach online.
  3. 3. Advantages to Teaching Online: * Flexibility of time and space - you manage your course; and students learn anytime, from anywhere! * Equity of interaction - all students are involved - not just the most comfortable. * Quality of response - students have time to reflect before responding.
  4. 4. Advantages to Teaching Online: * Customized learning - students can move through materials at their own pace. *Fewer distractions - no one can walk in and interrupt your online class - and students aren’t sidetracked by Facebook while you lecture. *Archiving ability - students are easily able to review course content, and instructors have archive data for assessment.
  5. 5. * Durability of the course - the course can go on despite time conflicts, illness, weather, and other interruptions. *Value of professional experience - as more and more programs and courses are moving online, experience with teaching online sets you up for opportunities in the future. Advantages to Teaching Online:
  6. 6. Challenges of teaching online: *Converting a course to an online format involves a steep learning curve and can be time-consuming. *Course activities are going on every hour of the day and night, requiring consistent “checking in.” *Online teaching sometimes requires very specific written instructions and lots of reminders and emails.
  7. 7. Challenges of teaching online: *Students must be self-starters to be successful, and so must instructors as well. *Online communication lacks body language, gestures, and facial expressions to convey meaning.
  8. 8. DOs & DON’Ts for developing your online course
  9. 9. DO develop the WHOLE course before it starts: * The course must be fully developed before the start of the semester in order to check technologies, compatibilities, and operations beforehand. *Students taking online courses want flexibility to work ahead. *Once the course is developed, you can spend your teaching time implementing.
  10. 10. DON’T make your online course exactly the same as your face-to-face course: *Maintain the same goals & objectives, but delivery methods and assignments should be adapted for the online environment. *Some resources may not be adaptable to an online course, specifically videos and copyrighted materials. *Your role will be different: facilitator instead of sage-on-the- stage. Students become more active constructors of their learning.
  11. 11. DO focus on active learning and collaboration! *It may seem difficult to do group projects online, but you can! Including collaborative assignments and discussion will enrich the online experience for you and your students. *Moodle features such as forum, chat, and groups can help facilitate active learning online.
  12. 12. DO consult the experts: *Use an online course rubric to guide the development of your class. (Links also posted in Moodle.) Cal State Chico Rubric for Online instruction Quality Matters Rubric
  13. 13. DO work backwards: *Backwards course design keeps you (& your students) focused on the ultimate goal of the course. *It gives the course a unified feel, as all lessons & assignments move toward the final objectives.
  14. 14. Doing Backwards Design: *Start by defining the course goals and objectives. *Design the final project/exam/exercise that aligns with the overarching course goal. *Create other assignments for the course that meet objectives leading to the final goal.
  15. 15. Doing backwards design, cont.: *After assignments & activities are created, situate them within the course outline. *Add assessments to gauge student learning & provide formative feedback.
  16. 16. *Think about the course goal for your online class: After taking your course, how will students be different? Post your course goal to Moodle forum #1. *What activities & projects have been most successful in traditional courses you’ve taught? How can they be adapted to fit the course goal, and the online environment? Post your thoughts to Moodle forum #2. Forum Questions:
  17. 17. Moodle features for week 1: *On Moodle, download the Week 1 Moodle document and set up some navigational & organizational tools for your course.
  18. 18. Notes & Citations: *Image: Microsoft ClipArt *Backwards course design information and slides adapted from Ross Peterson-Veatch, Course Development Institute powerpoint presentation, May & June 2013. Used with permission.

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