Great expectations for teaching excellence

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Great expectations for teaching excellence

  1. 1. Great Expectations How to Influence Student Learning and Get a Good QA Teaching Review Increase Student Success Document Excellence Cutting Edge Instruction Quality
  2. 2. CCCOnline Core Value Quality:  We commit to excelling in learner- centered instruction.  Strategic Goal: Student Success ◦ Presence, engagement, student outcomes  Department Goal: Documentation of quality instruction
  3. 3. Share the News announcements: Increase student learning I  Make sure Instructor Information is current and personal  Include an image: a personal photo, some clip art, to liven the page. ◦ Keep the image small (roughly 500x500 pixels) ◦ Crop if necessary (use www.picresize.com ) ◦ All images must be captioned
  4. 4. Post News Every Week  Summarize learning from last week  Summarize expectations for coming week, including: ◦ Discussion topics ◦ Due dates ◦ Timeline of larger projects  Share tips or knowledge with students for this week’s work
  5. 5. Discussions: Make yourself Known even before courses start  Seed discussions: ◦ Introduces the subject, ask thought questions ◦ Give information on expectations and grading information  Create your own personal and informal introduction in Discussions. ◦ The more human you appear, the better.
  6. 6. Discussions: Online Ice Breakers Help students get comfortable or think about a subject  Ask about a best or worst experience with the subject  Ask about career goals and subject(not great for history classes!)  Share hobbies or interests
  7. 7. Discussions: Personalize!  Address students by name  Respond to every student with a warm welcome. ◦ You might use information on student interests or hobbies to suggest topics for big projects.  Respond to every student at least once in every module forum ◦ Offer more information, ask a question
  8. 8. Discussions: Make your presence known!  Instructor participation is the number one determinant of student engagement  Participate 3-4 days a week. ◦ Respond to student discussions within 24-48 hours ◦ Post even when students do not ◦ Re-engage on student comments
  9. 9. Increase Student Learning II: Add information to Discussions • Post new information in every response • Post new information in News  Post links to sources or bibliography or CCCOnline library journals • Summarize discussion each week to reinforce learning at the top of the Forum. This may be copied to the News page.
  10. 10. Discussions: Foster Learning by Making Students Want to Participate  Acknowledge student learning in every response: ◦ Praise point of view or contribution to the discussion  Interact with the entire class: ◦ Post new information or summaries of views by addressing “Everyone” or “Class”
  11. 11. Email: Be responsive  Email should be answered within 24 hours, no exceptions  If you are unable to do this, let your chair know so your course will be covered  Use student’s name in emails  Email cannot be monitored – always copy any issues into another format (hidden discussion is good)
  12. 12. Increase Student Learning III: Grading  Grade within 72 hours  Mark up assignments using Word comments  Make comments on grade page  Use Rubrics where available: ◦ Tell students to refer to them before the project is done ◦ Use them to give objective mark, but supplement with written comments
  13. 13. Grading: Make it useful to Students  Keep comments short – don’t overwhelm the student with information  Mix praise with critique – help student want to read more  Grade writing and grammar + content  Do offer additional information on drafts (other sources, other points of view)
  14. 14. Feedback: Be kind, be helpful  Adopt a persona of cheerful helpfulness (even if you don’t feel it)  Offer praise first, then critique  Instead of blunt“bad job,” soften the language: ◦ I am confused . . . Why do you say . . .? ◦ I wonder if you have considered . . . ◦ That’s a great point. Another way of looking at this issue is . . .
  15. 15. Minimum expectations:  Presence ◦ Check email daily ◦ Post within 48 hours, 3x per week* ◦ Grade timely: within72 hours  Personalize ◦ Seed discussions, greet students in introduction* ◦ Address every student 1x per week by name  Promote Learning ◦ Reengage with additional comments* ◦ Summarize discussions weekly*  Post News announcement weekly ◦ Summarize last week’s learning ◦ Summarize this week’s themes & deadlines *QA requirements
  16. 16. One last thing . . .  Be mindful of accessibility: before recommending a link to a student, see if it is accessible to all  Captions. ◦ Videos. This is easy to do for Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbUcv3Bc61 g ◦ Images (and watch the size, too. Crop with www.picresize.com or Photoshop) ◦ Podcasts. Use Camtasia, or Voicethread.com
  17. 17. More information: Free images (online courses should be VISUAL!)  Copyright-free images to liven web pages ◦ http://www.morguefile.com/ ◦ http://www.seabreezecomputers.com/tips/ freeimages.htm ◦ http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/top-5- websites-for-free-stock-photographs/ ◦ Flickr.com with Creative Commons license ◦ Wikipedia ◦ Library of Congress, LOC.gov (no known restrictions clause)
  18. 18. More Information: Student Engagement  Faculty Focus: Higher Ed Teaching Strategies, http://www.facultyfocus.com/  Validating student feedback through review of online program delivery best practices, http://www.deltastate.edu/PDFFiles/DJE/ Herring%20and%20Burgess%20Final.pd f  CCCOnline.Org>Teaching Resources>Building Community>Research on Community

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