Our students are changing…Previous barriers to higher education are dissolving: – Location – Financial – Gender & race – Physical disability – Learning disability / style…Which is wonderful, but also Image: www.uwi.edu brings new challenges
Landscape of knowledge is changing…Storage of knowledge: Then vs. nowGlobally negotiated meaning and information sharingOpen source toolsKnowledge creators are changingPace of knowledge creation and sharing is changing*Interactive audio-visual sessions emphasize process in addition to content Image: www.ChrisHarrison.net
Our courses are changing…• Moodle transition coming soon• Addition of many new, upper level courses which may not have the support features (i.e. MyMathLab)• Wonderful instructional technology team makes resources• …but why not put the power of creation also in the hands of instructors?• Allows for adaptability, development of community of learners• Captures the synergy often found in synchronous exchanges
Where to start?Prior learning experiences impact how students address “Where do I begin?”-Beginning in Face-to-face vs. Online Image: www.catalogs.com-Student post “I am working both daysuntil 7 p.m. So 8 or 9 p.m will be better forme. Thanks a lot for giving us theopportunity to talk to you. As thiseducation system is totally new for me, Ihave no idea whats going on.”
Tool: Desktop sharing[In the presentation, we will explore the Desktop sharing feature]
Tool: Desktop sharing• Synchronous discussion (foreign language, proof writing, skill building)• Virtual tours• Help sessions (math, writing workshop)• Interactive tutorials• Library research skills*A dynamic alternative to text!
Tool: Whiteboard• Create open educational resources that are mobile friendly!• Recommendations – Viztablet – Headset – Black background – BB Publish (to make recordings mobile friendly)
Data 100 90“From posts to patterns: A metric to % Student participation 80 70 characterize discussion board activity 60 in online courses” (Bliss & Lawrence, 50 Ask a Quest. 40 Livechat 2009) 30 20 – Participation – How many enrolled 10 students participated in the discussion? 0 Ask a Quest. Livechat – Quantity (student) – How active were students, once they decided to 16 14 participate? No. posts/per participating 12 – Quantity (instructor) – How many 10 student posts did an instructor make, per 8 Ask a Quest. participating student? 6 Livechat – Quality – Were posts on/off topic? 4 Educationally valuable or Educationally 2 Less Valuable 0 Ask a Quest. Livechat Ask a Question: Asynchronous Livechat: Synchronous
Student feedback This was the first time that I This has been the best CDL course I have ever taken ever.... I have never actually felt like had a professor as helpful and I was in a class! actively engaged with their students as her. It is the teacher that sets the mood of the classroom and she was able to positively accomplish that in a distance learning environment whereas some cant even do so in a face-to-face classroom. We are lucky to be her students. I highly appreciate that she even did live whiteboard sessions with us to make I was very nervous when I sure we understood every concept. started, because I wasnt sure what to expect... I was pleasantly surprised when I started this class and immediately we had a live chat…This has been my most pleasant experience with online math classes…
Final considerations…• Participation optional?• Sessions recorded• Setting tone / common agreements• Frequency• Rotating days/times• Ensuring all students have a voice• Access (don’t rely too much on voice, nor on text)Open the door for all to succeed!