Then vs Now Charles J. Ansorge Department of Educational Psychology May 10, 2006
Background <ul><li>Professor, Educational Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Program Director </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quantitative...
Why Distance Education? <ul><li>Encouragement to offer statistics course to graduate students enrolled in distance program...
Rough Start <ul><li>My distance teaching adventure almost over before it began </li></ul><ul><li>First experience with syn...
Rough Start (cont’d) <ul><li>Found it exceedingly difficult to manage students at all of the sites.  </li></ul><ul><li>The...
Rough Start (cont’d) <ul><li>After course completed met with two individuals who offered encouraging words--Nancy Aden-Fox...
New Teaching Paradigm  <ul><li>Shift from synchronous teaching to asynchronous  </li></ul><ul><li>Removed the “live” manag...
Streamed Video  <ul><li>The class content from the face-to-face class was compressed to a size that would permit view- ing...
Class Videos <ul><li>Objective was to provide materials for the online course similar to face-to-face </li></ul><ul><li>Be...
Creation of CDs <ul><li>Bandwidth issues made me consider an alternative way to share approximately 28 hours of content </...
CDs (cont’d) <ul><li>Availability of videos on the CDs huge addition for the online class </li></ul><ul><li>Quality satisf...
What Next? <ul><li>CDs were very useful during the past few years </li></ul><ul><li>Some content was too fuzzy, however </...
What Next (cont’d) <ul><li>Polled students in spring from class to find out about access to DVD players on computer </li><...
What Next (cont’d) <ul><li>Plan to incorporate podcasts into classes </li></ul><ul><li>Have made weekly updates available ...
What Next (cont’d) <ul><li>Have been using EDU as the assessment engine for exams </li></ul><ul><li>Had been standalone on...
Summary <ul><li>Technology has changed significantly in the past seven years.  </li></ul><ul><li>Much improved tools avail...
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Then vs Now

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This is a set of slides used as part of the keynote address for the Summer Institute for Online Teaching that was presented in May, 2006. A group of 25 faculty from the University of Nebraska met on the first day of what would be a six-week course on learning to teach students at a distance.

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Then vs Now

  1. 1. Then vs Now Charles J. Ansorge Department of Educational Psychology May 10, 2006
  2. 2. Background <ul><li>Professor, Educational Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Program Director </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quantitative, Qualitative, and Psychometric Methods </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teach beginning level and advanced level statistics (distance and face-to-face) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why Distance Education? <ul><li>Encouragement to offer statistics course to graduate students enrolled in distance program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational Administration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nursing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructional Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Long-time interest in technology </li></ul><ul><li>Encouragement from President Dennis Smith </li></ul>
  4. 4. Rough Start <ul><li>My distance teaching adventure almost over before it began </li></ul><ul><li>First experience with synchronous teaching with satellite </li></ul><ul><li>Download links to Grand Island, Kearney, and Norfolk plus Lincoln </li></ul>
  5. 5. Rough Start (cont’d) <ul><li>Found it exceedingly difficult to manage students at all of the sites. </li></ul><ul><li>The class was a nightmare--worst teaching experience on my career </li></ul><ul><li>Never again </li></ul><ul><li>Not cut out to be a distance educator </li></ul>
  6. 6. Rough Start (cont’d) <ul><li>After course completed met with two individuals who offered encouraging words--Nancy Aden-Fox and Bea Gatliff </li></ul><ul><li>Their advice was to be patient and consider alternative ways to deliver courses </li></ul><ul><li>Sought & found grant to pursue ideas </li></ul>
  7. 7. New Teaching Paradigm <ul><li>Shift from synchronous teaching to asynchronous </li></ul><ul><li>Removed the “live” management issues that frustrated early efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Fall of 1999 taught statistics in distance classroom on campus </li></ul><ul><li>Each class videotaped, digitized, and streamed to distance students </li></ul>
  8. 8. Streamed Video <ul><li>The class content from the face-to-face class was compressed to a size that would permit view- ing. </li></ul><ul><li>Sound quality ok. Not video </li></ul>
  9. 9. Class Videos <ul><li>Objective was to provide materials for the online course similar to face-to-face </li></ul><ul><li>Believed the class videos were of crucial importance </li></ul><ul><li>Wanted a way to retain this component of the class </li></ul><ul><li>Initial effort to share videos not satisfactory </li></ul>
  10. 10. Creation of CDs <ul><li>Bandwidth issues made me consider an alternative way to share approximately 28 hours of content </li></ul><ul><li>Logical to consider CDs as a media to share since most computers included a CD player back in 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Worked with NMC to compress so content available on four CDs for class </li></ul>
  11. 11. CDs (cont’d) <ul><li>Availability of videos on the CDs huge addition for the online class </li></ul><ul><li>Quality satisfactory, but it could be better. </li></ul><ul><li>Example illustrates what students are able to view </li></ul><ul><li>QuickTime format permits easy review </li></ul>
  12. 12. What Next? <ul><li>CDs were very useful during the past few years </li></ul><ul><li>Some content was too fuzzy, however </li></ul><ul><li>New version of textbook introduced </li></ul><ul><li>New topics that needed to be added </li></ul><ul><li>Class no longer using cutting-edge technology </li></ul>
  13. 13. What Next (cont’d) <ul><li>Polled students in spring from class to find out about access to DVD players on computer </li></ul><ul><li>All had access to DVD drive </li></ul><ul><li>Sought and received a grant to refurbish the two statistics classes during the upcoming year </li></ul><ul><li>Video will be improved (See example) </li></ul>
  14. 14. What Next (cont’d) <ul><li>Plan to incorporate podcasts into classes </li></ul><ul><li>Have made weekly updates available for both classes since 2000. </li></ul><ul><li>These were narrated PowerPoint presentations usually 12-15 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking about converting to podcasts </li></ul>
  15. 15. What Next (cont’d) <ul><li>Have been using EDU as the assessment engine for exams </li></ul><ul><li>Had been standalone on a separate server </li></ul><ul><li>Currently integrated with Bb </li></ul><ul><li>Plan to develop new question formats including inline and algorithm forms </li></ul>
  16. 16. Summary <ul><li>Technology has changed significantly in the past seven years. </li></ul><ul><li>Much improved tools available to assist me in teaching students </li></ul><ul><li>Have enjoyed the journey </li></ul><ul><li>Looking forward to the work ahead to refurbish my courses </li></ul>

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