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Creating an Inviting Learning Space

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Creating an Inviting Learning Space

  1. 1. Creating an InvitingLearning SpaceConnie Weber, Senior ManagerBlackboard Consultingcweber@blackboard.com
  2. 2. Connie Weber• Senior Manager, Blackboard Training (7 years)Education:• Florida State University, B.A. English, Psychology• University of Kentucky, M.A. EnglishBlackboard Experience:• Distance Learning Coordinator – Guilford Technical Community College (Greensboro, NC) – 5 years• Associate Professor of English – Introduction to Literature, Professional Writing, Expository Writing, Argument-based Research• Online Course Developer – North Carolina Community College System
  3. 3. Great Online Course= Great Dinner Party
  4. 4. 1. Create a Pleasant Atmosphere
  5. 5. 2. Create Your Guests Warmly
  6. 6. 3. Connect Your Guest to Each Other
  7. 7. 4. Prepare a Variety of Food
  8. 8. 5. Present the Food in Creative Ways
  9. 9. 1. How do you Create a Pleasant Atmosphere Online?
  10. 10. Course Banner http://Cooltext.com•Creative Text Only•Very Quick and low tech•Upload as Banner
  11. 11. Course Menu• Use Dividers to Arrange Menu• Group Menu Items by Type• Put Most Frequently Accessed on Top
  12. 12. Consistent Navigation
  13. 13. 2. Make Your Learners Feel Welcome“In the host role, online instructors draw students into the experience of online learning and respond to student needs and concerns with a patient, welcoming, attentive attitude.”Reference: “Five Roles I Play in Online Courses,” Scot Headley
  14. 14. 2. Make Your Learners Feel WelcomeWhat are some ways to make students feel welcome to a course?1.2.3.
  15. 15. Welcome Letter
  16. 16. Getting Started Information• Orientation Activity (Lesson Zero)• Course Communication Strategy (or How This Course Works)• Help and Instructor Information
  17. 17. 3. Help the Learners Connect
  18. 18. Photo Rosters
  19. 19. Welcome DiscussionUsing your name as an acronym, describe yourself as a learner. For example: CONNIEC - creativeO - openN – not likely to give upN – nearly always on timeI - independentE - engaged19
  20. 20. Student Blog
  21. 21. 4. Provide a Variety of Learning Activities
  22. 22. Wikis
  23. 23. Active Learning
  24. 24. 5. Present the Content in Creative Ways
  25. 25. Web 2.0 Tools
  26. 26. Prezi
  27. 27. AtmospherePresentation Welcome Variety Connection
  28. 28. ResourcesHow Many Discussion Posts Each Week, A Simply Delicious Answer• http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/how-many- faculty-discussion-posts-each-week-a-simply-delicious-answer/Cheryl Hayek, Grantham University, Online Education, January 18, 2012Five Roles I play in Online Classeshttp://www.sevenstaracademy.org/downloads/Resources/Five%20role s.pdfScot Headley, Innovate: Journal of Online Education, v2 n1 Oct-Nov 2005
  29. 29. Contact Us @BbMilitaryGovtE-mail: ProEdInfo@blackboard.comWeb: blackboard.com/gov

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