Teaching Online: Best Practices


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This is the presentation that was used for the Teaching Online: Best Practices training given at Clark County School District's Virtual High School in Las Vegas Nevada

Slides 7 and 8 "borrowed" from David Warlick (http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/index.php).

Various other information/inspiration borrowed from Barry Jahn (http://www.online2.org)

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Teaching Online: Best Practices

  1. 1. Teaching Online: Best Practices You have 30 days in the life of a student. What are you going to do with it? Summer School 2007
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Sixth year teaching online </li></ul><ul><li>Worked with over 1000 students online </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional designer for VHS </li></ul><ul><li>Designed for three high school and one college </li></ul><ul><li>Run an EdTech website focused on accessibility: www.mrmoses.org (link) </li></ul>
  3. 3. What I Believe <ul><li>All students can succeed in the online world </li></ul>
  4. 4. How Tech-Savvy are You? <ul><li>Very Non-Technical : (how do you turn this thing on again?) </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Technical : (Where's that tech-support phone number) </li></ul><ul><li>Tech-Savvy : (Know how to create web-sites) </li></ul><ul><li>Highly Technical : (i <3 1inu><) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Your Expectations of Today
  6. 6. Did You Know? <ul><li>Documentation for this video is at http://thefischbowl.blogspot.com/2006/08/did-you-know.html (link) </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Times are (have) Changing(ed) are (have) You?
  8. 8. The Times are (have) Changing(ed) are (have) You?
  9. 9. The Times are (have) Changing(ed) are (have) You? <ul><li>Let’s watch a short video… </li></ul><ul><li>Rigid vs. Flexible </li></ul><ul><li>From Command and Control to Collaborate and Connect </li></ul>
  10. 10. When vs. If <ul><li>When learning happens matters far less than if learning happens. </li></ul><ul><li>Due-dates good, deadlines bad </li></ul><ul><li>Stay flexible </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Let’s watch another short video… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What vs. How </li></ul>
  11. 11. Changes for Video Classes <ul><li>We are no longer giving out packets. </li></ul><ul><li>You are the teacher of this class. </li></ul><ul><li>The videos and previous assignments are there to support you. </li></ul>
  12. 12. You Have the Video Content, Now What? <ul><li>The content (videos and worksheets) are like a textbook with resources in the traditional classroom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It's your starting point </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If it's good, use it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you don't like an assignment, change it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you don't like some of the information in the video, find another resource for your students to use. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. You Have the Video Content, Now What? <ul><ul><li>If you have questions that you want students to answer, send it to them in an email or as an attachment and post it in InterAct. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What's a good number of assignments? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus less on what students are doing and more on what they know and how they can show you. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. You Have the Video Content, Now What? <ul><li>Do whatever it takes to get your students successful in this class. </li></ul><ul><li>They are your students, this is your class </li></ul>
  15. 15. You Have the Video Content, Now What? <ul><li>Good teaching is good teaching </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A lesson plan that works well in the regular classroom will work well online </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Getting Your Class Started <ul><li>Welcome Letter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example 1 (link) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Example 2 (link) </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Getting Your Class Started <ul><li>Course Expectations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be Specific </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What are your Course Expectations? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set your standards high… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>THEN get every student to achieve that standard </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sample Course Expectations (link) </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Getting Your Class Started <ul><li>Introduce Yourself </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction Video (link) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>social networking? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MySpace (link) / Blogger Profile (link) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Getting Your Class Started <ul><li>About Me Assignment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example 1 (link) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Example 2 (link) </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Getting Your Class Started <ul><li>Contact Information Assignment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your parent's last name if it is different from yours. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A phone number where I can reach your parents. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A phone number where I can reach you, if it's different from your parents. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your parent's email address, if they have one. </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Getting Your Class Started <ul><li>A Class Commercial? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Let’s go watch one (link) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They’re relatively easy to make and a great way to kick off a class. </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Ways to Share Information with Your Students <ul><li>Low-Tech : send an email each week and post a Word document ( saved as .rtf (link), DEMO) in InterAct </li></ul><ul><li>Mid-Tech : Put the information in your Centra session each week. </li></ul><ul><li>Hi-Tech : Set up a class blog (link) or Wiki (link) and put the information there </li></ul><ul><li>Best Solution - Use a combination, stay within your comfort level, push yourself a little </li></ul>
  23. 23. Start-Up Checklist <ul><li>Welcome Letter and Course Expectations sent out and posted in InterAct </li></ul><ul><li>InterAct Calendar shows expected course timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Assignments have been sent out and posted in InterAct </li></ul>
  24. 24. Grading is Teaching <ul><li>Allow students multiple attempts on all assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Provide feedback on all questions </li></ul><ul><li>Invite students to respond to your feedback to improve their grade ( example ) (link) </li></ul><ul><li>Requires that students turn in early and often; should not outweigh flexibility for students. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Student Motivation <ul><li>There are only three things that matter in student motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Contact, Contact, Contact </li></ul>
  26. 26. Using Parents for Motivation <ul><li>Take a family approach. </li></ul><ul><li>There's three things that parents want to know </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What does my student need to do? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When does it need to be turned in by? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What's my student's grade? </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Using Parents for Motivation <ul><li>You can't blame parents for not being involved if you don't provide those three things </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Even if you do, some parents are not going to be involved. Get over it, teach kids </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Phone Calls for Motivation <ul><li>You need to make phone contact during the first week of Summer School </li></ul><ul><li>To get your students phone numbers create an assignment like this: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Parent's last name if different than yours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone number where I can reach your parents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone number where I can reach you </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. Phone Calls for Motivation <ul><li>You should make phone contact at least three times during the summer school session. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you have 50 students that comes out to 5 phone calls per school day. </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. Phone Calls for Motivation <ul><li>How to make phone calls from home: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Skype (demo) </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. I.M. for Motivation <ul><li>Pick a messenger and go with it. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>or go crazy and download Trillian or GAIM (demo) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>or download nothing and use Meebo (link) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Set up times to be on for your students </li></ul><ul><li>hop on at other random times </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you notice that a student is on, don't be afraid to hit them up </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. Centra for Motivation <ul><li>Each Monday a recorded session needs to be put up for students to playback during the week. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This session should provide an overview for students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is also a good place to discuss web-resources that supplement the videos. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teachers should offer live sessions during the week for students to attend. </li></ul>
  33. 33. Turn-Around Time <ul><li>All teachers respond to student, parent, and mentor emails within 24 hours </li></ul><ul><li>All assignments are returned with in 72 hours </li></ul><ul><li>Don't count weekends or holidays in this time frame </li></ul>
  34. 34. Turn-Around at Other Schools <ul><li>Michigan Virtual High School requires that all teachers respond to student, parent, and mentor emails within 24 hours. MVHS also requires that teachers initiate communication with students within two business days of when each student registers for a course. </li></ul>
  35. 35. Turn-Around at Other Schools <ul><li>Georgia Virtual School requires that teachers provide a synchronous communication opportunity at least twice per semester, and reports that most teachers provide such opportunities weekly. </li></ul>
  36. 36. Turn-Around at Other Schools <ul><li>Alabama ACCESS requires teachers to have daily communication with students and provide feedback on student work within two days during the school week. ACCESS also requires contact between teacher and student by phone at least monthly. </li></ul>
  37. 37. It's an Exciting Time to be a Teacher <ul><li>Web 2.0 Video </li></ul>
  38. 38. Short Amount of Time <ul><li>Summer School is six weeks long </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional summer school teachers put in 25 hours a week in the classroom. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We expect you to put in at least that much, the schedule is up to you. </li></ul></ul>
  39. 39. Short Amount of Time <ul><li>You have 30 days in the life of a student </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are you going to do with it? </li></ul></ul>