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  1. 1. Putting the Learning in Distance Learning <ul><li>Mary Beth Orrange </li></ul><ul><li>NYSMATYC Math on the Web Themed Session </li></ul><ul><li>Saturday, April 18, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Albany, NY </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://south.ecc.edu/orrange </li></ul>
  2. 2. Who’s online? <ul><li>Last year 3.5 million college students were enrolled in online college courses. </li></ul><ul><li>That’s 20% of the students in higher education in the US. </li></ul><ul><li>Each category of students are represented in that number. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why are they online? <ul><li>Top reasons cited in ECC’s survey data: </li></ul><ul><li>Course flexibility 69% </li></ul><ul><li>Family responsibilities 39% </li></ul><ul><li>Changing work schedule 32% </li></ul><ul><li>Had a good experience with online courses before 28% </li></ul>
  4. 5. Who’s Teaching Online <ul><li>In the beginning a few hardy souls. </li></ul><ul><li>Now it’s expanded to how many of us teach. </li></ul><ul><li>We have better tools and more tech savvy students. </li></ul><ul><li>Have we lost something? </li></ul>
  5. 6. Personal Connections <ul><li>Balance the email - frequent but not too much or they delete it like spam. </li></ul><ul><li>Use announcements – give the students a reason to login to the course site. </li></ul><ul><li>Let your personality through. </li></ul>
  6. 7. “ Say …weren’t you my online math teacher? Let them get to know you
  7. 8. Teacher as a role model <ul><li>Respond to their emails quickly. </li></ul><ul><li>Return their phone calls, even if via email. </li></ul><ul><li>Give them a reason to “come to class.” </li></ul><ul><li>Fix typos and errors as students point them out. </li></ul><ul><li>Be available during your office hours. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Do it right!
  9. 10. Create a learning community <ul><li>Use the resources of the internet, but create your own materials and techniques. </li></ul><ul><li>Include tools that encourage the richness of a face-to-face math class; such as a question/answer discussion forum or encouraging them to work together on projects. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Confessions from an experienced online math teacher <ul><li>Attend AMATYC and NYSMATYC each year and return to my online class with fabulous techniques that I learned. </li></ul><ul><li>Stuff more “things” into an already bloated course. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Some good things I learned about through my online math friends… <ul><li>online products such as MathXL, MyMathLab, and ALEX </li></ul><ul><li>the use of projects to replace the rigidness of these products </li></ul><ul><li>techniques to make my students comfortable with me and learning math online </li></ul>
  12. 13. Projects
  13. 14. Projects <ul><li>http://www.makeitreallearning.com/Home </li></ul><ul><li>Frank Wilson’s site </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.mathguide.com/projects/ </li></ul><ul><li>A guide to developing math projects </li></ul><ul><li>http://amser.org/SPT--Home.php </li></ul><ul><li>Applied Math and Science repository </li></ul>
  14. 15. Math Anxiety <ul><li>Weekly Participation Activity: </li></ul><ul><li>1.  Give one difference between the high school learning and college learning.  (2 points) </li></ul><ul><li>2.  What quality do you consider most important in learning math?  (1 point) </li></ul><ul><li>3.  Give one example of something you plan on doing while studying for this test that helps you learn math. (2 points) </li></ul>
  15. 16. Web 2.0 Tools <ul><li>Another weekly participation activity: </li></ul><ul><li>Go to http://youtube.com and search for Math.  Post the link of your favorite math video by Monday, May 12 for 5 Participation points. No points will be given for an example already posted. </li></ul>
  16. 17. Web 2.0 Tools - Wiki <ul><li>In order to help everyone learn how to use their graphing calculator I have set up this discussion forum for us to share what we know about our calculators.   I have included several threads in an attempt to organize the postings.  Feel free to ask questions about your calculator.  </li></ul><ul><li>To earn 2 points (up to a maximum of 10 points for five individual postings) describe how to use one feature of your calculator.  These postings must be substantive, just describing how to do something simple such as adding two numbers is not enough!  The posting might be a response to someone else's question or an original idea. </li></ul>
  17. 18. Calculator help <ul><li>Links to help students learn how to use their calculators. </li></ul><ul><li>http://mathbits.com/MathBits/TISection/Openpage.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.prenhall.com/divisions/esm/app/calc_v2/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://web.fccj.org/~mbasse/ti84/index.html </li></ul>
  18. 19. Resources <ul><li>Free online graph paper: </li></ul><ul><li>http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/ </li></ul><ul><li>Free graphing calculator online : </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.padowan.dk/graph/ </li></ul><ul><li>General resources : </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.mathbits.com/ </li></ul>
  19. 20. “ There aren’t any icons to click. It’s a chalk board.”
  20. 21. Common Sense <ul><li>Always proof-read anything you post </li></ul><ul><li>Re-write materials that students find confusing </li></ul><ul><li>Check links on a regular basis </li></ul><ul><li>Limit the number of sites you use for communications – too many will frustrate students </li></ul>
  21. 22. Common Sense <ul><li>Respond quickly to students – tell them your expected response time up front </li></ul><ul><li>Let students know if you will be gone or need to change your response time temporarily </li></ul><ul><li>Make students aware of computer requirements and any plug-ins they will need ahead of time </li></ul>
  22. 23. &quot;The number you have dialed is imaginary. Please, rotate your phone by 90 degrees and try again...&quot;
  23. 24. Want more information? <ul><li>Find this PowerPoint show in (2003 version) </li></ul><ul><li>http://south.ecc.edu/orrange </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Mary Beth at orrange@ecc.edu </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul>