Lessons from the field:An analysis of online instructors’“best practices”                                     Patrick Lowe...
Stefan Sagmeisterhttp://www.ted.com/speakers/stefan_sagmeister.html                                             2
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We created a list of the thingswe’d learned in our onlinecourses so far…                             6
Patrick’s lessons…                     7
Patrick’s #1:Feedback isessential            8
Learningonline canbe isolatingand lonely               9
Need todig deeperw/ in-depthfeedback             10
Low-tech& high-techapproaches              11
Patrick’s #2:“Guide onthe side” =absentprofessor                12
Strategies to take:•Outline your teaching philosophy•Explain your role in groupdiscussions•Establish how long it should ta...
Strategies to take:•Outline your teaching philosophy•Explain your role in groupdiscussions•Establish how long it should ta...
Strategies to take:•Outline your teaching philosophy•Explain your role in groupdiscussions•Establish how long it should ta...
Strategies to take:•Outline your teaching philosophy•Explain your role in groupdiscussions•Establish how long it should ta...
Strategies to take:•Outline your teaching philosophy•Explain your role in groupdiscussions•Establish how long it should ta...
Joni’s lessons…                  18
Joni’s #1:High touch      isjust as importantas high tech,if not more so                     19
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Joni’s #2: Dont under-estimate the power of   fun,play, and the unexpected                              21
People don’t pay attention to boring things.  – Emotional arousal helps the brain learn.  – Audiences check out after 10 m...
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Your lessons…Now it’s your turn!What are your lessons learned?Please go tohttp://tinyurl.com/nwelearn2013                 ...
So, we’ve been collecting lessonsat several conferences...•   Cite•   COLTT•   EdMedia•   EDUCAUSE ELI                    ...
Student support•   Address all “learning styles”•   Have effective rubrics•   Model what you want from students•   Be more...
Structure and Presentation•   Put information in digestible chunks•   Use guest lectures where appropriate•   Assign meani...
Presence•   Know your audience•   Be accessible•   Be kind•   Have a sense of humor•   Use synchronous technologies       ...
Personal impact• Teaching online can be done  anytime/anywhere, but it sure stinks to  be teaching while on vacation• The ...
Your coding…How do your lessons learned alignwith these four categories?--Student Support--Structure and Presentation--Pre...
• slides @ patricklowenthal.com                          @• patricklowenthal@boisestate.edu• Twitter: @plowenthal         ...
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  • Background on Stefan Sagmeister: designer, TED Talks, his Things I ’ ve Learned in My Life So Far project. Stefan Sagmeister ’ s List: 1. Helping other people helps me. 2. Having guts always works out for me. 3. Thinking that life will be better in the future is stupid. I have to live now. 4. Organizing a charity group is surprisingly easy. 5. Being not truthful always works against me. 6. Everything I do always comes back to me. 7. Assuming is stifling. 8. Drugs feel great in the beginning and become a drag later on. 9. Over time I get used to everything and start taking for granted. 10. Money does not make me happy. 11. My dreams have no meaning. 12. Keeping a diary supports personal development. 13. Trying to look good limits my life. 14. Material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses. 15. Worrying solves nothing. 16. Complaining is silly. Either act or forget. 17. Everybody thinks they are right. 18. If I want to explore a new direction professionally, it is helpful to try it out for myself first. 19. Low expectations are a good strategy. 20. Everybody who is honest is interesting. Image source: http://blog.ted.com/2009/07/21/twitter_snapsho_15/
  • http://www.thingsihavelearnedinmylife.com/ http://www.amazon.com/Things-Have-Learned-Life-Far/dp/0810995298/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1292876013&sr=8-1
  • http://www.thingsihavelearnedinmylife.com/ http://www.amazon.com/Things-Have-Learned-Life-Far/dp/0810995298/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1292876013&sr=8-1
  • http://www.thingsihavelearnedinmylife.com/ http://www.amazon.com/Things-Have-Learned-Life-Far/dp/0810995298/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1292876013&sr=8-1
  • We were inspired by Stefan ’ s work, so decided to come up with our own list of things we ’ d learned about teaching online.
  • But over the years, I have found that feedback is perhaps one of the best ways to establish this connection with students. So I am thinking of feedback in very general terms here as things like the feedback given on student projects, feedback given to students discussion postings (w/in the threaded discussion), and general feedback given to students about how they are doing in the class. There are multiple ways I give students feedback.
  • Learning online can be isolating and lonely for students. Staring at a computer screen for ours at a time can be difficult. In my experience, students long for contact from their instructor and that social presence and immediacy they often get in a face-to-face classroom. Sure there are multiple ways that you can establish and maintain this immediacy.
  • When it comes to giving feedback on students work, I have to provide as much as possible (at least on major assignments) in-depth feedback. So it isn ’ t really about assigning a grade as much is it is about letting students know how they are doing in my courses.
  • When it comes to assignments, I do this either by using the comment tool in MS Word or by using a Screencasting tool to give / audio feedback. There are pros and cons to using each and often my use is dictated by the type and importance of the assignment. I also use regular reflection surveys to get feedback from students which I then look for themes and provide feedback to the class on the results.
  • So another thing I have learned, not only from teaching online but also from supporting faculty who teach online is that the “ guide-on-the-side ” concept can often lead students to assume that their professor is absent from the course. This is not to say that faculty should adopt a “ teacher-centered ” approach every time they teach online but to say that the optimum level role of an online faculty is often somewhere between the guide-on-the-side and the sage on the stage. Further, faculty can take a very learner-centered approach while still being very active and “ present ” in the course.
  • Image source: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Q-7Wu98Kls8/TIcA9CUJlLI/AAAAAAAAAYs/t3cp_tH_w-Y/s1600/anne+francis+sci+fi+flick.jpg
  • Phone, email. Image source: http://scifipulse.net/?p=29453 For additional information, see http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/EDUCAUSEQuarterlyMagazineVolum/DefeatingtheKobayashiMaruSuppo/219103
  • Design Lessons Learned http://www.flickr.com/groups/1448172@N21/ http://www.flickr.com/groups/inte6710fall2010/ http://www.flickr.com/groups/it6710spring2010/ http://www.flickr.com/groups/it6710fall2009/
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  • Northwest eLearn Webinar - 2013 - Lessons from the field: An analysis of online instructors’ “best practices”

    1. 1. Lessons from the field:An analysis of online instructors’“best practices” Patrick Lowenthal Boise State University @plowenthal Joni Dunlap University of Colorado Denver 1 slides @ patricklowenthal.com
    2. 2. Stefan Sagmeisterhttp://www.ted.com/speakers/stefan_sagmeister.html 2
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    6. 6. We created a list of the thingswe’d learned in our onlinecourses so far… 6
    7. 7. Patrick’s lessons… 7
    8. 8. Patrick’s #1:Feedback isessential 8
    9. 9. Learningonline canbe isolatingand lonely 9
    10. 10. Need todig deeperw/ in-depthfeedback 10
    11. 11. Low-tech& high-techapproaches 11
    12. 12. Patrick’s #2:“Guide onthe side” =absentprofessor 12
    13. 13. Strategies to take:•Outline your teaching philosophy•Explain your role in groupdiscussions•Establish how long it should take youto respond to questions•Identify how often & when you areonline•Provide students with multiple meansof communication (e.g., email, IM, 13
    14. 14. Strategies to take:•Outline your teaching philosophy•Explain your role in groupdiscussions•Establish how long it should take youto respond to questions•Identify how often & when you areonline•Provide students with multiple meansof communication (e.g., email, IM, 14
    15. 15. Strategies to take:•Outline your teaching philosophy•Explain your role in groupdiscussions•Establish how long it should take youto respond to questions•Identify how often & when you areonline•Provide students with multiple meansof communication (e.g., email, IM, 15
    16. 16. Strategies to take:•Outline your teaching philosophy•Explain your role in groupdiscussions•Establish how long it should take youto respond to questions•Identify how often & when you areonline•Provide students with multiple meansof communication (e.g., email, IM, 16
    17. 17. Strategies to take:•Outline your teaching philosophy•Explain your role in groupdiscussions•Establish how long it should take youto respond to questions•Identify how often & when you areonline•Provide students with multiple meansof communication (e.g., email, IM, 17
    18. 18. Joni’s lessons… 18
    19. 19. Joni’s #1:High touch isjust as importantas high tech,if not more so 19
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    21. 21. Joni’s #2: Dont under-estimate the power of fun,play, and the unexpected 21
    22. 22. People don’t pay attention to boring things. – Emotional arousal helps the brain learn. – Audiences check out after 10 minutes, but you can keep grabbing them back by telling narratives or creating events rich in emotion. ~ Medina (2008), Brain Rules, pg. 94 22
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    28. 28. Your lessons…Now it’s your turn!What are your lessons learned?Please go tohttp://tinyurl.com/nwelearn2013 28
    29. 29. So, we’ve been collecting lessonsat several conferences...• Cite• COLTT• EdMedia• EDUCAUSE ELI 29
    30. 30. Student support• Address all “learning styles”• Have effective rubrics• Model what you want from students• Be more concrete and explicit with instructions 30
    31. 31. Structure and Presentation• Put information in digestible chunks• Use guest lectures where appropriate• Assign meaningful work• Use technology intentionally 31
    32. 32. Presence• Know your audience• Be accessible• Be kind• Have a sense of humor• Use synchronous technologies 32
    33. 33. Personal impact• Teaching online can be done anytime/anywhere, but it sure stinks to be teaching while on vacation• The world is your audience• I have learned how to use an iPad in class 33
    34. 34. Your coding…How do your lessons learned alignwith these four categories?--Student Support--Structure and Presentation--Presence--Personal ImpactPlease go tohttp://tinyurl.com/nwelearn2013 34
    35. 35. • slides @ patricklowenthal.com @• patricklowenthal@boisestate.edu• Twitter: @plowenthal 35

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