Creating Dynamic Online Discussions

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Creating Dynamic Online Discussions

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Introduction Jim Marteney
  3. 3. Introduction Jim Marteney Professor Emeritus Communication Studies
  4. 4. 7 Years Ago Became Distance Education Trainer
  5. 5. What’s Online Learning? MOOC’s not another word for Online Learning Just as 800 student lecture not another word for seminar
  6. 6. Focus Now on Quality
  7. 7. I was told, “You’re lucky to be teaching adults.”
  8. 8. Variety of Challenges Learning Styles Generational Differences Pedagogy vs. Androgogy Digital Natives vs Digital Immigrants
  9. 9. The Key to Class Energy Class Interaction Instructor to Student Student to Instructor Student to Student
  10. 10. The diFFERANCE BETWEEN AN ENGAGING ONLINE COURSE
  11. 11. The diFFEReNCE AND A BORING ONLINE COURSE
  12. 12. STIMULATING DISCUSSIONS From Facebook to texting, to YouTube, our students are ready to perform.
  13. 13. Higher Order Thinking Discussions allow for higher order thinking skills
  14. 14. Structuring a Topic
  15. 15. Structuring a Topic Write Enough Make your expectations clear Add video or links What is it worth? Don’t Assume they can read your mind.
  16. 16. Creating a Topic Make the topics interesting Don’t create topics with specific text answers Require Student Judgment Require Student Evaluation Be Creative
  17. 17. Give Students Choices
  18. 18. Always Sell Your Topic Why should your students care?
  19. 19. Experts on a Topic Adds valuable content and insight Students appreciate experts Easier to recruit online experts Gives you a break
  20. 20. Experts on a Topic
  21. 21. Discussion Uses
  22. 22. Ice Breakers Not so successful
  23. 23. Ice Breakers Successful
  24. 24. Ice Breakers Tips Ask specific questions Ask interesting questions Build Trust: Answer your own questions
  25. 25. Ice Breakers Tips This may be their first discussion, make instructions clear
  26. 26. Ice Breakers
  27. 27. Ice Breakers This is the first step in tearing down the wall between instructor and student.
  28. 28. What Might You Try? What icebreaker topics might you use?
  29. 29. Topic samples
  30. 30. Evaluation Topic
  31. 31. User Generated Topic
  32. 32. Response to Video
  33. 33. Creative Topic
  34. 34. Creative Topic Administration of Justice Course Introduction to Corrections “Look back at Chapter 1 and pick “Look back at Chapter 1 and pick three one of the types of punishments types of punishments that weexplain that we no longer use, and no longer use, and describe them.” why you believe we should bring it back.”
  35. 35. Creative Topic
  36. 36. User Generated Topic
  37. 37. Use Poetry
  38. 38. Off the Wall
  39. 39. Debate
  40. 40. Summarize Homework Benefit From Tribal Learning Combine Individual Work and Sharing With Others
  41. 41. Summarize Homework
  42. 42. Summarize Homework
  43. 43. Avenue for Thoughts
  44. 44. Avenue for Thoughts Malala Yousafzai
  45. 45. Avenue for Thoughts
  46. 46. Avenue for Thoughts
  47. 47. Avenue for Thoughts
  48. 48. Avenue for Thoughts We can also have some fun while learning
  49. 49. Avenue for Thoughts
  50. 50. Avenue for Thoughts
  51. 51. Activity
  52. 52. Results
  53. 53. Results
  54. 54. What Might You Try? What topics might you use?
  55. 55. Grading A discussion Make Your Expectations Clear
  56. 56. Grading A discussion My Rubric Wanted them to Post Early Wanted them to Post Often Wanted them to Respond to Classmates Wanted Quality Posts
  57. 57. Grading A discussion
  58. 58. What Might You Try? What might be your grading criteria?
  59. 59. Putting Students in Groups
  60. 60. Putting Students in Groups Student feels disconnected in large group Would feel more comfortable in smaller, intimate group
  61. 61. Putting Students in Groups Too many in class for one discussion group Tough to come up with original answer as 42nd student Can make a unique contribution in smaller group
  62. 62. Putting Students in Groups Want to create special groups
  63. 63. Putting Students in Groups First a couple of questions How many do you put in a group? A regular discussion 20 A student project 10-12
  64. 64. Putting Students in Groups First a couple of questions How do you select members of a group? Mix up high achievers with low? Keep high achievers together? Have students self select?
  65. 65. Putting Students in Groups First a couple of questions Do you assign group responsibilities? Assigning will save time Assigning will save frustration Can rotate assignments
  66. 66. Using Group Assessments Groups of One Journal Writing English Communication Child Development Lab Reports
  67. 67. Using Group Assessments Group Projects
  68. 68. Using Group Assessments Group Projects
  69. 69. Using Group Assessments Group Projects “Parallel Play” Group Projects “Real” Group Projects
  70. 70. Using Group Assessments “Parallel Play” Group Projects Group projects where members in the group are not dependent on each other to complete the task They can help and inspire each other but grade is not dependent on each other
  71. 71. Using Group Assessments “Parallel Play” Group Projects
  72. 72. Using Group Assessments “Parallel Play” Group Projects
  73. 73. Using Group Assessments “Parallel Play” Group Projects
  74. 74. Using Group Assessments Group Projects “Parallel play” Group Projects “Real” Group Projects
  75. 75. Using Group Assessments “Real” Group Projects
  76. 76. Using Group Assessments “Real” Group Projects Members divide duties and responsibilities and work together to complete the task Group projects where people in the group are dependent on each other to complete the task
  77. 77. Using Group Assessments “Real” Group Projects Group Class Project: Work together on a task Grading Points 10 “bonus” participation from each other 20 evaluation of the final product 80 evaluation of the group process
  78. 78. Using Group Assessments “Real” Group Projects Group Class Project: A chapter in a group text. Chapters will create an eBook
  79. 79. Your Experiences Any ideas for Groups?
  80. 80. More than one way to teach online.
  81. 81. We should not be about creating educational content. We should be be about creating educational experiences.
  82. 82. “I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” --Albert Einstein

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