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Avoiding the Unintended Consequences of On-line Course Delivery Richard A. Smith, Ph.D. Visiting Assistant Professor and I...
Establish Your Presence <ul><ul><li>Provide all your contact information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Identify the best ...
Establish Your Presence <ul><ul><li>Web course  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>lack of good instructional design more obvi...
Establish Your Presence <ul><ul><li>Provide a guide to the course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Explains how the course i...
Course Design <ul><li>Provide a homepage that is self-explanatory </li></ul>
Basic Course Design  <ul><ul><li>Read me-course directions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Syllabus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Intermediate Course Design <ul><li>Add </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calendar </li></ul></u...
Advanced Course Design <ul><li>Add </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Custom instructor designed PPTs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Camtas...
Appearance-Organization <ul><li>Keep it simple  </li></ul>
Appearance-Organization <ul><ul><li>Overview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assignments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rubrics...
Assignments - Due Dates  <ul><ul><li>Set due dates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep to your due dates </li></ul></ul><ul><u...
Discussions  <ul><ul><li>Free form discussions can be a problem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide a  format for your disc...
Discussions – Due Dates <ul><ul><li>Set an initial post date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do not accept after that date ...
Discussions – Prevent Plagiarism  <ul><ul><li>Keep the discussion topics unique </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This causes the...
Tests <ul><ul><li>For quick evaluation use true/false or multiple choice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use frequent tests </l...
Tests <ul><ul><li>Tests are in essence  open book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Severely limit test taking time </li></ul...
Group Work <ul><ul><li>Brings the same lazy student problem as in f2f classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can have stud...
Chats <ul><ul><li>Use chat tool for student initiated chats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do not set strict times and req...
Calendar <ul><ul><li>If you have an  Assignment Tool  feature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You can skip the calendar or,...
Course Documentation <ul><ul><li>Provide  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>detailed instructions for other teachers </li></u...
Rubrics <ul><ul><li>Good for standardizing grading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Allow room for your gut feeling about a ...
Dual Track <ul><li>Choose your life style </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Track One  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Maximum Grade is...
Look at Your Links <ul><li>Links to Internet Sources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Die </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Change content, ...
Instructor Response Time <ul><ul><li>Instructor evaluation is largely dependent upon speed of response to email, etc. </li...
Before You Release Your Course <ul><li>Make certain  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>syllabus dates are current </li></ul></ul><ul><...
Catch Those Mistakes <ul><li>You cannot instantly correct in an on-line course </li></ul><ul><li>Unclear directions, typos...
Ask Students to Evaluate Your Course Design <ul><ul><li>Can call it a “Course Reflection” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Empha...
That’s All Folks!
<ul><li>end </li></ul>
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Avoiding The Unintended Consequences Of On Line Course Delivery

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Avoiding The Unintended Consequences Of On Line Course Delivery

  1. 1. Avoiding the Unintended Consequences of On-line Course Delivery Richard A. Smith, Ph.D. Visiting Assistant Professor and Instructional Technology Program Coordinator School of Education University of Houston-Clear Lake Caroline M. Crawford, Ed.D. Associate Professor, Instructional Technology School of Education University of Houston-Clear Lake Greater Houston Education Collaboration UH ATT Technology Lab April 13, 2007
  2. 2. Establish Your Presence <ul><ul><li>Provide all your contact information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Identify the best way to contact you </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>email? Phone? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use your office phone </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>cell phone- your “call” - I would buy a 2nd phone with a monthly contract-just for course contacts </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Establish Your Presence <ul><ul><li>Web course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>lack of good instructional design more obvious than in a f2f course, hence </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Establish Your Presence <ul><ul><li>Provide a guide to the course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Explains how the course is designed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>location of </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>topics </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>content </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>tests </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>uploading assignments </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Course Design <ul><li>Provide a homepage that is self-explanatory </li></ul>
  6. 6. Basic Course Design <ul><ul><li>Read me-course directions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Syllabus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assignment Tool or submit procedure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Intermediate Course Design <ul><li>Add </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calendar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chat/white board </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student homepages </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Advanced Course Design <ul><li>Add </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Custom instructor designed PPTs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Camtasia/CamStudio custom instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video commentary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flash animation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Units to lessons/classes </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Appearance-Organization <ul><li>Keep it simple </li></ul>
  10. 10. Appearance-Organization <ul><ul><li>Overview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assignments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rubrics </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Assignments - Due Dates <ul><ul><li>Set due dates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep to your due dates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Penalties for late submission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This is can lead to complications </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Discussions <ul><ul><li>Free form discussions can be a problem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide a format for your discussion </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Discussions – Due Dates <ul><ul><li>Set an initial post date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do not accept after that date </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The remaining time is for the response post </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Discussions – Prevent Plagiarism <ul><ul><li>Keep the discussion topics unique </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This causes the response posts to be unique </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Tests <ul><ul><li>For quick evaluation use true/false or multiple choice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use frequent tests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not depend on mid-term and final exams only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Randomize quiz questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider using textbook test databank </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Tests <ul><ul><li>Tests are in essence open book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Severely limit test taking time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protect test from being copied </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Prevent print screens, or </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Simple copy and paste </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do not allow students to return to a question once answered </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Group Work <ul><ul><li>Brings the same lazy student problem as in f2f classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can have students grade their group members level of participation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can review the chat logs, assuming that they are using the chat feature </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Chats <ul><ul><li>Use chat tool for student initiated chats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do not set strict times and requirements for chats </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>not all students can participate at set time </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>if you participate, that will create a set of problems for you </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Calendar <ul><ul><li>If you have an Assignment Tool feature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You can skip the calendar or, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide minimal detail on the calendar </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Course Documentation <ul><ul><li>Provide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>detailed instructions for other teachers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide additional resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rubrics for downloading and grading students </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PowerPoint presentations </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Rubrics <ul><ul><li>Good for standardizing grading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Allow room for your gut feeling about a submission </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speeds up grading </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Dual Track <ul><li>Choose your life style </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Track One </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Maximum Grade is a “B” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Have an easy semester </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Track Two </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Maximum Grade is an “A” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gotta work </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Endorsed by my students </li></ul>
  23. 23. Look at Your Links <ul><li>Links to Internet Sources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Die </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Change content, design etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Check those links before the semester starts </li></ul>
  24. 24. Instructor Response Time <ul><ul><li>Instructor evaluation is largely dependent upon speed of response to email, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Monitor email </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Respond on the same day of inquiry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>or within hours </li></ul></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Before You Release Your Course <ul><li>Make certain </li></ul><ul><ul><li>syllabus dates are current </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>calendar dates are correct & match Assignment Tool dates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assignments have been released to students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quiz release dates & times are correct </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Catch Those Mistakes <ul><li>You cannot instantly correct in an on-line course </li></ul><ul><li>Unclear directions, typos, (broken links) produce </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student resentment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Angry emails </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Adult students wonder why they are paying for low quality </li></ul>
  27. 27. Ask Students to Evaluate Your Course Design <ul><ul><li>Can call it a “Course Reflection” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasize they evaluate the course design, not you </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. That’s All Folks!
  29. 29. <ul><li>end </li></ul>

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