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Improvements In Online And Hybrid Courses

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Improvements In Online And Hybrid Courses

  1. 1. IMPROVEMENTS IN ONLINE AND HYBRID COURSES E-LEARNING CONFERENCE 2008
  2. 2. <ul><li>Online Classes </li></ul><ul><li>Hybrid Classes </li></ul><ul><li>Informational Resources </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>OVER-ARCHING GOAL: </li></ul><ul><li>Improve Learning in Online Classes by: </li></ul><ul><li>Building community in the online classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Allowing students to participate in their own learning </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Step down as leader and become a guide </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage interaction among students </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage students to bring forth what they already know </li></ul>STEPS TO TAKE WITH OL CLASSES
  5. 5. STEPS TO TAKE WITH OL CLASSES <ul><li>Lesson-oriented plan (weekly?)/topical </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion forum: heart and soul of the online course </li></ul><ul><li>Mandate submission to forum and substantive on-going discussion </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Set up your forum by posing a question and then…… </li></ul><ul><li>“Step Away!” </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging as a way to build stories, community and connection </li></ul><ul><li>The “Tapping Keyboard” Story </li></ul>STEPS TO TAKE WITH OL CLASSES
  7. 7. STEPS TO TAKE WITH HYBRID CLASSES <ul><li>My problem with hybrid classes: </li></ul><ul><li>Limited participation in the non-scheduled time </li></ul><ul><li>The Fix: </li></ul><ul><li>Same technique as with OL: </li></ul><ul><li>Mandating interaction with Discussion Forum, based on specific topics </li></ul>
  8. 8. EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES – A SHIFT <ul><li>Textbooks : the problem </li></ul><ul><li>Expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Information can become outdated quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Students may not get them in time </li></ul>
  9. 9. EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES – A SHIFT <ul><li>Textbooks : the fix: </li></ul><ul><li>Open Education Resources </li></ul><ul><li>MIT Open Courseware </li></ul><ul><li>Connexions – Rice University: </li></ul><ul><li>Merlot </li></ul><ul><li>Open Learning Initiative (Carnegie Mellon) </li></ul>
  10. 10. EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES – A SHIFT <ul><li>My Own Special Source of Info: </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Feeds (Really Simple Syndication) </li></ul><ul><li>An online subscription to frequently updated information </li></ul><ul><li>Rochelle’s Feeder Page </li></ul>

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