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Increasing interaction

  1. 1. Reva NarasimhanKean University, NJ
  2. 2. Overview Context Overview of online course setup Challenges of teaching math online Meeting spaces Tools for interaction Questions
  3. 3. Context  Institution : Kean University – regional university; students have modest math preparation  Online courses : Math for Liberal Arts and Introductory Statistics  Students are used to doing problems from text; articulating math concepts is not easy for students
  4. 4. Screening students Students are told before registration about the nature of the course They must be approved by me before registration Most students who are self acknowledged “math-phobes” email me back to say they do not wish to register for online sections
  5. 5. The Evolving Online Course Early stages: static online textbook; formulaic homework problems; a CMS that was essentially a bulletin board Each week :  Read text  Do online homework problem set  Email prof with any questions
  6. 6. And then… Add video clips Interactive Applets Discussion forums
  7. 7. Hurdles in the past In the distant technological past (about 5 years ago):  Real time video technology not so readily available  Students had limited broadband access
  8. 8. Asynchronous delivery Difficult to see students’ progress except with online homework and emails from students Many students tend not to make use of all resources available; only work on items that are graded
  9. 9. Screenshots
  10. 10. Screenshot – Videos
  11. 11. Challenges Facilitating conceptual understanding online Lack of facial cues in online learning Math problem solving and online homework tend to be isolating
  12. 12. Tools for interaction: Facebookgroup page
  13. 13. Online Meeting Spaces Elluminate,, WizIQ Real time discussion Can become “death by PowerPoint” Interaction is key
  14. 14. Tools for Interaction:Backchannelling  Use the text window in an online meeting space to participate  Very successful – simultaneous participation; peer help
  15. 15. Tools for interaction: Polls Allow you to quickly ascertain whether students are following along Also successful – kept students focused on material and they liked the participation
  16. 16. Tools for Interaction: exploreapplets  During online meetings, post link and ask students to explore online applets and demos; then ask them to post their observations  Or have a poll reviewing the concepts/ideas you expected them to become aware of
  17. 17. Be a participant Attend webinars of different types  Sit through a prerecorded webinar  Participate in a real time webinar with some interaction Even a modest amount of interaction seems to make a difference in how one interacts with the material
  18. 18. WizIQ  Advantages  free  allows for many participants without upgrading  recordings can be made;  has screen share  No downloads required  Disadvantages  sometimes the audio gets dropped  interface could be a bit smoother
  19. 19. Advantages: fast and user friendly; useful for online meeting with seminar students or thesis students Disadvantages : no recording; limits the number of participants; screen share is iffy
  20. 20. CourseSites by Blackboard Complete CMS Live Classroom by blackboard Content currently available only from McGraw Hill
  21. 21. Questions Effective use of social media such as Facebook and Google Plus for online courses? Incorporating active learning strategies within the homework
  22. 22. Limitations of OnlineDelivery Classroom collaboration lacking In class activities difficult to incorporate Talking in to a headset is not nearly as much fun as an in-person lecture!
  23. 23. Thank you! Reva Narasimhan Kean