Engaging Students in Online Discussion 2014

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Just a brief slide show that demonstrates the levels of questioning you can use for online discussions in order to facilitate deeper learning and student engagement.

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Engaging Students in Online Discussion 2014

  1. 1. Engaging Students in the online classroom Stan Freeda office of educational technology New Hampshire Department of Education
  2. 2. Teaching Online can be Overwhelming
  3. 3. Objectives promote the role of the Online Teacher as a Facilitator or Coach of learning, not just a provider or deliverer of content. Facilitators guide students through an experience. promote discussion facilitation as a means to individualize learning. Facilitators design engaging questions that challenge students to relate content to their individual situations.
  4. 4. Crafting Questions for Online Discussions http://blogs.setonhill.edu/games/2012/01/02/blooms-taxonomy/ Original Revised
  5. 5. Let’s Do Something Interactive! Crafting Questions for Online Discussions •Potential Question types follow the Bloom hierarchy Questions can ask students to: •Remember factual information •Demonstrate Understanding •Apply his/her knowledge and comprehension to a given situation. •Analyze information and form a conclusion. •Evaluate something based on information •Create something new using the information
  6. 6. This Activity is Questionable Use your device to visit the websites and obtain the information. Read/skim the information provided on the site, as appropriate. Talk to your classmates as necessary. Think about your answer to the questions. Then we’ll discuss… I will ask you a series of questions . . .
  7. 7. This Question seeks Knowledge Go to the iNACOL website, www.inacol.org Resources > National Quality Standards > Quality Online Teaching > download PDF. Answer the question. How many Standards for Online Teaching are there?
  8. 8. Questions that seek Knowledge How would this question engage students in deep discussion? What is the quality of learning? How would this question help individualize learning? How many Standards for Online Teaching are there?
  9. 9. This Question requires Understanding Standard C states that The online teacher plans, designs, and incorporates strategies to encourage active learning, application, interaction, participation, and collaboration in the online environment. Read over the page for knowledge, understanding, and abilities required. Answer the question. What is active learning?
  10. 10. Questions that seek Understanding What is active learning? How would this question engage students in deep discussion? What is the quality of learning? How would this question help individualize learning?
  11. 11. This Question asks for an Application First, think about the knowledge, understanding and skills you read about in the standard. Then consider how these can engage students and promote active learning. Think about your current online practices. Answer the question. What is one change you can make to your current online teaching that would enhance active learning?
  12. 12. Questions that ask for Application What is one change you can make to your current online teaching that would enhance active learning? How would this question engage students in deep discussion? What is the quality of learning? How would this question help individualize learning?
  13. 13. This Question requires Analysis Look at the rating scale on the rubric for Quality Online Teaching. Read over the 5 levels and how they are defined. Read over the criteria for Standard C. Think about your own practices. Answer the question. How would you rate your use of each of the components of Standard C?
  14. 14. Questions that ask for Analysis How would you rate your use of each of the components of Standard C? How would this question engage students in deep discussion? What is the quality of learning? How would this question help individualize learning?
  15. 15. This Question asks for an Evaluation Think about each of the 4 previous questions in terms of the criteria for Standard C. How many standards for online teaching are there? What is active learning? What is one change you can make to your current online teaching that would enhance active learning? How would you rate your use of each of the components of Standard C? Answer the question. Which of the question types that we have examined so far support engagement in learning for students?
  16. 16. Questions that ask for Evaluation Which of the question types that we have examined so far support engagement in learning for students? How would this question engage students in deep discussion? What is the quality of learning? How would this question help individualize learning?
  17. 17. This Question requires Creation Look over the criteria for Standard C. Think about an activity that incorporates the strategies outlined in the standard. Answer the question. What activity would you do in an online course that would enable you to demonstrate your knowledge and abilities in support of Standard C?
  18. 18. Questions that require Creation What activity would you do in an online course that would enable you to demonstrate your knowledge and abilities in support of Standard C? How would this question engage students in deep discussion? What is the quality of learning? How would this question help individualize learning?
  19. 19. Debriefing the Activity What did we learn about the types of questions we ask of students? What did we learn about how we facilitate the learning of students? How do these factors effect the engagement of students? How do these factors effect the personalization of learning?
  20. 20. What a Teacher Needs A successful Teacher Needs The education of a college president, The executive ability of a financier, The humility of a deacon, The adaptability of a chameleon, The hope of an optimist, The courage of a hero, The wisdom of a serpent, The gentleness of a dove, The patience of Job, The grace of God, and The persistence of the Devil. - Anonymous
  21. 21. What an online Teacher Needs A successful online Teacher Creates a cohesive learning community from disparate participants in a galaxy of information. Excites and incites students by acting as class cheerleader: Go Team! Multitasks with the agility and perspicuity of a superhero. Coaches students to “go where no one has gone before.” Explores the forest within each tree.
  22. 22. What an online Teacher Needs A successful online Teacher Appreciates the paradox of being available for students 24/7 while at the same time giving them space to grow. Communicates honest, but diplomatic feedback, that advances student progress. Imparts knowledge with warmth, humor, authenticity, and conviction. Empowers students to direct their own discovery, insight, and reflection. And most of all enjoys the journey that is learning.
  23. 23. Online Instructors Superheroes are
  24. 24. You have what it takes to be a Superhero ! Thanks for your time, patience, and cooperation!

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