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Creating Successful Online Learning Environments Interactions VCC workshop March 2009 Tannis Morgan
Course interactions are… <ul><li>Formal (assessed) </li></ul><ul><li>Semi-formal (formative) </li></ul><ul><li>informal </...
<ul><li>Brainstorm all the types of student-student and student-instructor interactions that might take place in a course ...
Interaction Spaces <ul><li>In online you create spaces for the interactions related to activities (formal), the semi-forma...
Creating interaction spaces <ul><li>Interaction spaces are important for: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Setting the stage—maki...
Interaction spaces <ul><li>discussion forums </li></ul><ul><li>email </li></ul><ul><li>“ live” classrooms </li></ul><ul><l...
Instructor presence <ul><li>Expectations--once a week is probably not enough </li></ul><ul><li>More instructor presence = ...
Thanks! <ul><li>Revisit the presentation and resources at:  http://testingcentre.wordpress.com </li></ul>
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Creating successful online learning environments--Interactions

  1. 1. Creating Successful Online Learning Environments Interactions VCC workshop March 2009 Tannis Morgan
  2. 2. Course interactions are… <ul><li>Formal (assessed) </li></ul><ul><li>Semi-formal (formative) </li></ul><ul><li>informal </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Brainstorm all the types of student-student and student-instructor interactions that might take place in a course </li></ul>
  4. 4. Interaction Spaces <ul><li>In online you create spaces for the interactions related to activities (formal), the semi-formal, and to some extent the informal </li></ul><ul><li>The spaces can be asynchronous (discussion forums, voice boards) or synchronous (live classrooms, text chat). </li></ul>
  5. 5. Creating interaction spaces <ul><li>Interaction spaces are important for: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Setting the stage—making the instructor seem ‘real’ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creating community—making students feel less isolated </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Providing feedback </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Just-in-time communication </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Other thoughts? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Interaction spaces <ul><li>discussion forums </li></ul><ul><li>email </li></ul><ul><li>“ live” classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>telephone </li></ul><ul><li>Chat </li></ul><ul><li>Announcements tool </li></ul><ul><li>Weblog </li></ul><ul><li>Skype </li></ul>
  7. 7. Instructor presence <ul><li>Expectations--once a week is probably not enough </li></ul><ul><li>More instructor presence = higher student satisfaction and evaluation of the course </li></ul><ul><li>More instructor presence = increased tolerance of ‘gaps’ or less-than-ideal design </li></ul><ul><li>Presence goes beyond content </li></ul>
  8. 8. Thanks! <ul><li>Revisit the presentation and resources at: http://testingcentre.wordpress.com </li></ul>

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