Creating successful online learning experiences--content

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  • Creating successful online learning experiences--content

    1. 1. Creating Successful Online Learning Environments Content VCC workshop March 2009 Tannis Morgan
    2. 2. Guiding Questions <ul><li>1. What does content look like in your course? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eg. is your content dynamic (changing all the time) or relatively static? Is your content a support to the textbook/readings? </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>2. What concerns do you have about conveying your content online? </li></ul>Guiding Questions
    4. 4. Guiding Questions <ul><li>3. What do you do best when you deliver your content? </li></ul>
    5. 5. Guiding Questions <ul><li>4. How do you think your content could be enhanced? </li></ul>
    6. 6. Guiding Questions <ul><li>5. What resources are available to you? </li></ul>
    7. 7. Borrow <ul><li>http://www.freelearning.ca </li></ul><ul><li>http://ocwfinder.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://compfight.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.oculture.com/2007/02/university_vide.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://cnx.org/ </li></ul>
    8. 8. But don’t steal ( unless you have to…)
    9. 9. Tools <ul><li>Use the tools to connect the dots… </li></ul>
    10. 10. Tools <ul><li>There are many options available to us:  text, audio, video, screencasts  </li></ul><ul><li>What combination works for you and your students? </li></ul>
    11. 11. Instructor Voice <ul><li>  Write as you would as if you were talking to the students directly  </li></ul><ul><li>Don't regurgitate the readings </li></ul>
    12. 12. Connecting Dots <ul><li>Use your narrative to connect the dots between the content and the activities.   </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid sending students from page-to-page, link-to-link without making the narrative connection between all the components </li></ul>
    13. 14. Signposts <ul><li>Provide students with instructions about what part of the website or section of video you want them to read or view--help them focus </li></ul>
    14. 15. <ul><li>Use visual cues:  looks DO matter   </li></ul><ul><li>a. no design example (jpeg) </li></ul><ul><li>b. Html version (nursing sample) </li></ul>Connecting Dots
    15. 16. <ul><li>Audio is an underused tool </li></ul><ul><li>Intros </li></ul><ul><li>Summaries </li></ul><ul><li>contextualizing </li></ul><ul><li>content </li></ul><ul><li>Considerations: </li></ul><ul><li>short clips or long clips?   </li></ul><ul><li>transcript or not? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it add value or repeat?   </li></ul>Connecting Dots
    16. 17. <ul><li>Screencasts </li></ul><ul><li>useful for orienting students or talking them through a digital document, diagram, photo, formula, process, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>example </li></ul>Connecting Dots
    17. 18. <ul><li>Do’s and don’ts </li></ul><ul><li>DON'T use ppt, unless there is an audio narrative.   </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t assume a sequence = connections </li></ul><ul><li>Getting creative: metaphor to connect, narrative, real life scenarios—what suits the ‘story’ of your course? </li></ul>Connecting Dots
    18. 19. Do’s and don’ts <ul><li>Consider organizing content in 15-30 minute learning chunks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier to step away and come back to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other thoughts? </li></ul></ul>
    19. 20. The other end of the continuum… <ul><li>Dynamic content or just-in-time teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Elluminate live or “live” classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Weblogs </li></ul>
    20. 21. Thanks! <ul><li>Revisit the presentation and resources at: </li></ul><ul><li> http://testingcentre.wordpress.com/ </li></ul>

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