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Pimp Your Post - Tips and Tricks for Jazzing up Intro Posts in Online courses

Tips and Tricks for jazzing up intro posts and icebreaker activities in online courses. Facilitated by Tracy Roberts and Gina Bennett for ETUG, Feb 2010

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Pimp Your Post - Tips and Tricks for Jazzing up Intro Posts in Online courses

  1. 1. Ideas & Tools (& Reasons!) to Jazz Up Introductory Posts/Activities <ul><li>While you’re waiting! </li></ul><ul><li>Run Audio Wizard! </li></ul><ul><li>Test your Audio/Video </li></ul><ul><li>Try Text Chat </li></ul>If we remember to push the button, this session will be recorded... 
  2. 2. <ul><li>http://etug.ca </li></ul><ul><li>Today + next week </li></ul><ul><li>Meet Gina & Tracy </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Elluminate Warm-Up </li></ul><ul><li>Intros: Why bother? </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas & Examples </li></ul><ul><li>Tools : Free, easy-to-use </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Where are you? (chat) </li></ul><ul><li># of emails in your Inbox right now? (chat) </li></ul><ul><li>Do you teach online? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you support faculty who teach online? </li></ul><ul><li>Do your courses require an intro post? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you ever written an intro post? </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Try all them out! </li></ul><ul><li>Add text, move if overlap </li></ul><ul><li>Draw stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Play </li></ul><ul><li>1 min – go! </li></ul>
  6. 8. <ul><li>Spend some time thinking about what separates your participants initially. Possibilities include: </li></ul><ul><li>Your presence! </li></ul><ul><li>Just plain unfamiliarity: these strangers are simply ‘friends that haven’t met yet’ </li></ul><ul><li>Differences in culture & status </li></ul><ul><li>Willingness to be at your event. </li></ul><ul><li>These ideas come from here: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newLDR_76.htm (& there’s lots more where that came from!) </li></ul>
  7. 9. <ul><li>Instructor presence is a... “statistically significant predictor of student affective learning, cognition, and motivation ”. (Baker, 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Central to the effectiveness of online learning is the issue of instructor presence and the role of interactivity in establishing this presence. (Mandernach, Gonzales & Garrett, 2006) </li></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>...highest functioning and performing teams are “ socially bonded beyond the scope of assignments” Lam, Chua, Williams & Lee, 2005) </li></ul><ul><li>Some degree of community building is critical to online learning success (Palloff & Pratt, 1999) </li></ul>
  9. 12. <ul><li>One Example, 4 ways... </li></ul><ul><li>Text </li></ul><ul><li>Text with images </li></ul><ul><li>Text with audio + images </li></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul>
  10. 13. <ul><li>Subject : Tracy’s Intro Post </li></ul><ul><li>Hi, I’m Tracy. I’m an Instructional Designer at Royal Roads University. I’ve been there for about 5 years, and I love it. </li></ul><ul><li>About a year ago, I became a full-time telecommuter. I have found commonly-held assumptions about telecommuting to be untrue (e.g., you don’t get work done, it’s hard to be part of a team). </li></ul><ul><li>On a personal note, I like coffee, yoga, cats. I’m a vegetarian so I (am forced to) enjoy cooking  </li></ul>
  11. 14. <ul><li>Hi, I’m Tracy. I’m an Instructional Designer at Royal Roads University. I’ve been there for about 5 years, and I love it. </li></ul><ul><li>About a year ago, I became a full-time telecommuter. I have found commonly-held assumptions about telecommuting to be untrue (e.g., you don’t get work done, it’s hard to be part of a team). </li></ul><ul><li>On a personal note, I like coffee, yoga, cats. I’m a vegetarian so I (am forced to) enjoy cooking  </li></ul>
  12. 15. 3. PowerPoint Slideshow, with Narration
  13. 16. <ul><li>I work with faculty to develop online courses in Moodle </li></ul>ID Faculty
  14. 18. This puts me in learners’ and many faculty members shoes! MYTH I rely on different technologies
  15. 19. My interests and hobbies
  16. 21. <ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ea4c_yuH2f8 </li></ul>
  17. 22. <ul><li>A – text </li></ul><ul><li>B – text + pictures </li></ul><ul><li>C – ppt slideshow + audio </li></ul><ul><li>D - video </li></ul>
  18. 23. <ul><li>Free Tools You Can Use... </li></ul><ul><li>to add images, audio, video </li></ul>
  19. 24. http://bighugelabs.com/
  20. 26. <ul><li>The Great PowerPoint Sensation of 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Tips: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep it SHORT (5-7 slides) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Change Quality  Telephone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Save As.. SHOW </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Just attach to message </li></ul></ul>
  21. 27. <ul><li>Easy!!! </li></ul><ul><li>You need: webcam, mic, internet </li></ul><ul><li>How to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pick background </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click to record/stop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get link </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share link in your Intro message </li></ul></ul>
  22. 28. <ul><li>Record directly in, or... </li></ul><ul><li>Record (locally) and upload </li></ul>
  23. 30. <ul><li>Web/video conferencing </li></ul><ul><li>“ students in synchronous online courses reported significantly higher instructor immediacy and presence ”. Baker, C. The Journal of Educators Online, Volume 7, Number 1, January 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/Directory/Tools/conferencing.html (Jane Hart rules!) </li></ul>
  24. 31. <ul><li>Add-ons, Icebreakers & Inter-activities to help establish presence and build community </li></ul>
  25. 32. <ul><li>Book ? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Reading surrounds us, labels us, defines us” ( Rich Gold) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fiction, non-fiction, childhood, related to course? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Also: Movie , Music , Food... </li></ul><ul><li>Personal/passion w/o controversy </li></ul><ul><li>Use : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy add-on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make it interactive : Find 3 others with something in common, comment/ ask questions about their posts </li></ul></ul>
  26. 33. <ul><li>Include picture of favourite mug </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell story of how they got it (where, when, who) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How/does it represent you? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy add-on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alt. for people who prefer not to use “real” picture </li></ul></ul>
  27. 34. <ul><li>Task: write a story together. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rules : each person puts up 3 words. You can post again if at least one other participant has gone. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>At the end, summarize whole story or read (get learner to read?) and post as audio or video file </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>do this in a WIKI (does your LMS have one?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Invites interactivity/checking back in on the story </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May fit in with content later in the course? (e.g., re/write ending to something, make predictions) </li></ul></ul>
  28. 35. <ul><li>Course: Organizational Change </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learners completed and shared results on Tolerance for Change Scale </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shared stories/experiences with personal and organizational change (reaction to change, response/handling of change) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What kind of test (however “serious” or “valid”) would fit with your course or your pre-assessment goals? </li></ul>
  29. 36. <ul><li>Learning Styles Inventories </li></ul><ul><li>Jung Typology Test (similar to MBTI) </li></ul><ul><li>Gardner Multiple Intelligences: </li></ul><ul><li>Use: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy add-on (incl. Results) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make it interactive : find & respond to 2 others: 1similar to you and 1 completely different </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make it a reflective/journal springboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Team formation? (homogeneous or heterogeneous) </li></ul></ul>
  30. 37. <ul><li>Do these ideas jog any memories of neat ones you’ve done or heard about? </li></ul>
  31. 38. <ul><li>Ask participants to share most embarrassing computer (or other?) mishap. Share yours too </li></ul><ul><li>Good outcome : few laughs, loosen people up if nervous about technology? </li></ul><ul><li>Bad outcome : could backfire/create concern </li></ul><ul><li>Use with caution </li></ul>
  32. 39. <ul><li>...always win pie-eating contests or wheelbarrow races? </li></ul><ul><li>...be able to hear any conversation or take back anything you say? </li></ul><ul><li>...be invisible or be able to read minds? </li></ul><ul><li>...be the most popular or smartest person you know? </li></ul><ul><li>...be the sand castle or the wave? </li></ul><ul><li>...give up your computer or your pet? </li></ul><ul><li>...never use the internet again or never watch TV again? </li></ul><ul><li>...not be able to use your phone or your e-mail? </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Teampedia icebreakers for online teams </li></ul>
  33. 40. <ul><li>Keep it Simple </li></ul><ul><li>When planning your activity, understand your 'ice‘ and match the activity to “break” it </li></ul><ul><li>Have clear expectations, instructions, & a timeline for completion (a tight timeline keeps things moving) </li></ul><ul><li>If teams central to your course, consider classwide and within-team activities </li></ul><ul><li>Icebreaker doesn't have to be limited to only the beginning of your session! </li></ul><ul><li>Oh yes – Have a backup plan :/ </li></ul>
  34. 41. <ul><li>Join us for a week of Sandboxing in SCoPE! Feb 12 – 19, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Try out activities we saw today, share your Intro/Icebreaker ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Invite your friends  </li></ul>
  35. 42. <ul><li>June 7 – 8 in Victoria, BC (UVic) </li></ul><ul><li>“ 3 Cups of T: Teaching, Technology, Transformation” </li></ul><ul><li>Call for Proposals is out! </li></ul>
  36. 43. <ul><li>http://joitskehulsebosch.blogspot.com/2009/03/10-online-icebreakers.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://twt.wikispaces.com/Ice-Breaker+Ideas </li></ul><ul><li>what superhero are you? http://www.matthewbarr.co.uk/superhero/ </li></ul><ul><li>Jung Typology Test (similar to MBTI) http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes1.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Styles Inventories http://www.learning-styles-online.com/inventory/ </li></ul><ul><li>Gardner Multiple Intelligences: http://www.ldrc.ca/projects/miinventory/miinventory.php#form </li></ul><ul><li>Baker, C. (2010). The Impact of Instructor Immediacy and Presence for Online Student Affective Learning, Cognition, and Motivation. The Journal of Educators Online, Volume 7, Number 1 , January 2010 http://www.thejeo.com/Archives/Volume7Number1/BakerPaper.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>Lam, W., Chua, A., Williams, J.B. & Lee, C. (2005). Virtual teams: Surviving or thriving? Proceedings of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference. Brisbane, Australia. </li></ul><ul><li>Mandernach, Gonzales, Garrett (2006). An Examination of Online Instructor Presence via Threaded Discussion Participation. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching Vol. 2, No. 4 , December 2006 http://jolt.merlot.org/vol2no4/mandernach.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Palloff, Rena M., and Keith Pratt.  Building Learning Communities in Cyberspace: Effective Strategies for the Online Classroom , San Francisco: Josey-Bass Publishers, 1999. </li></ul>
  37. 44. <ul><li>Big Huge Labs: http://bighugelabs.com </li></ul><ul><li>Voice Over PowerPoint: http://office.microsoft.com/en-ca/powerpoint/CH063500681033.aspx Help/troubleshooting if you have trouble: http://www.indezine.com/products/powerpoint/ppnarration.html </li></ul><ul><li>BubbleJoy: http://www.bubblejoy.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube: http//www.youtube.com </li></ul><ul><li>VoiceThread: http://voicethread.com </li></ul><ul><li>Video Conferencing: http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/Directory/Tools/conferencing.html </li></ul>

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