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  1. 1. Online course content Main issues Building an online community; Learner training and readiness; Always state clear objectives; Chunking your content into smaller pieces; Providing a print version of the web page, provide PowerPoint presentations for students to download;  Optimizing graphics so they can load as quickly as possible;  Good structure (e.g. clear and user-friendly visual design) and navigation;  Committing to a system of feedback;  Opportunities for interaction through leaner activities;  Repetition (important idea);  Synthesis (important ideas+ learning objectives) ;  Stimulation-hold learner attention;  Variety (technical tools and tasks to engage learners) ;  Open-ended;  Continuous evaluation; (Reference: https://www.alt.ac.uk/sites/default/files/assets_editor_uploads/documents/eln064.pdf)      Challenges       Finding the right balance between collaborative and individual work; Directing learners to available resources Vs creating something new; Balancing activities and task types to maintain interest; Engaging learners with different learning styles and preferences; Dealing with student needs/building a rapport; Technical back-up; Online tasks type · · Synchronous (e.g. chatroom, Blackboard collaborate) Asynchronous (e.g discussion boards, padlet, video clips, slide presentations) 1
  2. 2. Possible uses of online task type Forum discussion Strengths • • • Wiki Weaknesses • Time (enough time to think) Sense of community Starting a new thread Strengths • Time (wait contributions) Correction needed) Task ideas • Voting for • Giving advice opinions (if • Reacting to text • Reacting to a video Weaknesses Task ideas • Collaborative • Can be deleted • Story • Learn • Unequal • Translation • Negotiating rules Managing skills • Work participation in a team (anyone can their share) Journal add Strengths same time Weaknesses • Individual care • Assignment • Can’t use it at the • Task ideas Giving feedback Weaknesses can be Advice, Task ideas to be evaluated individually 2 Individual work Essay Research • • • • considered “serious” • • opinion on anything that is too personal to be shared by everyone Strengths • Time consuming revision
  3. 3. Chat Strengths Weaknesses Task ideas • Talk to natives • Hard to monitor • Interviews • Live • Technical difficulties • Chatbots • Work together with • Finding the time homework) • Discussion • the teacher Individual feedback • debate (Reference: http://projects.ael.unituebingen.de/iceurope/moodle/file.php/46/Phase_4_Task_types_Workshop_2.doc) Instruction Design tips for online learning (from Joan van Duzer, Humboldt State University) · · · · · · Category 1: learner support and resources Category 2: online organization and design Category 3: instructional design and delivery Category 4: assessment & evaluation of student learning Category 5: appropriate & effective use of technology Category 6: faculty use of student feedback Learner support & resources: examples · Quiz to self assess readiness to be an online student · Tutorials on how to use tools · Netiquette guidelines · Links to websites with supporting info relevant to course content Online organization and design: examples · course content organized in logical format · links accurate and up to date · course schedule available in printer friendly format · resources divided into required and optional · easy to read typeface · consistent layout · clear directions for each task Instructional design and delivery: examples · ice breaker activities 3 (as
  4. 4. · · · · · instructor introduces self to model student introductions task expectations made clear provide summary to reinforce learning variety of activities to address different learning styles collaborative exercises Assessment & evaluation: examples · prerequisites defined · plagiarism · criteria for evaluation of participation · rich and rapid feedback Innovative teaching technology: examples · appropriate tools e.g. discussion boards, chats, teleconferencing · try new methods of delivery · multimedia e.g. audio clips, graphics, powerpoint presentations Faculty use of student feedback: examples · end of course evaluation survey · student feedback · modify course or elements 4