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Constructive Conversations Part II New Faculty Orientation to Online Instruction:

Contents

This session will cover a variety of topics including:

· Interactions with Learners

· Engaging the Learners

· How to connect with students who disappear.

· Managing the Workload

· Managing Discussion Boards

· Preparing for Course Assessments

· Preparing for Course Revisions

Next session in will focus on Post Semester Assessment, Review, and Revisions

Interactions with Learners

INSIDE of the COURSE SITE

  Voice Announcements
  Video Announcements
  Text Announcements
  Ask the Professor Feature
  Blogs
  Journals
  Discussions
  Assessments
  Feedback on Student Work and Progress
  Class Twitter

  Social Networks- FACEBOOK

  Early Warning Alerts
  Accept Student Feedback/ Assessment of Instructor

           -Course Design

           –Course Management

           –Course Content

OUTSIDE of the COURSE SITE

1. Email-Outreach

2. Text

3. Audio

4. Video

5. Email-Response

6. Telephone-Invited/Uninvited

7. Skype

8. Office Visit-Real or Virtual

9. Attend Program Receptions for Students


Engaging the Learners

Developing reciprocity and cooperation among students: principle (2) Arthur W. Chickering and Zelda F. Gamson (1987) “Seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education” American Association of Higher Education Bulletin pp.3-7

Forms of Interaction: Student -Student

INSIDE of the COURSE SITE

  Student Introductions Space and Time
  Chat Room available throughout the course
  Discussions
  Participant
  Student Lead Discussions
  Student Facilitators-Course Facilitators or Course Wizards- Supplemental Instructors
  Group Work

   Wiki

  Mentors
  Tutors
  Class as a Learning Community in each course a community of inquiry in collaborative pursuit            and offering mutual support
 

OUTSIDE of the COURSE SITE

  •   Social Networks
  •   e-portfolio
  •   Virtual Campus
  •   IM
  •    Blackboard IM
  •   Email-text, audio, video
  •   Telephone
  •    FieldTrips

How to connect with students who disappear

· Direct Communications – Email – Telephone – Blackboard IM/Pronto—Skype

· Through Advisors

· Through Other Students

To Offer Innovative Measures to assist students in resuming their course work

Managing the Workload

Monitor time spent on tasks to determine where time is spent

Plan on managment techniques to arrive at a sustainable level after several semesters-100-133% of standard course time
Archive work with students that might be used again
Utilize rubrics for assessments
Utilize boilerplate/template feedback for assignments

Managing Discussion Boards

There are a variety of modes for constructing, monitoring and managing discussions.

Instructors can take any one of a number of roles within the discussions depending on the course design:

· Active participant

· Occassional participant

· Non-Participant

Combinations of the possibilities can also be employed as the instructor’s role might differ with discussions involving the whole class as opposed to groups or at the beginning of the semester as opposed to the latter parts.

Preparing for Course Assessments

At mid term and at semester end perform Course Assessment

Students should provide feedback on the course design, management and content
Students may be asked for feedback on the pace of the activities, the reasonableness of the due dates and work load
Students should provide feedback on the instructor’s role, presence and helpfulness
Students should have an opportunity to provide suggestions for revisions

Preparing for Course Revisions -a continuing process of revision

Instructor should have notes on or a plan for revisions of the course and course site based on assessments performed by the instructor and the students.

Instructors might make use of mentors and colleagues in the development of their plans for revisions and actual revisions

Return to SPS Faculty and Course Development Program [1]

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