Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Download and install Audacity to record audio files to narrate your presentation in SlideShare.
Online tutorial: http://www.uis.edu/podcasting/create/index.html#record
Some faculty find it helpful to maintain a communication policy within the Syllabus or as an Announcement. A sample appears below.
As an exercise in professional communication and self-representation, all emails and discussion board postings must follow traditional writing standards. Each communication should include:
- A Salutation: Hi/Hello Person's Name
- A message or body that is clear, concise, polite, and has complete sentences with standard spelling and grammar--including capitalization and punctuation. (No text message-ese or IM slang).
- A Sign-Off: Thanks/See you Monday/Have a nice weekend/Best wishes, and your name.
- Questions about TECHNOLOGY should be asked in the Technology Questions discussion forum.
- Questions about an ASSIGNMENT or the SYLLABUS should be posted in the Questions for the Instructor discussion forum.
- Personal matters should be discussed with your instructor through email.
An impartial individual, called a proctor, oversees a student while s/he are taking an exam.The exam can be complete through a learning management system, like Moodle, or on paper, which is faxed or mailed back to the instructor.
|thanks to Mary Elizabeth Smith for graphic|
ASSURE Model of Instructional Design
The ASSURE model incorporates Robert Gagne's events of instruction to assure effective use of media in instruction.
S — State standards & objectives
S — Select strategies, technology, media & materials
U — Utilize technology, media & materials
R — Require learner participation
E — Evaluate & revise
Another good site describing the ASSURE approach to instructional design - the e-Learning Curve Blog.
1. Start early.
Begin preparing your blended course at least one semester before you plan to offer it for the first time. When the course does not have any online materials, this is especially important.
2. Reconsider your role as an instructor.
How will teaching in a blended mode affect your role as an instructor? Zane L. Berge describes four roles for online facilitators that are helpful for instructors in blended learning models. Kaleta, Skibba, and Joosten re-define these roles for blended instructors.
3. Focus on your course goals.
What do you want students to learn? What steps do you take to get there? How are these intermediate steps best facilitated? Or, how do you want them to learn it?
4. Make the most of each mode.
Sort through your content. What content works best online vs. face-to-face? What opportunities and projects will a blended course allow that might not be possible in online or face-to-face courses? Use each mode to its highest potential and ensure both you and your students spend your time effectively.
Examine what is NOT working in the face-to-face classroom and see if can be improved online. Consider what students can do independently. Many instructors find that online forums evoke more thoughtful dialogue from their students.
- Remedial materials
- Group work
- Study guides
- Self assessments
- Lower-stakes quizzes and tests
- Assignment submissions
- Lecture notes
- Case studies
- Course/module evaluation surveys
Think about what is most engaging in the traditional classroom and retain that portion for the face-to-face experience. Often this includes:
- Film clips
- Student presentations
- Introducing complex assignments
- Group work
- Role playing
- Field trips
- Editing and revision
- Follow up on online discussions
Michigan State offers an interactive tool to help instructors decide which materials belong online or face-to-face.
5. Keep them connected.
Make sure to integrate the online and in person portions of your class. They should feel connected and feed into one another, not feel like separate courses.
6. Consider your students.
Most likely your students will not be familiar with how a blended course will function. Be sure to make expectations clear for both online and face-to-face components. Be specific and detailed about your expectations. Explain the crucial importance of time-management, especially for the online portion.
How will you introduce and acclimate your students to the technologies used in the class?
Beware of "the course and a half syndrome." Coined by the Learning Technology Center at UW-Milwaukee, this phrase refers to the tendency for instructors to require more work in a blended course than either in face-to-face or online courses. How will you evaluate student workloads?
8. Making the grade.
How will you evaluate the online and in-person portions of the course? How will students receive feedback? How will students evaluate course modules and the course as a whole? How will you incorporate this feedback into the course development cycle?
From the Illinois Online Network
|Learning Style||Preference for information acquisition|
|Visual/Verbal||Prefers to read information|
|Visual/Nonverbal||Uses graphics or diagrams to represent information|
|Auditory/Verbal||Prefers to listen to information|
|Tactile/Kinesthetic||Prefers physical hands-on experiences|
More on Learning Styles:
Learning Styles Research from NC State
Learning Styles Questionnaire
Teaching Styles - Grasha from University of Cincinatti
Why is teaching style important?
It helps you to understand your strengths and weaknesses as a teacher, so that you may better adapt your style to meet the needs of all your students.
Descriptions with advantages/disadvantages
- Formal Authority
- Personal Model
Learn more about Teaching Styles:
Learn to leverage your teaching style online.
- Indiana University's Center for Instruction, Research and Technology
- Read Teaching with Style by Anthony Grasha in full text (1996)
- Take the IU Teaching Styles Inventory
How has Technology Changed Learning Styles?
Here's an introduction to Dropbox:
Here's an explanation of some of the more advanced features including sharing:
More tips and tricks: http://www.brighthub.com/education/k-12/articles/86024.aspx
And, one more valuable tip - logon at http://dropbox.com/edu and verify your .edu address for yet another half gigabyte of storage! (and double credit for referring others)
Elluminate is a web-conferencing tool that allows you to connect with colleagues and students using text chat, voice, video, and desktop sharing. Elluminate compresses all the data -- even voice and video -- in such a way that even folks on dial-up connections can participate.
Two related tools from Elluminate that are great for teachers:
- Publish- convert Elluminate recording to video for uploading to YouTube, iTunes or other services
- Plan- organize and time Elluminate sessions in advance
Free resource from Elluminate - LearnCentral.org
- What is a v-Room?
- A free 3-seat Elluminate virtual meeting room that has all the features of the full version of Elluminate, except recording
- Good for virtual office hours and group work
- Social networking platform geared toward teaching and learning
- Access to free larger Elluminate rooms to hold Learn Central Events
SlideShare is a media creation site for sharing presentations, documents and pdfs. SlideShare features a vibrant professional community that regularly comments, favorites and downloads content.
Content also spreads virally through blogs and social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook and twitter. Individuals & organizations upload documents to SlideShare to share ideas, connect with others, and generate leads for their businesses.
Anyone can view presentations & documents on topics that interest them. Or, you can make your slides private and share them only with your class and colleagues. The site is growing rapidly with over 25 million monthly visitors.
Get started with SlideCast's excellent GET HELP section.
Slides + Podcast = SlideCast
How to Create a Slide Cast