Online Learning

Dr. Phil Ice talks about the Community of Inquiry

In this interview of Dr. Phil Ice, we talk about what drew him into researching the Community of Inquiry in the first place.  He explains how retention is tied back to social presence in online learning and explains how important teaching presence (or instructor presence) is at the start of a course.  He discusses how important…

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Bill and Melinda Gates Panel: Improving Teaching and Learning Now

Session Notes: The session began with a e-Literate-TV: regarding Developmental Math (to be released soon on e-LiterateTV)  The session is implementation focused Daniel Patrick Moynihan regarding education and systems thinking in 1971: This is not a simple input-output system. Jen McGrath: Rio Salado: Systems approach – we communicate well and include many people in the…

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My #fedwikihappening experience

I was lucky to have been a part of a very, very messy learning experience this holiday season.  This learning experience was not a MOOC but rather a connectivist learning experience called “a happening” per Mike Caulfield. The happening was a semi-structured community learning experience using Federated Wiki as an authoring tool.  The goal of the happening,…

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a look inside Motivis Learning’s competency based platform

Competency based education (CBE) is not new but the interest in CBE has been supercharged lately.  Karen Ford at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) has published a very helpful literature review on the topic: Competency-Based Education History, Opportunities, and Challenges and dates early models of competency-based learning back to the 1920’s and 1930’s as mastery learning…

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Strategies for Providing Feedback in Online Courses

The video below is from The Center Moderator Michelle Pacansky-Brock discusses the power of the human voice (depth, warmth, and intonation) with two faculty who give feedback to their own students using video and voice.  They share their own processes for giving feedback in this manner. Hangout Archive from: The Center  Use Audio and Video Feedback.…

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Faculty Satisfaction Teaching Fully Online Courses

Posted July 5, 2013 on The Faculty Commons: The demand for online courses has increased dramatically–so has the number of faculty teaching online. Online pedagogy has evolved over a short period of time, creating challenges with changing delivery methods, training, support, and course development. As faculty reflect on their experiences, are they satisfied teaching in the…

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Humanizing Online Instruction

Humanizing Online Instruction: An analysis of the literature regarding the Community of Inquiry   Ice, P., Curtis, R., Phillips, P. & Wells, J. (2007). Using Asynchronous Audio Feedback to Enhance Teaching Presence and Students’ Sense of Community. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 11(2), 3-25. In this article, Ice et al. (2007) state student satisfaction is…

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#DALMOOC – Day Zero

The weekend offered an opportunity to catch up on the Google Hangouts that occurred late last week. Both the designing DALMOOC video and the Introduction to DALMOOC video were very helpful in setting the stage for the course and what is to come over the next few weeks on edX and beyond.  If you haven’t…

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Seriously? MOOCs again?

For those of you who reading this, please note that this is the topic of the week in my PhD course. Is Sebastian Thrun on to something? When thinking about the questions posed this week, I prefer to begin by talking about Udacity and Thrun’s aha moment.  I watched the news closely when Sebastian Thrun was…

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YOU MUST Create Compelling Instructional Video

Video is EVERYWHERE!  But is it any good?  What videos do you watch and find compelling?  Does production value matter?

Here are a few tips that you need to remember before producing video to add to your online course.

Rules of Thumb:

  1. Script it and Practice it
  2. Keep your video short (3-5 minutes)
  3. Relate the video to a specific instructional activity (assignment or assessment)
  4. Add only Audio or Visual elements that demystify content
  5. Production value matters when students are paying for the class

Create Compelling Instructional Videos

Use video strategically to explain key concepts, set expectations for assignments, tell students exactly what they need to do in your course, and of course to create a sense of instructor presence.

From research and practice we know that images or visual cues explain and amplify text which facilitates the recall of new knowledge and that using images to aid in learning assists with memory making.  Video can aid in motivating learners by bringing the content to life in an online course, it can validate knowledge and even explain or illustrate difficult concepts.

Try new tools to create video:

TouchCast – This tool is not for the novice video creator it is a more advanced tool with really AMAZING functionality.  And, they have taken the time to create a guide for educators.

Explain Everything – Tablet application for explaining everything.  If you own a tablet you simply must try this app.

WeVideo – collaborative video creation tool for laptop or mobile device.  Easy to use.

PowToon – Cartoon-ish animations made easy with drag and drop functionality.  Easy to use.

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