Higher Education

Synchronous vs Asynchronous Debate

On Sunday, March 22nd, I was joined by two brilliant ladies, Dr. Maha Bali and Dr. Peggy Semingson in a #HumanMOOC Google Hangout.  We discussed the affordances and limitations of technology specifically synchronous and asynchronous communications in online courses. Dr. Semingson makes some good points about the personal attention that can be given to an…

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Voice and Video tools – which one do you prefer?

This week in the #HumanMOOC the community shared their thoughts on how to enhance Instructor Presence using three different tools.  They used the video recording functionality in Canvas to record an instructor introduction video and gather feedback from their peers, then we took to the web to utilize VoiceThread and FlipGrid. The VoiceThread below contains…

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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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Degrees vs. Micro-Credentials: Two VCs Slug It Out

Panelists: Christopher Nyren: Founder of Educelerate Inc. @cnyren Ryan Craig – University Ventures – author: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education  Matthew Greenfield: Managing Partner at Rethink Education Session: http://schedule.sxswedu.com/events/event_EDUP41683 _____________________ Notes from the session at SXSWEDU. 3 very different investing styles. Ryan Craig has invested in higher education and the money has shifted from the University to…

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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) http://schedule.sxswedu.com/events/event_EDUP991240  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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