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Engaging Online Learners. Dr. Jocelyn Sirkis Community College of Philadelphia Director of Professional Development Adjunct MIS Faculty. Why I Love Teaching On-Line…. What My Students Think I Look Like. What I Really Look Like. The Great Challenge of Online Classes. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Engaging Online Learners

Engaging Online LearnersDr. Jocelyn SirkisCommunity College of PhiladelphiaDirector of Professional DevelopmentAdjunct MIS Faculty

Why I Love Teaching On-Line

What My Students Think I Look Like

What I Really Look Like

The Great Challenge of Online ClassesLearning Online Can Feel Isolating and Disconnected

Myths About Learning Online

Myth: Online Students are Computer Literate Techy Whiz Kids

Some On-Line Learners Struggle to Understand Computers and Technology

And Computers Have Issues of Their Own

Myth: You Cant Create Intimacy in Online Classrooms

Getting to Know YouAlways include an introduction assignment

Use your VOICE, VIDEO, WRITING

Welcome each person individually explaining why YOU are HAPPY to meet them and HOW you expect they will contribute

As someone almost ready to graduate Lila, I hope youll be willing to help some of our newer students!

Banking is a great industry to be in Joe and certainly one that everyone in the class will be able to relate to. Everyone will be interested in your examples!

Other Ways to Build Intimacy?Use WEConsider EVERY student a contributorLook at every assignment as an opportunity to speak to each studentUse announcementsASK students How Theyre doing and how they feel about the course, material, etc.Let students know you will meet or talk by phone if they make an arrangement in advanceKeep a cheat sheet on each student

Connect Where AppropriateLet them know where youll be eating lunch Have office hours or times when you can reliably be reachedRespond to Emails in less than 48 hoursShow signs that you are in the online classroom at least 3-4 times each weekInsist that struggling students call you

Myth: Its Best To Mix Things Up Over the Course of the Semester

Be ConsistentStudents are busy. Consistent, predictable assignments allow students to budget their time appropriately

Have a clear rubric for each assignment type

Keep a clear and detailed syllabus to cut down on confusion and phone calls

Myth: Social Media is the Way to Go!

Use Social Media But Dont Go OverboardIt is unrealistic to expect students to keep track of you on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and your blog. If you must connect using social media choose ONE!

Myth: Online Learning is Even more Boring Than Traditional Courses

Bring Concepts to LIFE

Find Juicy, Real Life, Material for Some Assignments

Add Interest to the Lesson MaterialCurate! Find resources on the internet for each topic. Look for interesting and accessible videos, webpages, study guides even other people teaching the same class!

Bring in guest experts and guest speakers

Create an online fieldtrip

Myth: Survey Courses Have to Be Broad

Go Deep

Go Deep and Give Each Student Something to OWNEvery student spends the semester becoming an expert in something

Students retain more when they go deep

Allows students to apply learning to something real great for overly vague survey courses

It will broaden your understanding of the topic and your students understanding as well

You will demonstrate to students that what they are learning is applicable in more than one way

How Can Your Students Go Deep?Foreign Language (foods, cities or Spanish speaking countries)

Anthropology (civilizations)

Introduction to Business (businesses)

Statistics (casino games)

Health Sciences (diseases)

Music and Art (artists, genres)

History (cities, historical figures, economic, political, cultural perspectives)

Management Information Systems (industries)

Disadvantages of Letting Students Go DeepYou cant expect everyone to turn in the same essay or discussion posts grading takes longer

You might not know a lot about a students chosen topic (ask me about cargo shipping!)

It may take a few extra minutes to verify what students are saying

Myth: Class Discussions Arent Valuable

Discussions Have ValueBuilds class community by promoting discussion on course topics Allows time for in-depth reflection- students have more time to reflect, research & compose their thoughts before participating in the discussion Facilitates learning by allowing students to view & to respond to the work of others Develops thinking & writing skills

http://www.edutopia.org/pdfs/stw/edutopia-onlinelearning-mastering-online-discussion-board-facilitation.pdf

Class Discussions Can Go Horribly WrongDescribe events that spurred the beginning of the Great War?

Arnie: Do you mean World War I??????Leslie: The assassination of Archduke FerdinandJoe: DittoLekiesha: Archduke Ferdinand was murdered in 1914 by Gravilo Princip. His wife was assassinated too. Her name was Sophie.Lila: Yup that was itJames: And the rest is history!Marie: I read somewhere that he might have lived if he hadnt been sewn into his suit.Jonathan: Shame. But yeah thats what started it. Marie: I heard that he wanted the suit to fit perfectly. They couldnt get him out of it quick enough to help save him. The archduke died for fashion. Describe events that spurred the beginning of the Great War?

Arnie: Do you mean World War I??????Leslie: The assassination of Archduke FerdinandJoe: DittoLekiesha: Archduke Ferdinand was murdered in 1914 by Gravilo Princip. His wife was assassinated too. Her name was Sophie.Lila: Yup that was itJames: And the rest is history!Marie: I read somewhere that he might have lived if he hadnt been sewn into his suit.Jonathan: Shame. But yeah thats what started it. Marie: I heard that he wanted the suit to fit perfectly. They couldnt get him out of it quick enough to help save him. The archduke died for fashion. Discussion TipsHave each student tackle the question from a different perspective

Consider starting the weekly discussion on a Wednesday so the first post is due on Saturday night or Sunday

Grade discussions using a rubric with specific expectations: word count, use of references, use of examples, response to others

Jump into the discussion

Myth: Responses to Discussion Posts are Usually PointlessOjo, you always have the most interesting posts. Thats why I like to respond to your posts. You make a really interesting point about the airlines. I had no idea that airlines actually charge different prices to different people. What a ripoff that is! It seems everywhere you go, people are trying to rip you off! Who knew?! I will have to go check this out. Thank you so much for a really great post Ojo!

Define What a Substantial Response IsAdd a fact or an additional exampleAsk a question that demonstrates critical thinkingPolitely refute something in a classmates post

Myth: You Need a Mid-Term and A Final

Students Need to Apply Sustained EffortHigh stakes exams encourage bursts of energy and periods of non-energy

Book publisher questions and answers may be posted on the internet

Regular, low stakes assignments keep students engaged

An end of year meta-assignment can encourage reflection and allow students to see how the totality of their course learning and coursework comes together

Myth: You Have to Be Tough and Stick to the Rules

Hold Accountable and Set ExpectationsHave VERY high expectations

Prosecute plagiarism with a zero tolerance policy

Let students know when work is not up to par

Know that some may never get on board: It is obvious that you have not taken the time to review the syllabus nor the rubrics for course assignments. Please do not expect that you will be able to pass this course without following the requirements described in the syllabus and rubrics.

Ask your best students or very good students for permission to use their work as exemplars. Doing so helps the model student and struggling students

ButBend and Adjust as NecessaryDrop the lowest grade on weekly assignments

Make your Official Rules slightly stricter than you really are

Change what isnt working and explain why

Myth: How They feel Is Not Your Concern

Show Concern for Students as Individuals

Where have you been?

How are your transfer applications going?

Are you feeling better?

Your work is not up to your usual standard? Did something happen to you this week?

Heap Praise

Ask your top students to help out weaker ones

Good point! Great question!

Always try to find something positive unless there is absolutely nothing good to say

Demonstrate Concern for Student LearningChapter survey:What did you find most interesting or unexpected about this chapter?

Were any concepts confusing or difficult for you?

On a scale of 1-10, how difficult was this weeks written assignment?

What else do you want me to know?

Myth: Its Hard to Be Fun in an Online Course

Make it Fun

Countdown the weeks or host an asynchronous semester party (post photos)

Share something fun you found

Cartoon intro for each new chapter

Promise students that if the class quiz average is above 85%, youll air guitar to Happy

Invite students to meet you in person for an end-of semester pizza

Be the Easter Bunny

Hide a few extra credit points to see whos paying attention.

In the syllabusIn an announcementIn a moduleIn an examExpect to spend 8 hours or more per week per class

Be present in the classroom

Be consistent

Look for consistent effort instead of high stakes exams

Use multimedia LMS tools

Use and grade discussions

Be clear about exp