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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
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 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)
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
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?
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
Look for consistent effort instead of high stakes exams
Use multimedia LMS tools
Use and grade discussions
Be clear about expectations
Show concern create intimacy
Find juicy points of interest
Let each student go deep