147 Practical Tips for Teaching Online Groups Essentials of Web-Based Education

ISBN-10: 189185934X

ISBN-13: 9781891859342

Edition: 2000

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List price: $12.50
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Atwood Publishing, LLC
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 74
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

A Unique Look at the Authors
Why This Book?
The Web-based Environment
Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning
The Addition of Technology to the Teacher, Learner, and Content of the Classroom
The Context of This Book
Before You Begin
Know yourself
Determine your philosophy of teaching and learning
Learning community-centered
Be a team player
Learner liaison
Instructional designer
Graphic designer
Technology personnel
Resource personnel
Administrative personnel
Learn new skills for teaching online
Understand your audience
Understand the online environment
Learn about the technology
Learn about your resources
Recognize the absence of physical presence
Create multiple spaces for work, interaction, and socializing
Include multiple types of interactions
Consider which interactions to include
Consider learner-to-teacher interaction
Consider learner-to-learner interaction
Learner-to-expert interaction
Learner-to-content interaction
Learner-to-technology interaction
Establish the preferred class size
Consider team-based learning
Form personal relationships online
Develop learning communities
Learn through dialogue
Be prepared and flexible
Define your role in the online classroom
Clarify your expectations of learners' roles
Expect learners to be present online and to avoid passively observing
Expect learners to create, share, and hold knowledge and experiences
Expect learners to be self-motivated and self-directed
Expect learners to manage their time effectively
Expect learners to be ready to learn
Expect learners to troubleshoot problems
Expect learners to contribute to the class discussions
Expect learners to teach others and facilitate the experience
Expect learners to act as collegial members of the class
Expect learners to review readings and materials thoughtfully and reflectively
Expect learners to provide timely, meaningful feedback to you and their fellow learners
Expect learners to be leaders
Expect learners to "listen" to others
Expect learners to communicate by addressing each other, not just you
Expect learners to be proactive
Expect learners to observe the process
Establish a contingency plan
Myths and Constraints of Online Teaching and Learning
Myths of Online Teaching and Learning
Myth: Learners are unable to adapt to the online environment
Myth: The instructor has to know how to do everything
Myth: Time requirements for teachers are lower in an online environment
Myth: Online classrooms aren't conducive to group interaction and activities
Myth: Online classrooms aren't as social as face-to-face classrooms
Myth: The number of learners in online classrooms can be unlimited
Myth: Technology will always work
Myth: The course will market itself; post it on the web and they will come
Myth: Learners will always understand your intended expectations for them from your clearly written syllabus
Constraints for Interactive Online Teaching and Learning
Constraint: Fear of technology
Constraint: Different levels of technology skills
Constraint: Literacy levels
Constraint: Ability to type and use the keyboard
Constraint: Access to a computer and an internet connection
Constraint: The comfort of physical work space
Constraint: Having a disability
Constraint: Not being able to correspond in the language of the course
Constraint: Reaching across multiple time zones
Organizing the Online Course
Identify the course design
Consider course goals and objectives
Consider content
Consider readings
Consider resources
Copyright issues
Determine methods of delivery
Consider interactive applications
Consider non-interactive applications
Give learners appropriate advance information
Tell learners about the computer hardware and software they'll need
Tell learners about the level of computing proficiency
Tell learners about the level of course content and the course's time expectations
Decide and communicate what's private and what's public
Develop course details
Establish discussion guidelines
Develop a flexible syllabus
Organize content into modules or units
Create a timeline
Develop assignments
Decide about evaluation techniques to use
Evaluate your learners
Assess course effectiveness
Strategies for Evaluating Learning
Use quizzes
Use essays
Use portfolios
Use performance evaluation
Use interviews
Use journals
Use reflective papers
Use web site development
Use learner participation figures
Use peer assessment
Use learner self-assessment
Consider how you'll grade assignments
Develop a way to evaluate group projects
Develop a way to grade portfolios
Develop a way to grade reflective papers
Consider strategies for course improvement
Use the one-minute assessment
Use a pretest/post-test approach
Use a learner tryout
Use direct observation
Ask learners for their reflections
Conduct peer reviews
Do a teacher preview
Reflect on your experiences
Beginning Instruction in the Online Course: Implementing the Course Design
Create a space for learning
Design strategies for assessing learners' characteristics and building learners' self-knowledge
Design strategies to introduce learners to each other
Use effective teaching strategies
Gain agreement with the learners about rules, norms, and procedures for discussion--and do so from the start
Use a freeflowing and interactive content and structure
Develop team-building activities
Share biographical information or stories
Share course assignments
Create a social space
Involve learners in team projects
Develop asynchronous group discussions
Develop challenging problems
Promote critical thinking
Encourage learners to evaluate information
Encourage learners to analyze information
Encourage learners to connect information
Promote self-regulating learning
Build collaborative skills
Create a loose framework for exploring topics
Create opportunities for learners to teach and to facilitate discussions
Add games and fun activities into the learning mix
Use existing software applications creatively
Use case studies
Use simulations as opportunities for learning by doing
Use external communities, people, and resources to build content knowledge
Create opportunities for reflection on the course, technology, content, and process
Help your learners manage information
Encourage substantive feedback from learners--including yourself
Motivate your learners to participate
Give learners roles during discussions
Make learners facilitators
Make learners process observers
Make learners information networkers/summarizers
Consider online office hours
Take advantage of opportunities for continuous learning
The Last Word(s)
Read all you can about online learning
Understand that you're not the only one who feels overwhelmed once in a while
Know that sometime, someday you'll struggle with the technology
Enjoy yourself!
Postscript: Some Final Words
Online Classroom Software
Online Resources
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