Hone Your Skills: E-Learning for Educators Fall 2011 UW-Stout Online

E-Learning for Educators

ONLINE COURSE EDUC 760 E-Learning for Educators 3 semester hours graduate credit

Adjunct Professors, K-12 Educators, Corporate Trainers, Health Educators, Curriculum specialists: Hone your skills so you can compete in a growing job market!

Explore online and blended applications for e-learning using an open source learning management system, Moodle, and the D2L learning management system. You will have the opportunity to create your course content with Moodle, an inexpensive way for educators to create an effective online course.

The course provides a strong foundation in e-learning and online teaching theory and technology.  Emphasis is on developing a community of practice founded on critical reflection, personal interaction, and rich experiences with web 2.0 tools. E-Learning for Educators is is the recommended first course in the E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate program.

Activities include hands-on experience with Web 2.0 tools such as social bookmarking, blogs, podcasts,  personalized search tools, surveys, quizzes, and discussion systems.

This course prepares learners to lead and manage instructional challenges in a variety of online settings in educational institutions, corporations, the military, health care and government agencies. The emphasis is on what you can use right now in your teaching or training.

This course introduces educators to the hands on realities of teaching online. Using Moodle and D2L teach and learn as both a student and an instructor.  Discover e-learning best practices and create discussion forums, online surveys, quizzes and e-portfolios.

EDUC 760 E-Learning for Educators 3 graduate credits
This is the introductory course in the E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate, is an approved elective in the online Master of Science in Education degree program, and is open as an individual course to students seeking professional development.

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Dates
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EDUC 760 900 September 19- November 11, 2011 Instructor: Jim Erbe
EDUC 760 901 October 3 – November 30, 2011 Instructor: Dennis O’Connor
EDUC 760 902 October 3 – November 30, 2011 Instructor: Sara Turansky

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What students are saying:

“It was a great first experience with online learning!  I would, I have, and I will, recommend the course to colleagues with whom I work, and I would consider another online course without hesitation. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!”
~ Middle School Librarian, Los Angeles, California

“I enjoyed the instructor(s) and their focus on organization and professionalism.”
~ Instructor at Waukesha County Technical College, Pewaukee, Wisconsin

“Prior to beginning the class, one of my most strongly held notions was that the interaction and level of engagement in an online course environment could not come close to the experience one has in a face to face class. While I don’t know that I am ready to fully embrace the concept that one should be able to earn a high school diploma or a Bachelor’s degree completely online,  I certainly believe there is tremendous value, rigor, and powerful sense of community that can be developed in a thoughtfully constructed course with a skilled teacher shepherding the process. ”
~ Middle School Librarian, Los Angeles, California

Manager of Special Education, Louisiana Connections Academy

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2011-2012 School Year

Company Summary:
Connections Education is a leading, fully-accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual education solutions for students in grades K–12. Since 2001, the company’s Connections Academy division has delivered individualized learning to students through virtual public schools and a private online academy. In the 2011-2012 school year, 23 Connections Academy virtual public schools will operate in 22 states and expect to serve more than 40,000 students from across the U.S. The Connections Learning division meets the needs of schools, school districts, and other institutions looking to develop and enhance their online learning programs. Connections Learning delivers a full range of targeted digital learning solutions to the K-12 education community including online courses, a program for homebound students, a digital learning platform, and more. More than 300 schools, school districts, state departments of education and other educational institutions, serving tens of thousands of students throughout the United States and beyond, are already utilizing Connections Learning products and services. Connections Education is committed to expanding quality education through technology and helping students achieve both academic and personal success.

Position Summary:
Working from our office in or near Baton Rouge, LA, the Manager of Special Education, who reports to the School Principal, will manage educational service delivery for our students with special education needs. The Manager will implement the Louisiana Connections Academy Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) procedures and ensure that the school operates in compliance with all Louisiana and federal regulations.

The Manager of Special Education will make certain that the school is providing appropriate programs in the least restrictive environment for all students with special needs. Duties will include management of the pre-referral and Case conference committee processes, maintenance of student data, communication with parents, collaboration with service providers throughout the state, and the following:

Responsibilities:
• Manage the implementation of the Louisiana Connections Academy IDEA procedures, including procedures for IEP development, placement, evaluation and re-evaluation of students with disabilities;
• Maintain documentation within the IEP program and the learning management system that captures and organizes special education timelines and data;
• Coordinate the set-up and delivery of IEP mandated services to students;
• Communicate and consult with teachers and Learning Coaches regarding the instructional program for students with disabilities or other special needs;
• Oversee the development, tracking, dissemination and proper implementation of IEP or 504 plan mandated accommodations for students with special needs during state testing events;
• Coordinate implementation and proper administration of the Student Support Team (SST) process; participate in SST meetings as required;
• Collaborate with the corporate staff and members of the local school team concerning all facets of programming for students with special needs, from pre-referral intervention to transition and dismissal;
• Work directly with parents, as needed, to answer questions and ensure that all school actions are in compliance and that students are learning in the Least Restrictive Environment;
• Develop a working knowledge of Connections Academy’s curricular options, and how they can be adapted and implemented to meet specific student needs; Introduce new ways of supporting special needs students in a virtual environment;
• Provide supervision to the special education teacher(s);
• Plan, implement, and evaluate staff in-service activities; and
• Performs such other duties as assigned by the School Principal or corporate Senior Director of Student Services.

Requirements:
• Masters’ Degree in Special Education or related Education Field
• Special Education Certification
• A minimum of three (3) years fulltime successful teaching experience in special education
• Expertise in special education law and compliance
• Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
• Customer focused approach
• High degree of flexibility
• Demonstrated ability to work well in fast paced environment
• Technologically proficient (especially with Microsoft Office products)
• Occasional travel (less than 10%)

If you are intersted in this position, please visit our careers website to apply directly: http://www.connectionsacademy.com/jobs

Want to change your future? Start now!

Are you thinking about your future? Perhaps you’ve been teaching for awhile and things are beginning to get a bit routine?  Do you worry about losing the spark of curiosity and excitement you feel in the classroom? Do you see a rut in your professional life and wonder if there will ever be a chance to change?

If you want to electrify your teaching or training career, consider e-learning and online teaching. There’s a world of new opportunities and ideas waiting for you on the web!

I’m describing myself in the opening paragraph.  I was a veteran teacher fast approaching my 50’s with 25 years in the classroom.  As I commuted to work I’d ask myself is this where I’ll be next year? And the year after that? At the midpoint of my commute I’d pass a sailboat anchored on a large lake.  I started thinking that I was that sailboat.  At anchor in a beautiful place, with gorgeous but limited horizon line.  In my case I was focused on a single question:  Did I want to circle the wagons and wait it out until I could retire, while my love for teaching was chipped away a day at a time, or did I want to take a chance on a new future?

I set a goal to go back to school when I turned 50.  My plan was to be making my living online within five years.  It happened withing two.  It may be a cliche, but my dreams became goals, and my goals have been more than fulfilled, thanks to teaching and learning online.  Our program at UW-Stout embodies everything I’ve learned about e-learning amplified by the experience and expertise of the best group of online teachers I’ve ever worked with.

Think about joining us this summer!  You can change your future one class at a time, starting with the summer session which is now open for registration.

E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/elearningcertificate.html

  • Are you looking for an E-learning and Online Teaching Certificate program?
  • Is your institution rapidly developing online courses and programs?
  • Are you looking for a new career or a way to supplement your current salary?
  • Our courses benefit educators interested in effectively teaching online or blended courses.

Summer and Fall registration is open now. Sign up soon.

Courses are completely online; no travel to campus required.
8-Week Online Courses Recommended Course Sequence

  • EDUC 760 E-Learning for Educators
  • EDUC 762 Assessment in E-Learning
  • EDUC 763 Instructional Design for E-Learning
  • EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities
  • EDUC 764 E-Learning Practicum  (Prerequisite: Completion of EDUC 760, 761, 762, 763 and Consent of Instructor)

For more information, visit http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/elearningcertificate.html You may enroll in any single course for professional development or complete all four courses and the practicum to receive the Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching.

Courses can be used to fulfill requirements in the Master of Science in Education, Master of Science in Career and Technical Education and Ed.S. in Career and Technical Education degree programs.
Benefits

  • Expert facilitation by veteran online educators
  • Small highly interactive classes
  • Professional quality projects for an e-portfolio to aid in job searches
  • Career mentoring and job placement assistance
  • Credits may also apply as electives in three different UW-Stout graduate degree programs
  • Highly competitive tuition (tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students)

The courses model best practices in e-learning with interactive discussions and hands-on experiences

  • creating and using blogs, wikis, and other social tools
  • integrating video and podcasts
  • adopting best practices for engaging class discussions and assignments
  • designing authentic assessment activities, quizzes and grading options
  • building strong communication activities in your online class
  • motivating online students who are falling behind
  • managing your online teaching workload

If you have any questions, please contact Dennis O’Connor, the program adviser, at (530) 318-1145 or email oconnord@uwstout.edu

REGISTER SOON:  Summer and Fall Sessions are open now!

Register online today to reserve a spot at: http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/register.shtml

E-Learning & Online Teaching Graduate Certificate: UW-Stout

E-Learning for Educators  UW-Stout Graduate Certificate Program

E-Learning for Educators UW-Stout Graduate Certificate Program

University of Wisconsin-Stout
School of Education
Online Professional Development

E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/elearningcertificate.html

  • Are you looking for an E-learning and Online Teaching Certificate program?
  • Is your institution rapidly developing online courses and programs?
  • Are you looking for a new career or a way to supplement your current salary?
  • Our courses benefit educators interested in effectively teaching online or blended courses.

Spring registration is open. Sign up soon.

Courses are completely online; no travel to campus required.
8-Week Online Courses Recommended Course Sequence

  • EDUC 760 E-Learning for Educators two start date options:  February 8, 2010 or March 22, 2010
  • EDUC 762 Assessment in E-Learning Begins January 11, 2010
  • EDUC 763 Instructional Design for E-Learning  Begins February 1, 2010
  • EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning Begins January 25, 2010
  • EDUC 764 E-Learning Practicum  (Prerequisite: Completion of EDUC 760, 761, 762, 763 and Consent of Instructor)

For more information, visit http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/elearningcertificate.html You may enroll in any single course for professional development or complete all four courses and the practicum to receive the Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching.

Courses can be used to fulfill requirements in the Master of Science in Education, Master of Science in Career and Technical Education and Ed.S. in Career and Technical Education degree programs.
Benefits

  • Expert facilitation by veteran online educators
  • Small highly interactive classes
  • Professional quality projects for an e-portfolio to aid in job searches
  • Career mentoring and job placement assistance
  • Credits may also apply as electives in three different UW-Stout graduate degree programs
  • Highly competitive tuition (tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students)

The courses model best practices in e-learning with interactive discussions and hands-on experiences

  • creating and using blogs, wikis, and other social tools
  • integrating video and podcasts
  • adopting best practices for engaging class discussions and assignments
  • designing authentic assessment activities, quizzes and grading options
  • building strong communication activities in your online class
  • motivating online students who are falling behind
  • managing your online teaching workload

If you have any questions, please contact Dennis O’Connor, the program adviser, at (530) 318-1145 or email oconnord@uwstout.edu

REGISTER SOON

Register online today to reserve a spot at: http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/register.shtml

Mark university billing (do not include credit card info) and no tuition payment is due until mid January.

8 Online Discussion Response Techniques

Online discussion is the heart of a community of practice oriented e-learning course. However, it can be difficult to know how to respond.

It’s a good idea to think in terms of value added responses. What can you add to advance the discussion?

I like to post the following list at the top of discussion forums in my online courses. It’s a good reminder and a handy reference!

Here are some suggestions to guide you as you respond to each other in discussion forums.

Suggested Techniques for Response :

  1. Expand on the topic.
  2. Provide a teaching story that illustrates the main idea.
  3. Offer a different perspective.
  4. Provide an online resource relevant to the topic (include a hyperlink).
  5. Offer a method you use in your classroom.
  6. Provide a summary of the ideas posted so far (good when you come late to the conversation).
  7. Ask a specific question (but avoid prompting yes or no answers).
  8. Ask an open ended (on topic) question.

The netiquette of online discussion:

  1. Focus on the prompt. Be sure to follow the directions in the prompt closely.
  2. Respond to those who respond to you! This is essential!
  3. Don’t depend on “Me too” or “I agree” posts. Make your posts substantial
  4. Work to respond with something that adds value to the discussion.
  5. Post early in the week. You’ll get more response and become more engaged in conversation.
  6. Avoid doing all of your posting at the end of the week. You miss out on interaction.
  7. Use direct quotations from the text. Include the Name of the text and page number. (Remember not everyone has the same text.)

I hope this helps!

~ Dennis San Diego

The Essential Role of Information Fluency in E-Learning

I’ve been researching and writing about Information Fluency since the turn of the century. My work is published on the 21st Century Information Fluency Portal: http://21cif.imsa.edu You’ll find modular online learning content including games, micromodules and assessments on the portal. (Free for all educators.)

I include information fluency training in all of my online classes. I introduce power searching and website investigation to the graduate students studying in the E-Learning and Online Teaching Certificate Program at UW-Stout ( http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/elearningcertificate.html ) because I believe that Information Fluency is a foundation skill for all online teachers and learners.

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What continually surprises me is that most educators (including those with advanced degrees) lack formal training in this field. Unless I’m working with a Library Media Specialist, most have little experience in searching, evaluating, and ethical use of digital materials.

Curiously, most educators think they are competent searchers and evaluators, when they are really just beginners. Their disposition is to ask for help rather than search for answers. With simple instruction many radically improve their ability to search, and evaluate. This is empowering and greatly increases learner satisfaction. Instruction in copyright and fair use is also part of the program.

At the same time I push the idea that it is everyone’s duty to teach website evaluation and ethical use as part of any online curriculum. Too often educators assume someone else should have done the job by the time their students walk through the door. The application of information fluency to all curriculum areas is profound. Students given even rudimentary instruction in Information Fluency immediately benefit.

As online teachers and learners we work in a computer where information is just a few keystrokes away. I hope we can promote the disposition in all online teachers and learners that skilled use of Internet resources is the essential learning skill of our times.

Dennis O’Connor
Program Advisor
E-Learning & Online Teaching
School of Education
Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University
oconnord@uwstout.edu
530-318-1145 (Cell)
Skype: wiredinstructor2

E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate

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Another school year is starting! Where will you be a year from now?

The decision to return to graduate school for the UW-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Certificate isn’t made lightly. During hard economic times you can choose to stand pat or grow your teaching arts by seeking new ideas and opportunities. It’s not enough to simply be curious about teaching online. You have to act now to learn the skills to swim in this 21st Century sea of change. The bottom line is to develop real experience and skills that open the door to new jobs and opportunities.

  • If you want to qualify for the best part time job a teacher can get; join our program.
  • If you want to deeply understand how to integrate the latest web technologies into your classroom, join our program.
  • If you want an edge in an uncertain job market, join our program.
  • If you want flexibility, opportunity, and intellectual challenge join our program.

Despite the economic downturn, there are many jobs available for those with online teaching experience and solid curricular subject matter expertise. Our program will provide you with the skills and real online teaching experience needed to break into this booming field.

The market for experienced online teachers at the K-12 level is red hot. Also more community college and university opportunities are developing everyday. As part of the UW-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program you will receive hands on instruction along with current educational theory about distance learning. Job search advice and a steady stream of fresh job opportunities are being regularly updated on my blog at: http://doconnor.edublogs.org/category/e-learning-jobs/

If you want to work from home, love a challenge, enjoy technology, crave a change of pace and are seeking new horizons now is the time to become an online teacher. Join our program!

Questions? Concerns? Call or email, I’m always happy to share information.

Fall courses begin in late September and are open for registration NOW!

Dennis O’Connor, Program Advisor

E-Learning & Online Teaching

School of Education

Online Professional Development

University of Wisconsin-Stout

Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University

530-318-1145 (Cell)

Skype: wiredinstructor2

Oconnord@uwstout.edu

Online Teaching and Training Careers

Tech Tip: Free Software Training Quick Reference Sheets

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Are you interested in advancing your career with new opportunities and want to…
• Teach online in a technical, community college, or higher education

• Work as a virtual school teacher in new K-12 environments

• Develop and deliver training for your district, business, government, health care,

or other nonprofit organizations

Becoming an Online Teacher

Bobby Hobgood provides an excellent overview on becoming an effective online instructor. He describes three critical phases of online course development: preparation, design and teaching.

Future of Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Kyong-Jee Kim and Curtis J. Bonk explore the results of a survey of postsecondary administrators and instructors regarding future trends in online teaching and learning. Includes predictions about the changing roles of online instructors, student expectations, and projected technology use in online teaching and learning over the next few years.

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Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Education (PDF file)

John Watson and Jennifer Ryan report on the fast-paced growth of K-12 online schools and how successful online programs with quality outcomes are

being developed and delivered at many different levels, from national organizations to single-district, as well as state-led, multi-district, and consortium programs.

Promising Practices in Online Learning (PDF file)

John Watson gives examples of how blended learning combines the best elements of online and face-to-face learning, and is increasing educational opportunities for students all over the world.

National Standards for Quality Online Teaching (PDF file)

In February 2008 the North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL) released this report to provide states, districts, online programs, and other organizations with a set of quality guidelines and best practices for online teaching.

Tech Tip – Free Software Training Quick Reference Sheet

Here’s a wonderful time-saving resource for technology training. The CustomGuide Learn-on-Demand Web site has a selection of free printable “cheat sheet” software user guides for Macintosh and Windows. Each of the colorful PDF quick sheets is appealingly formatted with screen shots and keyboard shortcuts. Sheets can be shared with staff and students and posted on your school or organization’s Web site.

Titles include:

Summer Courses are Filling Quickly – Don’t Delay

http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/courses.shtml

Participate from your home computer; no travel to campus is required. Select university billing, and no payment is due until summer session begins.

Final Call for Courses Beginning on June 16 and June 23

EDUC 760 E-learning for Educators

RDGED 702 Reading in the Content Areas K-12

EDUC 744 909 Teaching Writing with the 6-Traits

EDUC 744 917 Inspiration and Kidspiration: K-12 Strategies to Build Study Skills and Comprehension

EDUC 744 914 Methods of Teaching Middle School Math (Grades 4-8)

EDUC 744 965 Issues and Problems in Teaching Primary Mathematics – K-3

EDUC 744 925 Bullying in Schools

EDUC 744 928 Instructional Applications of Digital Photography

EDUC 744 938 Digital Media and Visual Literacy

EDUC 744 941 Mentoring Teachers

EDUC 744 949 Assessment for Learning

EDUC 744 951 Teaching Information Literacy with Primary Sources

EDUC 744 954 Instructional Leadership Skills

EDUC 744 956 Building Better Instruction with Technology

EDUC 744 963 Teaching English Language Learners (ELL) in General Education

EDUC 744 964 Workforce Development: Every Teacher’s Responsibility

EDUC 744 929 Web Design for Educators

EDUC 744 937 Applications for iPods and Handheld Computers

EDUC 744 939 Intermediate Web Design

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Originally created for the UW-Stout Infobytes Newsletter Karen Franker, Editor

Pass the word? Help make it a 6-traits online summer!

register now for Teaching and assessing writing with the 6-traits

Please forward this announcement to teachers in your district.

This summer teachers from around the nation and the world will join online to exchange ideas and share best practices. The conversations are rich. The community is real. If you’ve never taken an online class before… this is the one to start with!

Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6 Traits

EDUC 744 920 Elementary (Gr. K-4) – 3 gr. cr. begins June 16, 2008 EDUC 744 909 Middle/High School (Gr. 5-12) – 3 gr. cr. begins June 16, 2008

Learn to teach and assess writing with the 6-Traits of writing (voice, ideas, word choice, organization, sentence fluency and conventions). Learn to use the 6-Traits with the writing process to teach revision strategies. Help learners meet higher standards and improve test
scores.

Earn graduate credits via online courses that support your professional development goals for licensure renewal, salary advancement and advanced certification.

Sign up soon to reserve your spot! Classes are TOTALLY ONLINE. You may participate from your home or school computer. Registration is limited to 20 participants per section.

Syllabus and other details: http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/traits.shtml REGISTER ONLINE or REGISTER BY FAX Fax: (715) 232-3385

For more details e-mail Dennis O’Connor: oconnord@uwstout.edu

Last Call! Register Now for Online 6-Traits Course

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Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6 Traits: Classes are are Filling Fast!

WRITING COURSE:

EDUC 744 920F Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-TraitsElementary (Gr. K-4) – 3 gr. cr. begins January 28, 2008.

EDUC 744 909F Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits – Middle/High School (Gr. 5-12)
3 gr. cr. begins January 28, 2008.

Learn to teach and assess writing with the 6-Traits of writing (voice, ideas, word choice, organization, sentence fluency and conventions). Learn to use the 6-Traits with the writing process to teach revision strategies. Help learners meet higher standards and improve test scores.

Please forward this announcement to teachers in your district.

Earn graduate credits via online courses that support your professional development goals for licensure renewal, salary advancement and advanced certification.

Sign up soon to reserve your spot! Registration closes this week!

to allow time for assigning user names, passwords and ordering/shipping the textbook.

Classes are TOTALLY ONLINE. You may participate from your home or school computer. Registration is limited to 20 participants per section.

Syllabus and other details:

http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/traits.shtml

REGISTER ONLINE
or
REGISTER BY FAX
Fax: (715) 232-3385

Assessment in E-Learning: Enroll Now!

Next session: EDUC 762 September 10 – November 2, 2007*

Assessment in E-Learning (Complete course description.)

EDUC 762 3 semester hours graduate credit

Instructor: Datta Kaur Khalsa (Faculty Bio)

Have you realized how powerful assessment is in the online learning environment? Assessment has the capability to drive interactions and engagement, as well as minimize plagiarism, strengthen higher-level learning and build eportfolios. Learn what is needed to

become an excellent online course designer while developing your electronic record keeping systems and methods for evaluating discussion postings and group projects. Become familiar with assessment tools that could make or break your online course.

Enroll now!

* I wanted to add a personal note to this course announcement. I’ve worked with Datta Kaur Khalsa for years. She is a spectacular online teacher with a warm and understanding online presence.

Some might think of online assessment as a dry topic. You’ll find Datta’s class anything but dry! This is a great course! Take the leap and join now.

You won’t be disappointed. ~ Dennis

Online Teaching: Interaction and Collaboration Activities

Reposted from the UW-Stout Infobytes Newsletter, edited by Karen Franker

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Online Teaching: Interaction and Collaboration Activities

Special Issue on Online Collaboration
The February 2006 issue of the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN) contains eight articles which provide an excellent overview of effective methods for structuring online collaboration activities.

Relationships between Interactions and Learning in Online Environments (PDF)
Kathy Swan presents research findings on best practices in interactive learning and how they can guide effective course design and facilitation.

Online Learning Communities
Jan Engle and others describe how an effectively-designed online course can facilitate movement of a class through group development stages and deepen the learning experience. Key elements impacting student interaction include: the level of structure required, teamwork skills, discussion forums, and cooperative/collaborative learning exercises.

Understanding Interactions in Distance Education
Veronica Thurmond and Karen Wambach ask educators to consider if they are making optimum use of interaction and feedback, and describe four types of interactions commonly seen in online classes.

Earn a Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching!

For More Information about Classes Forming Now.

What Our Students Are Saying…

About the Online Classroom: Creating Collaborative Communities course:

“…the course design fostered a level of cohesive participant interaction that I have not experienced in many places. The instructors provided an effective model of online facilitation while teaching about online instruction. Every potential online instructor should take this class.” ~ Paul Mugan , High school biology teacher, Waverly, Iowa

Tech Tip – RSS Feeds in Internet Explorer 7

The new Internet Explorer 7 for Windows makes it easy to set up RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Feeds for favorite Web sites so that you automatically receive personalized information updates. This can be a huge timesaver, as the updates are automatically sent to your Favorites Center, so you only have to look in one place. To set up an RSS feed:

1. First, check your favorite Websites to see if an RSS feed is available. To do this, open a Website and look for an orange and white striped icon in the toolbar (usually next to the Home icon), which means that RSS feed capability is available for this page. If there is no RSS feed for this page, the icon will be gray and white.

2. Next, click on the small black triangle next to this orange Feed icon to see which site items are available via RSS. Select an item from the list. A new window opens. In the new window, click on the Subscribe to This Feed text near the top of the screen.

3. To read your RSS feeds, go to the Favorites Center in Internet Explorer 7 (yellow star icon at left side of screen) and click on the Feeds button. A list of your selected feeds will appear. Select a site feed, and the content will open in a new window.