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ollie1 (Peterman): Iowa Online Teaching Standards - 28 views

  • Has experienced online learning from the perspective of a student
    • Gary Garles
       
      This is the part that I need to spend a lot of time on...
    • ronda fey
       
      I agree. I need to first understand the tools available from a student's point of view before I can bring it into the classroom.
    • Paloma Soria
       
      Yes, it is a very good personal experience.
    • Charmaine Carney
       
      I think that taking online courses ourselves humbles us and helps us to empathize with our students who experience problems with online learning.
    • Steve Leach
       
      Each time I come to this class, I am engaged in a riveting conflict that involves the following extremes: the fear of being a miserable failure vs. the thrill of successully participating online in a manner that I did not even know exsted two weeks ago.
    • Elizabeth VanDeHey
       
      Working as a student in an online course is so beneficial to those who will later be an instructor in an online course! I believe it provides instructors with empathy and an understanding that it will not be easy for every student and the challenges will vary with each technology tool!
    • Karen Hobbs
       
      I agree that this is a humbling experience.
    • Mari Haley
       
      I think this would be such a plus. I always thought my best early childhood college instructors were those that had had experience in an elementary classroom
    • Jonathan Wylie
       
      As educators, perhaps we should be doing more to experience what our lessons are like from a learner's point of view, and I mean online and offline. We would learn a lot from this.
    • Catherine Leipold
       
      I agree with so many of the comments in this section. It is beneficial to be attempting an online class before presenting an online class. (Or hybrid) And it is good to recall what our students will feel - the 'riveting conflict' as described by Steve Leach is something good to experience.
    • Catherine Leipold
       
      Being able to understand the issues students have with respect to the online presentations can help us 'fine-tune' our lessons. It can perhaps motivate us to search for easier programs or give ideas we can suggest to the publishers of our favorite program to make them work better. It is a humbling experience to jump from feeling like you know what you are doing to being totally 'lost'.
    • manderson34
       
      Frankly, it's fun to be a student when a lesson is engaging and hits our optimal zone of learning and challenge, but on the flip side if a lesson is poorly conceived it is difficult, even for an adult, to stay focused. It is important to put ourselves in the shoes of students in order to grow as educators. Reflection is so important.
    • meliathompson
       
      I think this is very important. One of the reasons I want to get involved in creating my own online course is because I enjoyed being a student and taking classes online. I feel like I know some of the criteria and how to navigate somewhat around an online course that will help me relate to my students. I always like to emphasize to my student whether in the classroom or adult students, that I am sure there will be times when we are going to be learning together.
    • ronda fey
       
      Being able to be in contact with the instructor (and other students) is imparative during an online course.
    • Charmaine Carney
       
      I agree, Ronda. Students, especially those new to online learning or using a new online platform, need that instructor support to avoid becoming too frustrated. Also, contact with other students helps students to learn from each other.
    • Steve Leach
       
      I am one of those students who is new to online learning. On a daily basis, I use face-to-face contact in order to succeed, so this is a very challenging way for me to learn. I am encouraged to know that my instructor and my classmates are there to help me when I have a simple question or am feeling overwhelmed by how much I don't know.
    • Karen Hobbs
       
      This is crucial. Technology is only a vehicle to learning. If the process is too difficult students won't be spending that time on the content.
    • tamela hatcher
       
      Karen, it is nice to know there is a troubleshooting area in online classes and other students to ask questions of.  It is a new way of accessing when we can't see the person on the other end.
    • ronda fey
       
      It is important for instructors to be able to use technology to better prepare out students
    • Charmaine Carney
       
      The challenge is staying current because the technology emerges so quickly.
    • Jamie Van Horn
       
      I agree, it is very hard to keep up and stay current with all of the new and better programs that are constantly emerging. It seems like the students are one step ahead all of the time since they are so comfortable with technology.
    • tamela hatcher
       
      I agree Jamie, it is a challenge for teachers to stay current on technology as it changes so fast.  School age kids can fit new technology quickly into their skill set because they have always had technology in their life.
    • cvryhof
       
      I agree the technology changes so fast that for teachers it is more difficult to 'keep up'. I wonder if we get used to one site that works and we get comfortable and we don't keep looking for new ideas or sites to improve our teaching.
    • Steven Sand
       
      With my students, we feel more of a responsibility to expose them to educational sites. The population I teach is comfortable with tech, but using it in an educational setting is were they struggle.
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    • Paloma Soria
       
      I have been teaching my subject for twelve years now, but do I know how to demonstrate competence in content knowledge using technology?
  • Assists students with technology used in the course (Varvel III.C)
  • Assists students with technology used in the course (Varvel III.C)
    • Paloma Soria
       
      It is my wish that this class will help me to assist my students with technology as we move to 1:1 school, next year.
    • Steve Leach
       
      Paloma, Does 1:1 mean that every student will have a laptop or some other form of technology available for every class period?
    • jwest70
       
      I would also like to be more technology literate after this course.  While I will not be teaching an online course, I will be enhancing my classroom courses with online resources. 
    • Paloma Soria
       
      I am thinking about the importance of collaboration with other teachers and the help of the school's IT Department to help us growing technologically.
    • Steven Sand
       
      I think collaboration is very important. I'm the only social studies teacher in the middle school level at my school. I love getting together with other middle school social studies teachers and pitching around ideas of what we're using tech wise in class.
  • Communicates with students effectively and consistently
    • Paloma Soria
       
      I wanted to say THANK YOU! to Nancy for doing a great job communicating with all of us, effectively and consistently. Great example in teaching us how to create a community of learners.
    • Charmaine Carney
       
      Yes, Paloma. Nancy is a great example. I took another course with her and was very encouraged when I communicated my frustration.
  • Identifies and communicates learning outcomes and expectations through a course overview/orientation
    • Charmaine Carney
       
      I believe one key to student success in any course is getting them off to a good start. A good overview/orientation is essential so that students know what they will be learning and what will be required of them.
    • Steve Leach
       
      I agree, Charmaine. I found the "Topic 1 Pacing Chart" to be especially helpful last week. I printed it and used check marks to keep track of my progress.
    • Gary Garles
       
      Having one place with all assignments listed by due date was a feature of all my classes. I would continue thta in this context.
    • Steven Sand
       
      This is a must with the population that I teach. We have a high ELL group (many children of first generation immigrants). Have detailed explainitions, not only at the beginning, but throughout any activity or class is needed.
  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face
    • Charmaine Carney
       
      I think that understanding these differences is essential. What works in one environment may not work in the other. Taking our face-to-face course work and merely putting it online may not be effective nor desirable.
    • Steve Leach
       
      As a newcomer to online learning, I believe the directions need to be incredibly explicit because the students don't necessarily "see" what the instructor sees, and the instructor isn't standing in the same room as the learner with the ability to just point at the concept that is causing the confusion.
    • Gary Garles
       
      Yes, and I had a glitch that prevented me from seeing these notes earlier, and that was very frustrating. Have to allow for tech issues.
    • Karen Hobbs
       
      Being a student in this class gives me an opportunity to experience what my students may encounter. I am presently working from three different computers and each one works (or doesn't) a little differently.
    • barb jens
       
      From my perspective, I feel that you need to be an online student yourself first before you can design and guide an online class. Being a student gives you the understanding and need to predict student needs when designing online instructions that are different and more challenging than face-to-face instruction. It initially takes more time to design online instruction than face-to-face
    • Mari Haley
       
      This is definitely something to think about. Some things would be similar, but others would be very different. I've taught face-to-face classes with adults, but never online
    • Diane Jackson
       
      I agree with you Mari. I believe it is very beneficial to be an online student first before you design your own course. I have worked on a course this year, but am learning so many different ways to present information and engage students by taking this course. I think this will make the course I have been working on more rigorous and engaging to the course participants.
  • Utilizes a course evaluation and student feedback data to improve the courseþff
  • Knows the content of the subject to be taught and understands how to teach the content to students (SREB A.3, Varvel II.A, ITS 2.a)
  • Knows the content of the subject to be taught and understands how to teach the content to students
    • Steve Leach
       
      At my school, North Polk, we are currently discussing how we teachers must be constantly adjusting the strategies we use to teach so that we are better able to meet the needs of all learners. It is not enough to know our curriculum; we must be able to deliver it successfully too.
    • andersonlisa
       
      This is so true! Quality teaching will have the most impact on student achievement - not resources, class sizes or the use of technology.
    • joycevermeer
       
      I appreciate the 2nd half of this statement most--understands HOW to teach the content to students. We must be developing 21st century skills through all content learning and that doesn't happen by using 19th century teaching methods. Cooperative learning and deep thinking needs to occur.
  • • Promotes learning through online collaboration group work that is goal-oriented and focused (SREB C.5, Varvel V.I)
  • Utilizes a course evaluation and student feedback data to improve the course
    • Gary Garles
       
      Considering my struggles with the technology to this point, anything I create would be heavily modified during pr after it's first use.
  • Is knowledgeable and has the ability to use computer programs required in online education to improve learning and teaching
    • Elizabeth VanDeHey
       
      Using technology in a classroom is only appropriate if it is beneficial to the learning process for students. Sometimes I believe it is easy to think that using technology is in itself helping students learn, because this generation tends to focus more when on the computer or with a video game type learning device. I imagine this can make it easy to implement technology without a true educational benefit for students and teachers must stay away from that.
  • Designs the structure of the course and the presentation of the content to best enhance student learning, including using unit/lesson overviews and reviews, using patterns in lesson sequencing, and using appropriate visual web design techniques
    • Elizabeth VanDeHey
       
      I think this standard is closely related to a standard in ITS 4 which brings up the fact that online learning is different than face-to-face learning. That is very true and because of that online instructors must strive to make their course understandable and beneficial through the presentation of the content and the use of various tools to enhance understanding.
  • • Continuously uses data to evaluate the accuracy and effectiveness of instructional strategies (SREB J.7, ITS 1.c)
    • Karen Hobbs
       
      I am part of our school's Biology Data Team. We are beginning to implement Data Director to collect data to analyze our student's progress.
  • Provides and communicates evidence of learning and course data to students and colleagues (SREB J.6, ITS 1.a)
    • Karen Hobbs
       
      I provide pretest and post test data to my students. I work collaboratively with another teacher to improve instruction. We always discuss methods and analyze our student data.
  • Assists students with technology used in the course
  • Tailors instruction to meet the different needs of students, including different learning styles, different interests and backgrounds, and students with special needs or whom are language learners
    • renaudr
       
      These are very important for the same reason as what I posted above.  Because students can be more bold online, it is important to make sure that they are being appropriate in their communications...and that the discussions and work stay on task.
  • • Maintains an online social presence that is available, approachable, positive, interactive, and sincere
    • renaudr
       
      I would be interested to know how other teachers do this.  I am new to doing things online for my courses, but I would like to know how other teachers tailor their online material to fit the different needs of students.
    • barb jens
       
      Sometimes I follow the forum discussions and from these discussions, I ask more guiding questions that seem to follow student interests or other sites that may support their topics for further research
    • renaudr
       
      I have found that students are more open to communication via online tools than they are in class.  Discussions tend to go much deeper when they are online than in the classroom.  I have had students ask me some rather profound questions that I don't think they would have face to face.
    • Jonathan Wylie
       
      I would agree with that. From my experience, online communication tends to break down some barriers for some students. It seems less threatening to them somehow, but this does not always apply for all students.
  • • Sets and models clear expectations for appropriate behavior and proper interaction (SREB D.6, ITS 6.b) • Creates a safe environment, managing conflict (Varvel VII.D, ITS 6.e)
    • renaudr
       
      This is, of course, good for the teacher to be able to do, but I have found that as rapidly as technology changes, often times it is the students who are able to help me!
    • tamela hatcher
       
      I agree!  When I get lost, I turn to our children or another student to help me.  
  • Selects and uses technologies appropriate to the content that enhance learning
    • James Koop
       
      This is important because technology is not "one size fits all" and you want the technology to help the learner not distract the learner.
    • patesl
       
      Yes, I agree, we must select the right tool for the right job. The tool needs to be selected after the objective of the lesson has been decided, then the tool is selected to "enhance the learning". We also need to remember that instruction on how to use the tool should be taught before it is expected to help with content learning. It is too easy to forget the content and focus on "tool proficiency."
  • Provides substantive, timely, and constructive feedback to students
    • James Koop
       
      If you don't give students appropriate and timely feedback, how will they know what to do? This is important in a face-to-face class and probably more important with online classes when you don't see the teacher each day.
    • Marcia Jensen
       
      I am weak in this area, but last summer experienced a total lack of communication in one of my online courses that really left me frustrated. I resolved to make sure my students never had to experience the same thing at that point.
    • cvryhof
       
      I think this is so important especially for those who are not sure if they are doing an assignment correctly.
    • jbrosnahan
       
      You are so right -- it's easy to get frustrated when there is a lack of communication.  
  • 4Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face (SREB C.1, Varvel V)
  • 4 Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face (SREB C.1, Varvel V)
  • Has knowledge of learning theory appropriate to online learning, which may include (but is not limited to) age and ability level, multiple intelligences, didactic conversation, student developmental influences, constructivism, behaviorism, cognitivism, connectivism, and group theory (Varvel V.A)
    • apeich
       
      I wonder how - pr even if - this might be different for adult learners, particularly in nonformal adult education.
    • Mari Haley
       
      This is very similar to what we already do in our regular classrooms, so not much different for online teaching standards.
  • Understands student motivation and uses techniques to engage students (Varvel V.D, ITS
    • jbrosnahan
       
      Technology can do wonders in the motivation area.  Today's students have grown up with technology and it's technology that can engage students in online or face to face classes.
    • andersonlisa
       
      So true - everyday I have 2-3 students ask "are going to use the iPads today?". It really is amazing how it is so much apart of their lives and I'm just learning and trying to keep up.
    • jbrosnahan
       
      We are going 1:1 next year - ready or not.  It's going to be a learning opportunity for everyone.  Since I teach the business classes - Microsoft Office - they won't be used as much in my room, but I'm still looking for ways to incorporate them.
    • Mari Haley
       
      Just like I said in the first section, this is very similar to what is expected in a classroom. I'm not sure how this would be done for creating an online class, other than having a variety of ways to get information, communicate and share what you have learned. I would think that those people taking an online class would have a more similar learning style.
    • Diane Jackson
       
      I've seen several instances that technology is used just for the sake of technology. It really doesn't enhance the learning. I think in an online course this hopefully would not be the case.
  • Demonstrates effective instructional strategies and techniques, appropriate for online education, that align with course objectives and assessment
    • Marcia Jensen
       
      This has been something I have had to do deliberately because it is too easy for me to keep the same sort of activities happening all the time. I took another OLLIE course that taught me various ways of doing this. It was helpful because I was having difficulty visualizing what I could do on my own.
    • Marcia Jensen
       
      I have had this experience as an online student and have included it as an online instructor. In both cases, people who collaborated worked face to face, even though there was an online option. I think as a student you really have to push for inclusion in the collaboration. It is somehow less satisfying than being physically present.
  • Understands and uses course content that complies with intellectual property rights and fair use, and assists students in complying as well (
    • joycevermeer
       
      This needs to be a standards, but there seems to be a lot to know about how one would follow it. Sometimes I think people, myself included, may not even know they are doing things unethical. I appreciate that we are learning about this throughout the Ollie classes.
    • Marcia Jensen
       
      This would seem easy, but I have found it to be tempting to skim over it, doing the bare minimum. It is amazing how much content I want to borrow from other sources, which is fine, but also how much I leave the attribution to the bitter end.
    • Jamie Van Horn
       
      It could be difficult to use the data from assessments to guide instruction in a current course because often the online course is already established and changes cannot be made. However, data from assessments could be used for future classes.
  • As a newcomer to online learning, I believe the directions need to be incredibly explicit because the students don't necessarily "see" what the instructor sees, and the instructor isn't standing in the same room as the learner with the ability to just point at the concept
  • Networks with others involved in online education for the purpose of professional growth
    • Jonathan Wylie
       
      Google+ and Twitter and my go-to places to network with teachers online, so these would be my starting points for looking to meet this standard. The majority of online teachers seem to have some kind of presence on at least one of these networks.
    • tamela hatcher
       
      Moodle_iowa must be tagged to get full credit.  You must also search ollie iowa and join the group before the drop down menu will give you any other option but "private".
    • tamela hatcher
       
      The interactive, collaboration and learning community of #5 is important as we move into the online learning arena.
    • tamela hatcher
       
      The interactive, collaboration and learning community of #5 is important as we move into the online learning arena.
    • tamela hatcher
       
      Tamela is able to respond to notes already posted but not able to post original thread.  I am logged in and can see everyone's notes.  I have changed the dropdown menu to Ollie_Iowa.  What am I doing wrong?
    • tamela hatcher
       
      I think it finally worked.  I am not sure what I did differently!  This brings me to #7...it is so important to experience online learning from the perspective of a student :)
    • tamela hatcher
       
      Just like face to face learning, online teachers need to remember to provide opportunities that enable student self-assessment.
    • tamela hatcher
       
      It is important we select and use technology appropriately with the content and not get caught up in the bells and whistles.  I have been to classes where they used Power Point and had every icon flying in with a different sound...annoying.
  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face
  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face
    • jwest70
       
      It's also important to be available to help students.  They will not be learning any of the important content if they are lost in "online never-never-land".
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  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face
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  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face
  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face
  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face
  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face
  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face
  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face
  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face
  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face
  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face
  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face
    • Julianne Manock
       
      It is important for people to understand how to communicate when teaching online. This is different from face to face teaching. People cannot see facial expressions and cannot hear the tone of the teacher online. Making sure communication is clear, positive and professional is important.
  • Communicates assessment criteria and standards to students, including rubrics for student performances and participation
    • Julianne Manock
       
      Students like to understand how they are going to be graded on a project. Making sure that you show them by using a rubric will help with any questions they may have later on about their score. A rubric can also be like a checklist for students to make sure they have covered all parts of the assignment.
  • Establishes standards for student behavior that are designed to ensure academic integrity and appropriate use of the internet and written communication
    • Julianne Manock
       
      This is important because students need to understand that their online course is a classroom setting not a private chat room setting. Being professional and respectful in their posts and comments is important.
    • jwest70
       
      I think it's also important to stress the use of proper sentence structure, proper grammar, etc.  Just because it's online doesn't meet texting rules apply.
    • jbrosnahan
       
      It's frustrating to see text abbreviations in an academic class.  It's something I stress - the difference between what is appropriate and when it is appropriate.     
  • to stay current with emerging technologies (SREB B.5)
    • jbrosnahan
       
      By Jan Brosnahan -- Sometimes I thinks it's hard to stay current with all the new technology out there.  That's why classes like this are helpful to bring people together with ideas that can help other teachers.
    • Barbara Day
       
      Insuring that students feel safe and included is of extreme importance when we are all learning in isolation, particularly when you can't rely on visual clues like in face to face education. Also written communication can so easily be misunderstood.
    • Barbara Day
       
      #7 is extremely important. Technology changes so quickly that you have to be constantly exposing yourself to new learning, and then you have to utilize it.
  • Aligns assessment with course objectives
    • patesl
       
      This just underlines the importance to test how we teach, remembering each students ability level and background knowledge. I think we have a special name for that, oh yeah, differentiation.
  • • Knows and aligns instruction to the achievement goals of the local agency and the state, such as with the Iowa Core (Varvel I.A, ITS 1.f, ITS 3.a)
    • andersonlisa
       
      It's so important to know the standards and teach those to our students. We can't expect them to know what they haven't been taught.
  • • Applies research, knowledge, and skills from professional growth to improve practice (SREB C.8, ITS 7.c)
    • Steven Sand
       
      I am a firm believer in this benchmark of standard 7. I feel as if I'm falling behind when I'm not taking classes to expand my horizon. Which explains my interest in learning about moodle, etc.
    • jbrosnahan
       
      You will probably be able to tell my age .... but I've been going to school for 50 years!  If I don't keep taking classes on technology that can help my students, I feel like I'm not preparing them for their next step.
  • • Understands and uses data from assessments to guide instruction (SREB J, ITS 5.c)
    • bgeanaea11
       
      Formative assessment is so important to adjust instruction to meet learner needs.
    • bgeanaea11
       
      This can be difficult and what I find most challenging with online courses.
  • Proposed Online Teaching Standards
  • Proposed Online Teaching Standards
  • Proposed Online Teaching Standards
  • These standards are an alignment of the Iowa Teaching Standards (ITS), the Southern Regional Educational Board's iNACOL standards (SREB), and the standards put forth by the University of Illinois (Virgil Varvel)
    • Steven Sand
       
      Asked this one the on the course standards as well. Are these standards subject to change with the coming of the Iowa Core.
  • Creates a learning community that encourages collaboration and interaction, including student-teacher, student-student, and student-content (SREB D.2, Varvel VII.B, ITS 6.a)
    • patesl
       
      Not only do we need to promote a collaborative and interactive situation in the face-to-face classroom, online collaboration that promote interactive activities while teaching content is very important however challenging for someone just starting to learn how to develop online classes. The tools to form collaborative situations sound great but learning how to take advantage of their full potential takes time. I think to start with I'll find one tool, maybe two, to focus on.
    • jbrosnahan
       
      In today's business world - teamwork is an important skill.  You are right when you say we need to promote collaborative skills with out students.  The online classes can help students work together while not being in the exact location or time.
    • natehernandez
       
      This one hits home with me being a science teacher. We need more scientists. We need students graduating and heading to college and majoring in the sciences. One way to capture attentiion and make science intruiging is through technology. I have found that using things like LoggerPro with Vernier Software and Hardware get students that hands-on experience that facilitate learning when they don't know they're learning.
    • natehernandez
       
      I believe in trying new things and I'm not afraid to jump out there along with the students. This year, we tried two new projects in class involving two different software programs. One of which, I had zero experience with and the other, minimal technical practice. One was Google Sketchup and the other was Audacity. With Sketchup, the students were highly skeptical, but became extremely more than proficient. Some got really good. When we went to Audacity, it jsut took a reminder that they can do anything they put their mind to. Students are highly adaptable when it comes to technology.
  • Meets the professional teaching standards established by a state-licensing agency, or has the academic credentials in the field in which he or she is teaching (SREB A.1, Varvel II.A)
    • joycevermeer
       
      I developed great respect for teaching standards over the past few years as I was required to learn all about Iowa's Early Learning Standards in my position as an Early Childhood Consultant for Northwest AEA. I observed that teachers who get to know and implement the standards have better outcomes for children. Having the credentials and meeting the standards for whatever you are teaching, on or off-line, brings credibility to what you are doing.
    • jwest70
       
      I'm new to online teaching.  What are your thoughts in rigor?  Do you find online classes more or less rigorous than traditional class?  
  • Creates or selects multiple assessment instruments that are appropriate for online learning
    • joycevermeer
       
      I agree. We need to have various ways to assess online learning. We need to do quick screens to get an indication of where students are at, but we must also do ongoing observations. There is value in both formal and informal types of assessment.
  • Utilizes a course evaluation and student feedback data to improve the course
    • jwest70
       
      I think reflective teaching, while very important in a standard classroom, is even more critical for an online class.  With ever changing technology, lessons will need to be continually modified
  • Demonstrates ethical conduct as defined by state law and local policies or procedures
    • jwest70
       
      If students see instructors violate copyright laws, how can we expect them not to?  
  • Maintains an online social presence that is available, approachable, positive, interactive, and sincere
    • apeich
       
      I work with many learners who insist that they cannot connect online the same way they do in person. It's my goal to win over some of these reluctant learners, but I think I need to provide them with many options for interaction.
    • Jamie Fath
       
      I taught a hybrid course last semester out of scheduling necessity and feedback (about the structure of the course) from students was the most beneficial part of the course for me as an instructor. I underestimated what teaching online required before that experience!
  • evaluate learning materials and resources that align with the context and enhance learning
    • Jamie Fath
       
      I know it's been mentioned above but this so closely replicates the Iowa Teaching Standards yet is so different at the same time. Remembering that learning material and resource needs are different for students in an online environment is so important! Again, wraps back to the importance of being an active online learner yourself to understand the needs and demands your students will require.
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    Utilizes student feedback data to improve the course
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    This is important because technology is not "one size fits all" and you want the technology to help the learner not distract the learner.
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    From my experiences as an online student and an instructor, I have found these two criteria very important. The reasons I have found is that you have to think about how to describe in detail expectations that a variety of individuals may have as an online instructor. When you are face-to-face, you can be more general and as students immediately ask questions or you can read body language, you can adjust immediately. So, you have to use many previous experiences to predict concerns which students may have and be ready to differentiate at any time.
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    Helps students with disabilities to understand the lessons snapped a picture of what is required of them for the assignments, or connect the subject lessons in reading and writing parts for all other students in class or online lectures. also works to shorten the time of the study. Asma Ali
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    studying of Diigo, help increase the teacher in his style in the study, and may be a means of importance in a variety of teaching methods
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    If you don't give students appropriate and timely feedback, how will they know what to do? This is important in a face-to-face class and probably more important with online classes when you don't see the teacher each day.
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    Standards for teaching on-line
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    Online Teaching Standards
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    If you don't give students appropriate and timely feedback, how will they know what to do? This is important in a face-to-face class and probably more important with online classes when you don't see the teacher each day.
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    From my experiences as an online student and an instructor, I have found these two criteria very important. The reasons I have found is that you have to think about how to describe in detail expectations that a variety of individuals may have as an online instructor. When you are face-to-face, you can be more general and as students immediately ask questions or you can read body language, you can adjust immediately. So, you have to use many previous experiences to predict concerns which students may have and be ready to differentiate at any time.
Vickie Parker

ollie1: Iowa Online Teaching Standards - 2 views

  • understands how to teach the content
    • Jeff Struck
       
      It is more than just disseminating content. It is knowing how to deliver that content in ways that promote understanding, conceptual understanding. Your instruction needs to focus on connections, structure (models, schema), performance (application & transfer-think and act flexibly with what you know), sense making (can use it to make sense of the world), and reflection. This is an area I need a lot of practice tools and strategies for creating online learning environments that promote the Characteristics of Effective Instruction.
    • Kim Swartz
       
      I have a feeling many of us need a lot of practice, tools,and strategies in this area, Jeff.
    • Tami Plein
       
      I think the Characteristics of Effective Instruction have gotten lost in the sea of Essential Skills and Concepts. It is easier to think about teaching new content, then to think about teaching differently.
  • communicates learning outcomes
    • Jeff Struck
       
      It is critical in any learning situation to have the goals and success criteria identified but to also communicate them to the participants in ways that they can understand and in ways that they and the instructor can check progress.
  • best enhance student learning
    • Jeff Struck
       
      When designing an online course based off of a course that has previously been delivered face to face, is it best to design it completely online and then go back and look at those pieces that might best be delivered face to face?
    • Cindy Unger
       
      We should look at Iowa Core and the Characteristic of Effective Instruction. Shouldn't these hold true for and online course as well?
    • Becky Ahern
       
      I agree with you, Cindy. If it doesn't algn, we would have a problem.
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  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face
    • Jeff Struck
       
      If you understand how the teaching is similar and different between online and face-to-face learning, you can better prepare learning experiences that meet the needs of all learners and that supports what we know about best practices in teaching and learning. You can also make decisions about what may or may not be best suited for online learning.
  • data from assessments to guide instruction
    • Jeff Struck
       
      In face-to-face, you can use formative data to make changes in the content on the fly. Based on the data you get from participants you might need to revisit the content but in a different way or take the content deeper. You adjust and modify the content and how it is delivered based on what the participants know, say, and do. It will be interesting to see how one can make adjustments to content and instruction in an online environment when the content and sequence seem predetermined and somewhat 'fixed'.
  • Knows and aligns instruction to the achievement goals
    • bonnie gabriel
       
      Educators need to align content and instruction through the Iowa Core.
  • Knows the content of the subject to be taught
    • bonnie gabriel
       
      Many elementary teachers must develop a greater understanding of the math content they teach.
    • Tina Wahlert
       
      It will be very important to provide clear directions in how to use all tools we choose in developing our online class.
  • Assists students with technology used in the course
    • Tina Wahlert
       
      It will be very important to provide clear directions to students for all tools we use in our online classes.
  • Promotes learning through online collaboration group work that is goal-oriented and focused
    • Tina Wahlert
       
      I think that this is a very important point. Group collaboration MUST have a focus and be goal-oriented. without these components high quality learning is not possible.
  • Maintains an online social presence that is available, approachable, positive, interactive, and sincere
    • Tina Wahlert
       
      Our instructor has already done a very good job of modeling this standard. I hope to learn more from him related to this standard through the series of OLLIE classes. 
    • SLP John
       
      Communication still is so important even when the mode of communication changes from face to face to technology. I think courses in communication should consider teaching how we can communicate better via technology. The potential absence of non verbal skills can interfere with communication event.
  • Networks with others involved in online education for the purpose of professional growth
    • Tina Wahlert
       
      It has been very helpful to have a cohort of AEA colleagues taking the OLLIE courses together. It offered both online and face-to-face interactions while learning the content.
  • Understands and uses course content that complies with intellectual property rights and fair use, and assists students in complying as well
    • Kim Swartz
       
      This becomes more and more important as information is online. We must be role models for students making sure we don't have any copyright infringement as well has teaching students about the importance of complying with copyright.
  • Is knowledgeable and has the ability to use computer programs required in online education to improve learning and teaching, including course management software (CMS) and synchronous/asynchronous communication tools (chat, email, web 2.0, videoconferencing, webinar, whiteboard, etc.)
    • Kim Swartz
       
      if people don't have these types of technology skills, I don't see how they would be able to function teaching in an online environment. This seems like a "no brainer" to me.
  • Selects and uses technologies appropriate to the content that enhance learning
    • Kim Swartz
       
      Seems like this could take a lot of time perfecting because it probably depends on age level and content of the course.
    • Cindy Unger
       
      I agree. Online learning takes more discipline and self-motivation than coming to a class face-to-face. As I look at the Iowa Core-the Characterisics of Effective Instruction will be in the forefront of my planning. How do you create a class that embeds all five characteristics (START)?
    • Sandy Ubben
       
      Another factor to consider is that technology changes so quickly. What seems like a great tool today may be replaced by a better tool in the near future. Continuous lifetime learning!
  • experienced online learning from the perspective of a student
    • Cindy Unger
       
      I feel that I am a better instructor (trainer) for Cognitively Guided Instruction because I had to experience what it was like to be the student first. The same is happening for me with this OLLIE course. The more I experience as a student, the deeper my knowledge is of how online learning can be successful
    • Tami Plein
       
      Having only started the Ollie training, I am truly feel like a student in high school math again-lost.
    • Vickie Parker
       
      I think every teacher should experience taking a class through the technology they are using so that they can better understand the challenges and frustrations the students may encounter, so they can anticipate and prevent when possible think through work throughs and have empathy.
  • Demonstrates effective instructional strategies and techniques
  • Utilizes a course evaluation and student
  • Provides and communicates evidence
  • Provides substantive, timely, and constructive feedback to students
    • Sandy Ubben
       
      This is so important with face-to-face and online learning. It seems like online class size needs to be managable for instructors to do this successfully. Are there guidelines regarding online class size?
  • Applies research, knowledge, and skills from professional growth to improve practice
    • Tami Plein
       
      This is the hard part of what we do. We can learn about it, but applying it to our teaching may be a 2nd order change.
  • Tailors instruction to meet the different needs of students, including different learning styles, different interests and backgrounds, and students with special needs or whom are language learners
    • Ann Lupkes
       
      This is truly the essence of the free appropriate public education for all students. This standard should help focus the desired outcome we expect for all students and then choose the appropriate method and tools to teach and assess.
  • Creates a safe environment
    • Ann Lupkes
       
      Creating an environment in which students feel safe and respected is an essential component of any classroom. Students in an online community still need to know their ideas, contributions, and participation are respected and honored.
  • feedback data to improve the course
    • SLP John
       
      The use of feedback is crtical, the instructor has have a flexible instruction and curriculum to make changes without jepordizing the intent of the standard
  • inappropriate student technological use
    • SLP John
       
      I am curious how this will evolve as more districts utilize computers in there classrooms. Students struggle with cell phones use/texting.
  • Establishes standards for student behavior
    • Julie Thomas
       
      It is important to set behavior expectations for any group. On-line learning allows for management of time, opportunities for both independent growth and social engagement, and provides measures of accountability within flexible boundaries.
    • Becky Zesiger
       
      I think this will be an interesting area to watch. I hope that schools change their thinking from "rules for technology" to "teaching technology etiquette."
  • Demonstrates growth in technology knowledge and skills in order to stay current with emerging technologies
    • Becky Zesiger
       
      Wow! this would be a full time job for me!
  • Continuously uses data to evaluate the accuracy and effectiveness of instructional strategie
    • Becky Ahern
       
      How does this evaluate the accuracy and effectiveness?
  • Understands student motivation and uses techniques to engage students
    • Becky Ahern
       
      As educators we need to keep this in mind as we consider motivation for today's learners. Motivation is huge for secondary learners!
  • Has knowledge of learning theory appropriate to online learning, which may include (but is not limited to) age and ability level, multiple intelligences, didactic conversation, student developmental influences, constructivism, behaviorism, cognitivism, connectivism, and group theory (Varvel V.A)
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    "student feedback data to improve the course"
anonymous

Changing Iowa: Metamorphosis of OLLIE 2 - 0 views

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    Evan shares the changes made in the Technology for Online Instruction course over time. Evan makes the point that online courses should not be static -- once an instructor commits to teach online, there is continual updating.
evanabbey

ollie1-cohort8: Iowa Online Teaching Standards - 11 views

  • 6. Incorporates social aspects into the teaching and learning process, creating a community of learners (ITS 6) • Maintains an online social presence that is available, approachable, positive, interactive, and sincere (SREB C.3, Varvel VII.A) • Creates a learning community that encourages collaboration and interaction, including student-teacher, student-student, and student-content (SREB D.2, Varvel VII.B, ITS 6.a) • Sets and models clear expectations for appropriate behavior and proper interaction (SREB D.6, ITS 6.b) • Creates a safe environment, managing conflict (Varvel VII.D, ITS 6.e) • Communicates with students effectively and consistently (SREB D.1, ITS 1.g)
    • jbowar
       
      It seems that this has become very important in today's educational world:  using data to make decisions.  We do that in face-to-face courses, so it would make sense that it would be important in online coursework as well.
  • Assists students with technology used in the course
    • jbowar
       
      With so many tools available, this one could be tricky.  The instructor has to have content and pedagogical knowledge, while also being savvy with technology.  That can be a tough mix for some.
    • Deborah Cleveland
       
      Videos are one way to walk participants through some of the technology tool issues. One trick I've learned is to try to be generic in my videos. This way I can reuse them in different courses. I've even shared some with other instructors to use in their courses. I wonder if it would be worthwhile to create some general criteria that technology tutorials need to include and then post them in a community space (Agora?) so that we could swap video tutorials. Hmmm...
    • Melissa Wicklund
       
      Technology is so important in our classrooms today.  I believe that teachers need the TPACK knowledge in order to teach content and technological knowledge.  
    • Tyler Youngers
       
      It can be difficult to address the myriad of technology issues for a course, but having a working knowledge of the technology used and knowing where to find the answer is key. Also, it is important to stay updated on new technologies so you can be flexible with the changes.
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    • jbowar
       
      This is a really basic standard, but so important to remember in an online course.  The instructor has to be savvy with educational strategies and content but also with technological skill.
  • Selects and understands how to evaluate learning materials
    • jbowar
       
      With so many tools to use available, this is one of the hardest things for me.  It's important to remember that the tool just has to "get the job done" sometimes, not necessarily be the flashiest or most current.  If it works, use it, right?
    • bgigar
       
      Agreed - I am doing this on a personal computer because I cannot load software to my work laptop that is connected to the state network.
    • bgigar
       
      previous comment by B Gigar
    • Evan Abbey
       
      The criteria seems to be addressing specifically materials (such as online lessons or resources) that you might use in the classroom. Just because a resource is labeled "coolestthingever" doesn't mean it fits within your class. Though it might not be addressing technology, per se, we have to align our tech use with our objectives as well. In this case, not only do we want the tool to get the job done, but also do it in a way that is simple for students (as Barb mentioned... can't be having too fancy tools when you can't install them)
  • Has experienced online learning from the perspective of a student
    • jbowar
       
      So important!  This is one of the benefits of taking the OLLIE courses.  I have already been able to realize some things that I should change, just based on being an online student now instead of the instructor.  Great standard.
    • Evan Abbey
       
      I'm going to admit I had a similar experience. I actually interviewed for my job at Heartland thinking it was for technology integration (the positions that Tyler, Marisa, Erica, and Alex have). Then they mentioned it was for online learning. Small problem... I had never taken an online course before. So now, I was "helping lead" agency policy on online learning with no experience whatsoever. I took an online class... an awful one, and learned a few things of what not to do. But taking other online courses has helped me tremendously in being better versed for what makes good online teaching.
  • Understands student motivation and uses techniques to engage students
    • jbowar
       
      It seems that choice has a big part to play in this standard.  Having lots of tools available with technology helps the instructor to provide this choice.
    • Marisa Dahl
       
      I agree having choice increases engagement, however, as this is stated, I would rather have technology increase authentic engagement not compliance.  
    • Melissa Wicklund
       
      Choice does increase engagement and students online need to know that they have choice about how they are learning and what ways they can show what they have learned from the content.  Writing may not be everyone's strong suit and videos may fit best for others.
  • Continuously uses data to evaluate the accuracy
    • jbowar
       
      We focus strongly on data in face-to-face learning, so it would make sense that data should be used just as much in online coursework.  It might even be easier to get data in online coursework as a result of the tools available.  
  • Continuously uses data to evaluate the accuracy and effectiveness of instructional strategies
    • Sam Oppel
       
      I think of this as formative assessment. This seems to be one of the most effective tools we have for student learning.
    • Evan Abbey
       
      In essence, it is. Some people define formative assessment to be all about helping assess the student. This is about self-assessing your work as a teacher (and the teaching that you are doing). The tough part here is gathering data that allows you to evaluate effectively.
  • Knows and aligns instruction to the achievement goals of the local agency and the state, such as with the Iowa Core (Varvel I.A, ITS 1.f, ITS 3.a)
    • Sam Oppel
       
      The core of good teaching is WHAT we teach and how we teach it. Making sure we align with the Iowa Core solidifies WHAT we teach.
    • evanabbey
       
      Good point!
  • Creates a learning community that encourages collaboration and interaction, including student-teacher, student-student, and student-content
    • Sam Oppel
       
      It is very important that students share what they are learning with both the instructor and each other.
    • Sue Schirmer
       
      Yes! building the social interactions (so very important for adult learners) can easily be done in an online format, but must be done with intention!
    • Shannon Hafner
       
      I have received several comments from course evaluations that the best part of the course was assignments that allowed them to share their experience with other participants and learn from each other.
    • Shannon Hafner
       
      Previous comment from Shannon Hafner
    • Evan Abbey
       
      I think students in online classes really like the opportunity to share, but it isn't a given that sharing = meaningful experience. Sometimes, sharing is just posting and others are ignoring it (or replying "I agree!"). Creating activities that elicit good collaborative feedback are challenging to do, but the payoff is that the course is highly meaningful.
    • meliathompson
       
      This is one of my favorite aspects about teaching online. I love the team collaboration. As teachers and professionals, we need to learn from each other. No one knows all the answers and what might work for one person might work for others. I am always willing to share new ideas and would hope to instill that on my students that would be taking my class.
    • Alex Glade
       
      I think this is especially important in online courses. Teachers need to consciously incorporate opportunities for collaboration into any course (online or face-to-face), however it is even more important in online courses. A certain amount of collaboration will always occur in a face-to-face course, even if it is not facilitated by the instructor. However, an online environment places a few more limits on the opportunities for collaboration unless they are incorporated in the course.
  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face
    • Sam Oppel
       
      We want to give students an experience that is even better than face-to-face. In other words, we don't want to given them less or be missing anything they would be getting from face-to-face instruction.
    • Sue Schirmer
       
      This is so important!! I get so frustrated with people who say "I teach this face-to-face so I can just put it online" Not everything is appropriate in every venue!
    • meliathompson
       
      I agree that not everything can be taught in an online fashion. There are just some areas that need to be face-to-face but yet there are others that can easily be adapted to online teaching. I think about a lot of science courses that would require lab work so that would require some face-to-face time. I took this into consideration when thinking about what course I was going to put together. I really wanted to do something with Team Teaching but I don't think it is really appropriate for an online course but it could be done if thought about for awhile.
    • Marisa Dahl
       
      I believe online learning has a lot of potential for effective differentiation. The teacher doesn't have to be the one to deliver all of the instruction. Students can have access to different tasks and resources depending on ability, interests, and work habits.
    • Evan Abbey
       
      Online learning can be leveraged in ways that allow students to access their own resources and their own learning opportunities. However, there is a law of diminishing returns here. If there are too many opportunities or too little guidance and delivery from the instructor, it can become the wild west. Every time we offer this course, many participants comment that the Cool Tools site is so overwhelming. That is in the context of a guided lesson and a guided activity by the teacher, for adults. I can see how K-12 students can easily be wandering without quite a bit of guidance.
  • Promotes learning through online collaboration group work that is goal-oriented and focused
    • Marisa Dahl
       
      Moodle offers a safe controlled evironment that fosters collaboration with other students. Even when students are working outside the walls of a school they are still can be learning along side others. It is important to embrace that feature. 
    • Evan Abbey
       
      This is a good point. It is the "walled garden" approach, allowing you a lot of freedom to learn/explore/collaborate within, but keping you safe from things outside. There are places where you want students to interact with things "outside", but those have to be well thought out.
  • Understands and uses data from assessments to guide instruction
  • Understands and uses data from assessments to guide instruction
  • Understands and uses data from assessments to guide instruction
  • Understands and uses data from assessments to guide instruction
    • Marisa Dahl
       
      For some reason my highlighting and comment isn't work so I will put a sticky note here instead.  - Understanding and using data is important in all learning environments. 
  • Understands and uses data from assessments to guide instruction
  • • Tailors instruction to meet the different needs of students, including different learning styles, different interests and backgrounds, and students with special needs or whom are language learners
    • Marisa Dahl
       
      This is important both both face to face and in an online learning environment. I believe it is easier to provide it online because they can provide so many more resources guided towards their needs and interests. 
    • bgigar
       
      It does require the instructor to pay attention to posts and requests, and to do some specific questioning of participants to provide the appropriate resources.
    • bgigar
       
      previous post by B Gigar
    • Tyler Youngers
       
      A well crafted online course can absolutely meet the different needs of students, learning styles, interests, and students with special needs, but it is a lot of front-end work. What's great about the online classroom is that you are aware that your students are connected and being in the connected environment allows for greater flexibility on the fly.
  • course evaluation and student feedback data
    • Sue Schirmer
       
      As Evan had mentioned before, especially with changing technologies, it is more important than ever to evaluate and continually improve our courses
    • Evan Abbey
       
      We'll look at improving our courses through revision more in Instructional Design (and a bit in Assessment, Feedback, and Evaluation for those who take it as well). This course will help reinforce for us the need to continuously evaluate our use of technology, including the new updates within the tools themselves.
    • Tyler Youngers
       
      I've not been in an online environment where I was the sole instructor and desired evaluations and student feedback, but I have sought this information in my face-to-face classes and found it to be extremely valuable.
  • Selects and uses technologies appropriate to the content that enhance learning
  • Selects and uses technologies appropriate to the content that enhance learning
    • Deborah Cleveland
       
      The lesson "Introduction to Online Tools" has helped me sift through some of the most popular tools and their primary functions/purposes. For example, one time I was using a wiki in a course...when a discussion forum would have been much more effective. When i go back and review the purpose of a wiki it became a lot easier to see that I had chosen the wrong tool.
  • Maintains an online social presence that is available, approachable, positive, interactive, and sincere (SREB C.3, Varvel VII.A)
    • Deborah Cleveland
       
      Building rapport with participants is so important. It will prevent participants from falling through the cracks.
    • Shannon Hafner
       
      If a participant feels comfortable contacting the instructor for guidance at the beginning of the course, the supportive attitude will continue throughout the course.
    • Shannon Hafner
       
      Previous post by Shannon Hafner
    • kathyperret
       
      Agree. Online rapport is essential. (Kathy Perret) 
    • Melissa Wicklund
       
      The instructor does need to be available to answer questions and allow flexibility (depending upon the learning group).  The instructor should take into consideration the students, their environment, and motivation to learn the new material.
    • Tyler Youngers
       
      Another crucial aspect to being an online instructor. You must have an online presence that establishes the rapport that you would typically do in the face-to-face classroom. However, I think norms must be established because being online 24/7 is not a reasonable expectation for the instructor. A set of online office hours might be important or a dedicated time to communicate via a #edchat or something might be a good way to connect with your students.
  • Communicates assessment criteria and standards to students, including rubrics for student performances and participation
    • Deborah Cleveland
       
      Setting clear expecations on assignments and assessments will help you get the evidence of learning that you need and also help ensure student success.
    • Shannon Hafner
       
      I agree that having clear expectations is key to student success. We have always posted a detailed syllabus but found students still had a lot of questions - so, we added a webinar in the first week of the course that explains the course policies and requirements and always time for questions and concerns. This webinar has been very well accepted and has reduced the value of individual questions.
    • Shannon Hafner
       
      Previous post by Shannon Hafner
    • Evan Abbey
       
      Shannon, I like your example here. This is a good illustration of how it takes multiple approaches and some customizing by the teacher to make things most effective.
  • Adheres to, models, and guides ethical behavior, including technological use (ITS 8)
    • Deborah Cleveland
       
      Including course policies is a good idea. Hopefully, they aren't needed, but in the event that an issue pops up it is good to have course policies to fall back on.
    • carolynasmith
       
      Agreed, it's better to have developed policies in advance rather than not have a plan to deal with problems if they arise.
    • Tyler Youngers
       
      AUP are important for online courses. I think they should be short and sweet and should be easily accessible in case of an issue that needs to be resolved.
  • align with course objectives and assessment
    • bgigar
       
      We need to remember this one - adding tools that do not really add to the learning is not productive
    • bgigar
       
      previous post by B Gigar
    • carolynasmith
       
      I agree the tools  must enhance the learning not distract from it.
  • Is knowledgeable and has the ability to use computer programs
    • bgigar
       
      Online instruction requires some tech savvy :)
    • bgigar
       
      previous post by B Gigar
    • kathyperret
       
      Online instruction requires a growth mindset and the willingness to improve through the use of a variety of online tools. (Kathy Perret) 
  • Meets the professional teaching standards established by a state-licensing agency, or has the academic credentials in the field in which he or she is teaching
    • bgigar
       
      I think it is a good idea for instructors to share information about their background/expertise with students to establish credibility.
    • bgigar
       
      previous post by B Gigar
  • 6. Incorporates social aspects into the teaching and learning process, creating a community of learners (ITS 6) • Maintains an online social presence that is available, approachable, positive, interactive, and sincere (SREB C.3, Varvel VII.A) • Creates a learning community that encourages collaboration and interaction, including student-teacher, student-student, and student-content (SREB D.2, Varvel VII.B, ITS 6.a) • Sets and models clear expectations for appropriate behavior and proper interaction (SREB D.6, ITS 6.b) • Creates a safe environment, managing conflict (Varvel VII.D, ITS 6.e) • Communicates with students effectively and consistently (SREB D.1, ITS 1.g)
    • Shannon Hafner
       
      This is very important early on in the course to assure student success throughout the course. Often the student is so afraid of not meeting course requirement, they just need a little boost of confidence. Once they settle into the routine of the course they gain confidence and can focus on digesting the content and collaborating with others.
    • bgigar
       
      Can't get my name to show up if I share to OLLIE Iowa - B Gigar
    • Shannon Hafner
       
      Creates a safe environment, managing conflict - Participants need to feel comfortable competing assignments and commenting back to each other. I have received comments on course evaluations from participants who stress about assignments that ask them to provide suggestions to other students. Shannon Hafner
  • Demonstrates growth in technology knowledge and skills in order to stay current with emerging technologies
    • carolynasmith
       
      This is exciting and frightening since new technologies are developed so frequently it's difficult to stay current.
    • kathyperret
       
      Agree. Technology is changing everyday! One thing I have found helpful is to develop a network of a variety of educators with different areas of expertise. We formed a Voxer group. They are my "go-to group" when I have questions about tools, their use, new advancements, etc... Twitter is also a good source to stay current. (Kathy Perret)
  • Iowa Teaching Standards
    • kathyperret
       
      I like that the Proposed Online Teaching Standards align to the Iowa Teaching Standards. This is helpful so that teachers don't feel they are being asked to do something different. 
  • Provides and communicates evidence of learning
    • kathyperret
       
      Online learning must include ways to communicate and learn with and from others (just as this DIIGO assignment is asking us to do!) 
    • ericalea
       
      Yes, great point! 
    • Alex Glade
       
      This is an important point. As the points above mention the importance of data in evaluating courses and instructional strategies, this provides evidence (data) of student learning. This data demonstrates the level of learning, which is important for students and can also contribute to the evaluation of instructional strategies implemented within the course.
  • Designs the structure of the course and the presentation of the content to best enhance student learning
    • kathyperret
       
      The design elements in online learning are essential. I'm looking forward to learning more about this and designing my course to reflect STUDENT LEARNING rather than dispersing my knowledge on a subject. (Kathy Perret) 
  • Networks with others involved in online education for the purpose of professional growth
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  • Networks with others involved in online education for the purpose of professional growth
  • Networks with others involved in online education for the purpose of professional growth
    • kathyperret
       
      Networking is a critical component of any online learning - whether it be a formal course or being a connected educator through tools like Twitter, Blogs, Voxer, etc... Learning needs to be dimensional and collaborative! (Kathy Perret) 
    • Melissa Wicklund
       
      My ISU cohort has been an essential part of my learning during my Master's program.  I believe that a cohort has been the best way for me to go through my master's program because I developed relationships with individuals from across the state and nation.  These individuals have supported and challenged my thinking.
  • Demonstrates techniques for dealing with issues arising from inappropriate student technological use
    • kathyperret
       
      It is important to build skill not only to work with willing learners, but learners who push the limits. Effective online learning utilizes effective classroom management practices. (Kathy Perret)
    • carolynasmith
       
      This is something I had not really thought about. How to deal with inappropriate technology use.  I look forward to learning how to deal with these situations.
    • Melissa Wicklund
       
      These situations are a part of my everyday job.  We have an AUP but making sure students, teachers, and staff are following through with these expectations is difficult at times.  Appropriate consequences for the behavior are also important.
  • Provides substantive, timely, and constructive feedback to students
    • kathyperret
       
      Timely feedback is an essential part of online (and face-to-face) learning. (Kathy Perret) 
    • Alex Glade
       
      Providing descriptive, timely feedback is a necessity in any course. Learning is limited without feedback. Relevant feedback promotes more learning from a task and helps to limit misunderstanding of content and/or the expectations of the teacher.
  • and understands how to teach the content to students
    • carolynasmith
       
      The "and" is extremely important here. Both understanding the content and being able to deliver it in a way that is understandable to student is essential for any course.
    • Alex Glade
       
      I believe that this has the biggest impact on student learning. Instructors (whether online, face-to-face, or some other hybrid) must understand effective instructional practices or students will not learn the material. Content knowledge is obviously important, but it does not result in student learning without a solid understanding of best practices in instruction.
  • Identifies and communicates learning outcomes and expectations through a course overview/orientation
    • carolynasmith
       
      So important for students to know what the expectations are for a course.
  • Demonstrates competence in content knowledge (including technological knowledge) appropriate to the instructional position
    • ericalea
       
      This is important in any field, and online teaching and learning is no different. Teachers must be competent in the content they're teaching in order to best serve their students.
  • multiple learning needs
    • ericalea
       
      Teaching online gives us a great opportunity to meet learning needs of many students. 
  • Applies research, knowledge, and skills
    • ericalea
       
      Diigo is a great resource to show students who are working on research as well! 
  • privacy
    • ericalea
       
      Using Diigo as we are now, in a group, is a great time to talk about privacy and positive online interactions with students. 
  • assessment
    • ericalea
       
      Again, online learning in many cases mirrors learning in a classroom; multiple and varied assessments are and have always been best practice.
  • multiple assessment instruments
    • Alex Glade
       
      It is important to include a variety of assessments. I can see how it would be easy to fall into the habit of using a couple of forms of assessments within an online course, but a variety of tools provides a better measure of student learning.
  • s ability to enhanc
    • evanabbey
       
      Sharing the annotation here
  •  
    I shared this annotation because having been a student in online courses since high school, I've found this learning standard is often overlooked. The community aspect is crucial to making everyone feel a part of the learning environment and for keeping students engaged in the learning process. I've had professors/instructors who maintained little online social presence and consequently, I felt disengaged and disjointed from the course. On the other hand, I've had professors/instructors who were deliberate in attaining this learning standard and the end result was much more positive.
Ron Russell

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  • Instructions make clear how to get started and where to find various course components
    • Mary Beth Murrell
       
      It is important that all instructions regarding one task can be found in one place. If we need links, information or skills from prior learning we need to provide links back to that. It can get very overwhelming quickly.
    • Susan Parker
       
      This is a major point for me--I find that I am still a note taker and if the info is scattered, it impedes my learning.
    • Ron Russell
       
      Yes - I am rather "left brained" and my learning style online would want a very sequential presentation, where "what's next" is crystal clear.
  • Information literacy and communication skills are incorporated and taught as an integral part of the curriculum.
    • Susan Parker
       
      Will there come a time in the future that proficiency in using online learning will be expected and that part of the course will not have to include this and instead can get to the "content" of the course offered? I am grateful that I had support--this is just a question for the future.
  • The course architecture (CMS) permits the online teacher to add content, activities and assessments to support the learning objectives of the course.
    • Susan Parker
       
      I am so glad to see this here, but I do wonder how flexible online courses/instructors are--do we see things added/deleted according to the formative assessment of the learners? I do hope so, so I like this point.
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  • The course intentionally emphasizes 21st century skills in the course, including: using 21st century skills in the core subjects, 21st century content, learning and thinking skills, ICT literacy, self-directed learning, global awareness
    • anonymous
       
      This seems fitting.
  • The course provides opportunities for appropriate student interaction with the content to foster mastery and application of the material.
    • anonymous
       
      The eXe tutorial and the Soft Chalk exemplar give me some visuals or ideas about what this might look like.
  • The course structure includes a wide variety of assessment procedures to assess students’ mastery of content
    • Ron Russell
       
      In the OLLIE courses, I look forward to looking at different assessment techniques that will be effective in an online course. In a class like this one (how to develop an online class), assessment is very authentic - we build a course! However, using Moodle to deliver other content will be more challenging in terms of developing meaningful assessment. Teachers taking courses need to be accountable for their learning, but will expect meaningful assessment activities, rather artificial types of assessment that seem like busy work.
  • opportunities for appropriate instructor-student interaction, including timely and frequent feedback about student progress based on the learning targets
    • Ron Russell
       
      I look forward to learning more about this standard during our OLLIE courses. How much direct instructor-student interaction is necessary/appropriate in asynchronous courses? Do best practices dictate that there must be some "face to face" interaction (via Skype or other video chat methods) or would discussions, forums, and e-mail methods only be appropriate?
Jamie Fath

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  • The point of the template is to force a comparison between the two instructional delivery modes, and to make the differences between them explicit to the ID.
    • Deborah Cleveland
       
      I work with a lot of individuals/groups who want to take their f2f training to a online/self-paced lesson/training. I have had a difficult time explaining how content needs to look different online. The comparative lesson plan/template looks like a great way to make these differences explicit to the content experts and help them begin to see how they may need to adjust their content to fit the way in which it is being delievered.
  • lesson planning does not preclude an iterative approach to e-Learning course design.
    • Deborah Cleveland
       
      While lesson planning may take some additional time upfront, does it streamline the time and effort it takes to storyboard and at the same time turn out a higher quality product? Thus, reducing the need to go back and "fix" things?
  • IDP to storyboards requires intermediate steps. What can we do to help close the “e-Instruction gap”? Lesson planning is the answer.
    • Deborah Cleveland
       
      How much overlap should one expect to see between the content in the lesson plan and what goes on the storyboard? As I work on the lesson plan, I can see myself starting to write out the content for the actually storyboard and eventually getting lost in all of the content and loosing sight of the lesson plan.
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    • kelly40
       
      Creating the same lesson for 2 different delivery methods will be so helpful in seeing the difference between what is needed with face to face and online instruction.
  • The comparative lesson plan requires the ID to develop the same lesson for two different delivery methods: instructor-led, face-to-face instruction, and self-paced e-Learning
    • Pam Buysman
       
      While different strategies and techniques are needed for F2F settings and online design, one thing that is the same is the need to plan and develop strong lessons first. 
    • kelly40
       
      How do we model in a way to engage students? When they are watching a "how to" video, they are engaged, but in LA, don't have many of those types of videos...often I am modeling paragraph structure or textual citation which isn't very interesting to many.
  • . Modeling • Learners need to see examples of a product or a process • Instructor may model or learner may model • Needs to be visual and verbal
  • But why choose? Do both. Remember, lesson planning does not preclude an iterative approach to e-Learning course design.
    • kelly40
       
      Doing both will only make the lesson more effective and make it much easier to understand if the end goal/objective is attainable and clear. I really like this comparison model.  
    • Kelly Snyder
       
      I like this as well.  This will definitely help with clear goals and targets for the learners. 
  • Comparative lesson plans help to ensure that self paced e-Learning includes the “voice of the instructor.”
    • Judy Sweetman
       
      I remember learning about the "voice of the instructor" in one of the OLLIE courses. This is important not only in the course content, but also in feedback provided to the students. In all of the OLLIE courses, and also so far in this course, I've learned how important subtle (and perhaps not so subtle) humor is for the online student.
  • Since introducing lesson plans as required deliverables in my e-Learning design courses, I have seen tremendous improvements in the work of my students. Even students who have considerable experience developing e-Learning courses say they benefit from doing both comparative and detailed lesson plans. This has led to many “Aha” moments!
    • Judy Sweetman
       
      This is one of the reasons I am taking this course! The instructional design of my online courses definitely improved after my taking the OLLIE courses, but there is still something missing in my courses. I am hoping that learning how to design lessons in SoftChalk will be the missing piece in my courses, and that my students will benefit from this addition.
  • The graduate students’ learning products are not just mere “page turners,” they are lacking both in interactivity to hold the learner’s interest and to ensure that learning occurs, and in sufficient information to guide the learner through the lesson or course.
    • Judy Sweetman
       
      Even though my students typically indicate that they learn a lot from my courses, I don't feel they are very interactive. Learning how to design lessons for the courses may help with this, as well as providing sufficient information to the learners. I provide websites for students to read that are related to the module concept, but a lesson would really help to gel the resources and the objectives together.
  • “The Design Document: Your Blueprint for e-Learning Standards and Consistency” in the December 5, 2005 issue of Learning Solutions e-Magazine.
    • lauralross
       
      I wonder if the designs features in this dated article are still relevant to instructional design in 2016. 
  • It is important to let IDs know that not every section needs to be used for each lesson. IDs can think of “Modeling” as “show me” and “Guided Practice” as “let me try.” “Independent practice” might be used for a case study that ties together practice for multiple objectives.
    • lauralross
       
      I think this is reassuring that we don't have to cover each method for every lesson. How can each section, when applicable, be truly engaging for the online learner?
    • Deborah Cleveland
       
      I wonder if this goes back to Evan's post about Divergent or Convergent lessons. Depending on your general purpose you might vary which parts of the lesson you would include.
  • Lesson plans require clarity; they make ideas explicit.
    • lauralross
       
      The difficulty in lesson planning for e-learners is dealing with the unknown.  What if one of the technology aspects of the lesson plan is unsuccessful, or instructions aren't clear?  
  • For lesson planning, we assume that IDs can write learning or performance objectives. We assume that IDs know how to assess learning in meaningful ways and at the right cognitive level. And we assume that they know the limitations and possibilities of the course media. Detailed lesson plans are particularly useful for this last point. While we ask IDs to be creative in designing instruction, we also ask that they be cognizant of the appropriate use of media for instruction
    • Pam Buysman
       
      Just like when we are using technology in a F2F class, we need to make sure the technology fits the lesson and is not just used for it's wow factor. Again, always thinking about why and how the technology fits will make it much more effective. 
  • Too often, formal storyboarding does not occur prior to authoring. Instead, IDs use the authoring tools to generate storyboards of their already-developed instruction.
    • Pam Buysman
       
      What happens behind the scenes is often much more important than what we actually see! No matter what format or platform we use, that will probably never change! 
  • hey are lacking both in interactivity to hold the learner’s interest and to ensure that learning occurs, and in sufficient information to guide the learner through the lesson or course
    • khageman2
       
      How do new online instructors ensure that their lessons have clear instructions, engaging content, and meaningful learning outcomes?
  • Lesson planning is also useful for helping facilitators and technical writers transition to instructional design roles.
    • khageman2
       
      Educators transitioning to creators of online content may find great value in using comparative and detailed lesson plans to ensure development of quality course content.
  • Though developing a lesson plan for e-Learning is similar in many ways to developing a lesson plan for instructor-led learning, there are also differences.
    • khageman2
       
      I think it is often difficult for instructors moving from face-to-face to online environments to accurately gauge student understanding and reactions to online instructional strategies, which makes lesson planning a challenge.
  • To demonstrate the effectiveness of integrating lesson planning into the e-Learning design flow, I will work through an example of the documentation for a project. The result will be one lesson for a self-paced WBT course on using basic features of Microsoft Word. The lesson focuses on using the Word Count feature.
    • Evan Abbey
       
      This is a sample comment.
  • Recently, I drew upon my background in elementary education and in special education to devise a way to help novice instructional designers (IDs) progress quickly in their e-Learning design competencies
    • Evan Abbey
       
      Thought goes here
  • Lesson plans are merely templates that can guide the development of good e-Instruction, saving much time and effort by minimizing revisions and misunderstandings."
    • Holly Palmersheim
       
      I am not sure why lessons plans are seen as a negative.  Anyone delivering learning whether to students or professional learning for adults should be engaging in purposeful planning.
    • evanabbey
       
      Good point!
  • "In this article, I will describe [how to use] lesson planning [to help] IDs transition into e-Learning course designers without slowing down the design process. The term 'lesson plan' may sound 'school marm-ish' and academic, but I ask that you reserve judgment until you finish reading this article. Lesson plans are merely templates that can guide the development of good e-Instruction, saving much time and effort by minimizing revisions and misunderstandings."
    • evanabbey
       
      Sample post
  • The “e-Instruction” gap
  • Editor’s Note: Parts of this article may not format well on smartphones and smaller mobile devices. We recommend viewing on larger screens.
    • evanabbey
       
      Sample Thought goes here
  • How would the learner know that?
    • Holly Palmersheim
       
      I am lucky to work with the professionals I do.  They alert me to situations in my online courses that need more direction development and do so in an understanding manner.  I am teaching a course for the 11th time and there will be tweaks made again to try and provide the best experience possible.
    • Denise Krefting
       
      Very true Holly- students and participants are very helpful in vetting content. Whenever I get a "I don't understand..." message I always as them to help me make it better for others. They are often happy to be asked.
  • Our learners want to jump in and take just the training they want and need to perform a task.
    • Holly Palmersheim
       
      This is an area I struggle with.  Trying to gauge the level of the room to provide enough instruction that everyone can preform the tasks without frustration or boredom.
  • Checking for understanding • Has learner acquired knowledge? • Sampling — group response • Signaling — agree, disagree, not sure • Individual response — to instructor — another learner
    • Kelly Snyder
       
      Makes me rethink my own practice after seeing all the examples in the lessons we looked at.  Many had check for understandings along the way.  This is an area that I need to spend more time developing in my lessons.
  • The first lesson section — the Anticipatory Set — for the face-to-face lesson has the instructor displaying a Word memo and asking participants to guess how many words the memo contains.
    • Kelly Snyder
       
      Love using screencasts for anticipatory sets.  Give them a little snip of what you are teaching toward.
  • n the second lesson section — Objectives
    • Kelly Snyder
       
      I need to do a better job at writing clear objectives for the students so that they know what is expected of them in the lesson or module.  This can more easily guide the teaching and learning.
  • Gain attention Inform learner of objectives Stimulate recall of prior learning Present stimulus materials Provide learner guidance Elicit performance Provide feedback Assess performance Enhance retention and transfer
  • http://www.e-learningguru.com/articles/art3_3.htm
    • Kelly Snyder
       
      Link doesn't work.  Wanted to read this as well.
  • instructional designers start the storyboarding process. Designers
    • Denise Krefting
       
      I have tried for what feels like forever to have students storyboard their work. They do not like it and some have even done the work then created the storyboard for grade. When I talk about storyboarding or grap