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Dennis OConnor

Emerging Asynchronous Conversation Models : eLearning Technology - 0 views

  • The standard model for asynchronous conversations is discussion forum software like vBulletin.  I've talked before about the significant value that can be obtained as part of Discussion Forums for Knowledge Sharing at Capital City Bank and how that translates in a Success Formula for Discussion Forums in Financial Services.  I also looked at Making Intranet Discussion Groups Effective.
  • However, I've struggled with the problem of destinations vs. social networks and the spread of conversation (see Forums vs. Social Networks). 
  • Talkwheel  is made to handle real-time group conversations and asynchronous ones.  It can act as an instant messaging service a bit like Yammer, HipChat for companies and other groups, but the layout is designed to make these discussions easier to see, archive, and work asynchronously.
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  • Talkwheel’s design makes class conversations easier to follow, more interactive, and more effectively organized. It eliminates the problem of navigating multithreaded conversations, enables real-time group conversation, and makes referencing asynchronous conversations much easier. Talkwheel’s dashboard organization allows teachers to organize all their classes and projects in one centralized location, while Talkwheel's analytics helps teachers and administrators quantitatively monitor their students’ progress throughout the year.
  • Quora is a Q&A site nicely integrated with Facebook that has done a good job providing a means to ask questions and get answers.
  • Quora has been able to form quite an elite network of VCs, entrepreneurs, and other experts to answer questions.  They've also created topic pages such as: Learning Management System. 
  • Finally, Namesake, is a tool for real-time and asynchronous conversations.  It's a bit like Quora but more focused on conversation as compared to Q&A and it allows real-time conversation a bit like twitter.  You can see an example of a conversation around phones below.
  • All of these point to new types of conversation models that are emerging in tools.
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    Threaded discussion is an old technology. It's inspiring to think of new ways we can talk together at a distance that allow integration of both synchronous and asynchronous technology. I often thing we'll look back on the course management systems we use today and think of them as something like a 300 baud modem. Eyes Front! What's over the horizon line?
Mary Overholtzer

ollie1: Iowa Online Teaching Standards - 0 views

    • Monte DeArmoun
       
      This is where online testing will be a benefit. Students could have immediate feedback on their learning process. Teachers will NEED to create a variety of assessments to keep students interested so they are not bored from taking the same type of test.
    • Deon Wingert
       
      I agree 100% Monte! Students DO want feedback immediately, and I truly believe this would provide for IMMEDIATE feedback, if used effectively.
    • Tim Hadley
       
      Plus.... no papers to carry home!
  • Has experienced online learning from the perspective of a student
    • Monte DeArmoun
       
      If teachers haven't tried the software how can they instruct the students or answer the students' questions? I am enjoying this class!
    • Bob Pauk
       
      This is the fourth online class I have taken and have definately experience online learning. Most has been very good and very easy to follow, but some has been very confusing. I do use aspects with my current classes such as blogging.
    • crjessen44
       
      I feel this is critical. As a teacher, I believe all teachers need to live this experience first hand, in the role of a student. Being a student in an on-line evironment will help me to be a better on-line faciliator. I will be more sympathetic to the stuggles of being on-line learner and hopefully I will be more effective, learning from my experience as a student.
    • david moeller
       
      Yes, going through the process helps us better understand how to use it. And provides us with both resources and examples.
    • anonymous
       
      I am enjoying this class very much. I also believe that we as educators must experience things ourselves so that we can better help our students and understand the struggles that they might encounter.
    • Deborah Ausborn
       
      I definitely concur. It is vital to know the problems frequently encountered and how to trouble shoot them from experience.
    • Kathy Hageman
       
      We gain student trust not only when we can help them solve technological challenges but when we can empathize with them as well.
    • mhauser
       
      This class is a great experience, but sometimes I've wondered if Evan has purposely built some obstacles into the course so that we could experience the kinds of problems that our kids might experience and have that empathy going in. For example, last Sunday night I tried to finish up the first week's work, but couldn't get in to the program. While I found out later that the server was quirky, I didn't know that at the time. I just knew that my work was going to be late, and the kid in me said, "I'm in trouble!" That was a very good experience.
    • Jessica White
       
      Think of all the years that we have spent as students in the "traditional" classroom setting. We have watched teachers and seen so much modeling. Those experiences are still with us as we teach today. Online learning is a new avenue, but we still need to see the modeling from our teachers. It will help us be more successful as teachers.
    • Mary Overholtzer
       
      I have been in trouble with lates since day one....This online experience is NOT anything like I have experienced in the past. The tools out there are phenomenal...and overwhelming.
  • 5. Creates and implements a variety of assessments that meet course learning goals and provide data to improve student progress and course instruction (ITS 5)
    • Monte DeArmoun
       
      This is where online testing will be a benefit. Students could have immediate feedback on their learning process. Teachers will NEED to create a variety of assessments to keep students interested so they are not bored from taking the same type of test.
    • Bob Pauk
       
      I have clickers in my room which does allow for immediate feedback. It can be very useful, but have had pretty significant software problems with the clickers so far.
    • Monte DeArmoun
       
      Is there a particular brand/kind that you use?
    • Tresa Zaragoza
       
      I have clickers, but I am a little weak on using them.
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  • 1. Demonstrates ability to enhance academic performance and support for the agency's student achievement goals (ITS 1)
    • Mary Trent
       
      It is difficult to develop assessment tools that show this kind of learning growth with technology without it being more of a lab setting with a control group. I haven't found anything real practical yet that is reliable.
  • 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 (SREB C.7, Varvel V.H, ITS 4.c)
    • Mary Trent
       
      I think that classroom teachers are still struggling with this. We are improving our teaching styles to meet the needs and different learning styles of students, but we aren't quite there yet. My son, for example, is an auditory learner. I'd like for him to be able to have tests read to him without filling out a 504 or IEP. It should just be something that every classroom is quipped to do and the teacher is willing to do it.
    • Bob Pauk
       
      This is always a challenge. We have done training on this for years.
    • crjessen44
       
      This one grabbed my attention. I'm currently helping two students with special learning needs take an on-line math class for credit recovery. It has been a very frustrating experience for them in multiple capacities. They not only struggle with content, but with technology issues - the two combined are sometimes more than the students can handle. On a positive note, I've seen some really cool things you can do within an on-line class to tailor the instruction to better meet their needs. I think in some respects you could perhaps more easily tailor on-line learning to meet the needs of a more diverse set of learners?
    • Ashley Weaver
       
      I think these online learning tools, if used properly, can help all students, but especially thoses with special needs (including TAG, ELL, etc.). I think the ability to move at their own pace would help some greatly!
    • rcordes1961
       
      Ashely took my comments! She is dead on though. Online learning tools can be an amazing assest to students with special needs, if used appropriately. In Mary's example, podcasting or some other type of online audio program could be used to assist auditory learners.
    • Cassie Gruman
       
      I am a huge fan of Howard Gardner's multiple intelligence model. As I have been searching through the "Cool Tools for School" website, I am constantly thinking of ways I could apply these newly discovered tools to my curriculum to reach all of the eight intelligences to some degree. I really think it will be vital to offer more options in an on-line course, since the face-to-face interaction will be less, perhaps making it more difficult to get to know students and their unique personalities.
    • Bob Pauk
       
      I think one way to address this is to do a hybrid course with some online aspects and other face to face. I think anytime we can have variety in our assignments, presentations and assessments, we are more likely to reach a greater number of students with at least some part of our class.
    • Shirley Horstman
       
      I like the hybrid concept. Our students are diverse in the way they learn and this allows each student to maximize and individual their learning.
    • Mary Overholtzer
       
      Again, moderation in all things is key for learning and building relationships.
  • • Provides and communicates evidence of learning and course data to students and colleagues (SREB J.6, ITS 1.a
    • rcordes1961
       
      Providing feedback to students in any type of course is extremely important in order for students to continue to progress. When not meeting face to face with the instructor communication and course feedback is imperative.
    • Deon Wingert
       
      Rob, I think that feedback, when given constructively to students prior to any type of evaluation, can be one of the most effective teaching tools a teacher can use!
    • Ashley Weaver
       
      I think the use of technology will enhance feedback opportunities. I also think that the peer feedback opportunities could be a very enriching experience for students, in addition to teach feedback.
    • anonymous
       
      I struggle with feedback within my language arts classroom when it comes to writing assignments. By the time I get them all graded and handed back, the kids look at their grade and many recycle them on their way out. Did they really benefit from all the time I spent making comments and giving them feedback?
    • Nancy Peterman
       
      I think that supplementing our face-to-face classrooms with online environments (ex. Moodle) will enrich the student experience and provide the teacher with a quicker response method.
    • rcordes1961
       
      Sherri, I wonder if students would take more time reading feedback if the feedback was on some form of online feedback. I agree many times students are just interested only in the grade as oposed to how to improve or what they can learn from the feedback. I said many times, nothing gets in the way of learning more, than the almighty grade!
    • Mary Overholtzer
       
      I model feedback after the Boy's town Model. Constructive feedback starts with a powerful statement of praise AND supporting details. We also have a consideration statement...NO buts...for example: I truly appreciate the aesthetic details that your writing creates within my mind due to your word choice and the emotions created. You might consider looking at us more by becomeing more familiar with your writing so that eye contact is given to your audience. I have found that many students appreciate oral feedback and most look forward to it. Naturally, I always end the feedback session after the students go. What's really neat is when students have done such a good job with feedback that it's difficult for me to add more...
    • Mary Overholtzer
       
      Once again, it's the relationship piece that is needed within the feedback piece. I believe we need to show students improvement through building the relationship.
  • • Demonstrates growth in technology knowledge and skills in order to stay current with emerging technologies (SREB B.5)
    • Deon Wingert
       
      I am TRYING to stay current with technologies provided by our staff development, and believe it is critical to stay one step ahead of students.
    • anonymous
       
      I also am trying to stay current with new forms of technology. My biggest roadblock though is not knowing what is out there. That's why I was so excited to see the Cool Tools for Schools site. It was a valuable resource that I can browse through to find out what is currently being used technology-wise.
    • Amy Burns
       
      I am constantly hunting for new tools to use. I am sometimes frustrated by sites that lure me in and then, just as I am feeling comfortable using their tools, suddenly want to charge me. Back to searching......
    • rcordes1961
       
      Staying current with new technolgy is vitally important, however, I respectfully disagree with Deon that teaches need to stay ahead of the students, as students can sometimes be the best teachers for adults.
    • mhauser
       
      I agree with rcordes, sorry Deon! We can't keep ahead we have to guide. I took the human relations course 30 years ago, and remember hearing for the first time that teachers would become 'facilitators'. I thought that was a crazy idea back then, but boy, that has to be who we are. It's great when the kids solve a problem before me, for them and for me.
    • Chip Bishop
       
      Staying current on technology is an never ending struggle. You can't keep up with all of it, but by focusing on a few things that work for you can make it less stressful.
    • Victoria Guilliatt
       
      I agree with not knowing what is out there, especially since I am not in the classroom anymore, it is hard to find sites that are easy to navigate.
  • • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face (SREB C.1, Varvel V)
    • Tim Hughes
       
      This could be difficult for an animated personality, where actions speak as loud as words.
    • anonymous
       
      I can definitely see the benefits to teaching online, but it would be a sad foreign language class if all of the material was taught this way. There has to be social, face-to-face interactions. That's where fluency can be built.
    • anonymous
       
      I totally agree. I keep trying to add more technology to my classes all the time, but I really try to caution myself to add it because it is an improvement and not just simply adding technology.
    • Tim Hadley
       
      This standard seems very vague to me. How do you determine if the instructor knows the difference between face to face and online learning? I guess I am still sorting out and determining that myself what the difference is, so may be why it is difficult for me to discern.
    • Mary Overholtzer
       
      It's the relationship variable.....do we care enough to reach out?
  • • Provides and communicates evidence of learning and course data to students and colleagues (SREB J.6, ITS 1.a)
  • 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.) (SREB B.3, Varvel III.B)
    • Bob Pauk
       
      I currently use numreous programs: from powerpoint and gradebook to email, smartboard, blogging, etc. In four weeks I will either be much more technologically advanced or I will be ready to give up.
    • Tim Hughes
       
      I must agree. It is starting to get out of hand
    • Deborah Ausborn
       
      Yes, I know, but I'm willing to give it a good shot. If I fail, I fail, but I think I'll learn something useful. I guess "Nothing ventured, nothing gained" applies here very well.
    • Steven Petersen
       
      This standard will have to be updated a lot. Technology seems to change very frequently. What is advanced today may very well be obsolete tomorrow. More importantly, the variety of technology out there makes this a nightmare. You might be in one district that utilizes one type of application then go to another district that uses a totally different platform for the same task.
    • Mary Overholtzer
       
      I'm with you all on this. It's called information overload. Moderation in all things is GOOD. Too much drink, we know what it does. Too much food, we know what that does. Too much technology, oh nooooo what could that do. Moderation in all things will bring a balance
  • Selects and uses technologies appropriate to the content that enhance learning
    • Ashley Weaver
       
      I definitely need to work on this standard. Everything seems so new and unfamiliar. I hope I can learn through this course which tools are appropriate for my students and curriculum.
    • rcordes1961
       
      Ashley, it is very difficult to determine what strategy or technology is best to use when, especially, when there are so many different options out there for an instructor to use online. I guess we just need to keep an open mind and adjust accordingly because new technology is always being developed.
    • Laura Eklund
       
      This is also something I need to work on. There are so many online tools that are available to use, but I feel overwhelmed by the number available to us.
    • Joleen Louwsma
       
      I am currently using Moodle for several of my classes. I don't use the "tools" to make my classes more engaging. My goal is to use the Moodle as more than a homework repository. I think we all have good intentions on adding technology , but we get bogged down in the routines. This class is a great way to explore new "tools". :)
    • Jeffrey Haverland
       
      Technology is such a difficult thing because it is ever changing, and it seems that by the time we get it loaded on our machines, life has moved on without us. The other issue is the amount of tools that are available for use because time to explore is rather limited.
    • David Olson
       
      I have not yet figured out what technology is fun, and what technology is actually useful in teaching.
    • Melissa Hesner
       
      I believe a lot of teachers (myself included) are stuck in using technology as an add-on to learning. For example, my 6th grade students are currently creating Google presentations about extraterrestrial locations. The presentations are very nice and the practice of making and presenting them will help communication skills, but the creation of the presentation itself will not enhance their learning of the science content. I have simply integrated a different media for presentation. We need to use technology in pedagogy not a superficial add-on.
  • Sets and models clear expectations for appropriate behavior and proper interaction
    • Ashley Weaver
       
      Critical piece when working with young adults in this media age!
    • Chip Bishop
       
      I would agree, and add that teachers also, to be reminded of what is appropriate. You see all too often where a teacher is being accused of inappropriate behavior while use social media sites.
  • ensure academic integrity
    • Ashley Weaver
       
      It is so important to teach them media literacy. I know this is a fear that my fellow teachers have about moving to online learning, but academic integrity should be part of the curriculum!
    • Shirley Horstman
       
      Academic integrity is necessary when learning online! One also needs to teach students how to filter through all the information to find the accurate sources.
    • mhauser
       
      Academic integrity has been an issue long before the development of the internet. I started out as an English teacher and have several tales of the plagiarized or bogus research paper. I moved to the role of teacher librarian in '95 as the internet surged into our lives. what an interesting dynamic it is, but the issues go back to basic human ideas of right and wrong. I very much appreciate that the teaching standards, the core and the 21st Century Skills all address this fundamental issue of working with people.
  • Demonstrates techniques for dealing with issues arising from inappropriate student technological use
    • david moeller
       
      this can be difficult. but it seems that there are tools in place in our LMS's to choose to moderate what students are posting, and disallow any inappropriate comments. or at least delete them shortly after their initial posting. email alerts make this easier.
    • Matt Tracy
       
      Isn't it amazing just how little the students understand about what is appropriate and inappropriate online?
    • April Tidwell
       
      I am constantly amazed at what a student thinks is appropriate as well. Most of our teachers are concerned about going 1:1 becasue of this reason.
  • Demonstrates competence in content knowledge (including technological knowledge) appropriate to the instructional position
  • Assists students with technology used in the course
    • Laura Eklund
       
      With my experience so far in teaching it seems that the students will be assisting me with the technology. My students seem much more knowledgeable than me.
    • Deborah Ausborn
       
      I think they have more time to just explore than we do. What I dislike most about exploring technology is the amount of time it takes.
    • hollysoby
       
      I've noticed how many basic things kids don't know about technology, though. Like the one I notice the most is they do not know how to use Google - if they are looking for answers to questions, they post the full question. While I think there are a lot of things they are better at than we are, we still need to stay on top of the technology that matters most to us so they can learn the best ways to use things.
  • Understands student motivation and uses techniques to engage students (Varvel V.D, ITS 4.d)
    • Julia Schreckengast
       
      Engaging students is a constant struggle for me in my mathematics classes. Any appropriate technology to assist in that would be helpful.
    • Joleen Louwsma
       
      I also struggle with engaging students in the Language Arts classroom. Getting students to try new things isn't always easy, but I think they get bored with some technology. Finding and perfecting different technoloical ideas may help students to stay engaged.
    • Kathryn Christensen
       
      I also think students get bored with technology tools. The key question is...are you use the correct technology tool? Our students (or at least most of the class) will get bored if there is fluke during the lesson and will notice if the tool doesn't fit the lesson well.
    • Jeffrey Haverland
       
      Student motivation is a concern for me when considering online learning. There is something about a living, breathing, and physically accessible educator that brings me peace of mind.
    • Lynne Devaney
       
      My challenge is to translate what some of these tools do in relation to what I traditionally do with a group of students. If I think through the tool plus the strategies I use in class...what new products could be developed? Kind of boggles the mind.
    • Boyd Card
       
      Engaging students is a little work at times. Students have developed so many skills with portable technolgoy they carry with them,the first challenge is to get them present then get them to engage??
  • Demonstrates effective instructional strategies and techniques, appropriate for online education, that align with course objectives and assessment (SREB
    • Julia Schreckengast
       
      Using online instruction for a high school class requires an appropriate balance between the online and the in class instruction.
    • Lynne Devaney
       
      Finding that balance may be challenge. I have not thought deeply about some of the strategies we use in the district butI believe online might be interesting to use with AIW...both teachers and as we move to students reflecting on their work.
  • informs student of their rights to privacy and the conditions under which their work may be shared with others
    • Matt Tracy
       
      I wish the students were aware that privacy was okay and they don't have to share everything. This is a huge issue with the technology now available.
  • Maintains an online social presence that is a
    • Joleen Louwsma
       
      I'm wondering about building the relationship and discussions with online students. I build on student questions and anwers. How does the time delay affect the social aspect? How will I know if the students feel I'm approachable or unapproachable?
    • Kathryn Christensen
       
      I have been wondering the same thing but...our instructor has managed to gain my trust and is approchable. He has done this through timely and honest emails. Thanks Evan!!
    • Cassie Gruman
       
      I agree that Evan does seem very approachable and has provided helpful and timely feedback, but I too wonder how this is possible. I guess it still seems a bit overwhelming when I am not overly familiar with Moodle. Perhaps the best thing to do is have an initial activity like we had for this course where students introduce themselves in a creative manner and respond to others' introductions as well; it serves as an icebreaker.
    • Steven Petersen
       
      Contractually this one bothers me. It would almost appear that teachers will be required to work outside the contract time on a regular basis. This may lead to some legal issues.
  •  Demonstrates effective instructional strategies and techniques, appropriate for online education, that align with course objectives and assessment (SREB C.1, SREB G.6, Varvel V.C, ITS 3.d, ITS 4.b)
  • Communicates with students effectively and consistently
    • Kathryn Christensen
       
      Time consuming???? Any ideas on how to handle this with out being on consant email surveillance?
    • mhauser
       
      I've used e-mail and a blog to communicate with sophomore world history students for several years. E-mail is actually pretty fast. It's a great way for kids to ask for help. I think it's easier for the student to get my attention that way, because they're not competing for my attention, and they're not embarrassed about the help they're asking for. I respond to their blog posts privately. They receive my comments in both an e-mail and in a reply on the blog. I think your question about constant surveillance is a good one. It's easy to respond quickly to e-mail questions, but I've found that I need to establish a time to respond to their blog entries. Depending on the class, you would have to determine how often and when you'd respond. Otherwise you'd be constantly distracted.
    • Deb Ritchie
       
      An organized approach to responding has been an issue for me this year. I'm likeing the model Evan is using in this course with specific days we can expect assignments to be graded and specific times he will be checking e-mail, etc. I think I will borrow from that idea. Of course, the burden is eased when we are also seeing students fact to face and not just online.
  • encourages collaboration
    • Kathryn Christensen
       
      Great to see so many tools for problem solving with a partner (no matter what you teach)!
    • Amy Kemp
       
      I agree.  I feel it is very important to have that learning community to allow the students to collaborate.  Let's face it, the less we say, the more they learn!
  • including student-teacher, student-student, and student-content
    • Cassie Gruman
       
      With teaching middle school social studies, I am constantly changing up the dynamic of my classroom. Students work individually, in pairs, in small groups, as a whole class, individually conference with me, deliver individual and group presentation, etc. I think changing the arrangement helps middle school students to refocus and stay interested in the material. At first I though this would be difficult to accomplish online; however, I am now realizing that there are many different ways to interact through a wide array of tools.
  • including rubrics for student performances and participation
    • Cassie Gruman
       
      My students are always wanting to know what they are going to be graded on and how they can earn an A. Originally I thought creating a rubric would be a stressful task, but now I have found that rubrics make grading much easier. Also, the feedback provided on the rubric is more beneficial and detailed for students. I also have found that students are more productive and focused on work days, as they know my expectations ahead of time, and they know exactly what they need to do to earn the grade they desire. Certainly with online learning, a rubric would be a key communication tool in guiding students when the instructor might not be readily available to answer questions.
  • Utilizes a course evaluation and student feedback data to improve the course
    • Cassie Gruman
       
      My first year of teaching I had both a self-evaluation for students and a course evaluation to gain an understanding of how students felt the year had gone. I have not done this since, probably because I use several formative assessment strategies throughout each unit to gauge student understanding. I definitely think a course and/or instructor evaluation would be essential in an online learning environment, especially for those of us just starting out, so we can use students' suggestions to better improve our instruction.
    • Nancy Peterman
       
      I am in agreement with you about the need for course and instructor evaluations, but I think a lot of times it gets overlooked or dropped.
    • Kathy Hageman
       
      The most effective course evaluation is frequent and ongoing. Feedback from students is more specific right after an activity or unit than at the end of the school year. Perhaps a course evaluation could be divided into sections to be completed at appropriate times throughout the year.
    • Boyd Card
       
      Having just finished teaching a college class I am awaiting the the student feedback the college requires the students to fill out under the supervison of another person. It will be informative to read what they belive my teaching had done for them.
    • April Tidwell
       
      I use survey monkey for my evaluations. I do it by quarters. It's great because it is free, and it complies the data for you. I get a lot of good information from these surveys and would definitely continue to do this with an online course.
    • Mary Overholtzer
       
      I appreciate data. I appreciate the time needed to look at the data. Until we are able to become more reflective practitioners during the school year, looking at data won't necessarily happen. I know how much time I take to look at data. I am not harried during the summer. When professional development allows for time to be reflective in our teaching, I do think greater results will happen.
    • Mary Overholtzer
       
      As much data as we have at our finger tips, I feel the variable that consistently comes through is the relationship piece. Teaching over the ICN is different than teaching in a face to face. As an instructor of a college level class, my evaluations have always suffered when comparing the face to face students with the students who are at another site. They really don't have any idea what I am like during the natural coffee breaks because of that relationship piece that is lacking. Having a face to face relationship is different than having an online relationship, yet I do believe it's easier to build in person. Many contacts via email doesn't necessarily build it, yet quick responses in email can help....but being that 24/7 teacher is really hard as we juggle our own lives.
  • 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)
    • Jeffrey Haverland
       
      This is really a critical piece because even thought the course is online, it better be high quality educators who are delivering it through the lens of sound educational practices. One of my biggest fears is online learning opening up a venue for for anyone who thinks they would be better at teaching than trained educators.
    • Boyd Card
       
      As a vocational instructor it is imperative to know your content and be prepared to present it in a manor that not only tranfers the knowledge to the student but in a way that it is retained- (safety)
    • Melissa Hesner
       
      Well said, Jeffrey! I believe it takes cream of the crop teachers who have deep understanding of teaching and learning to teach online. It is hard for some to make learning activities meaningful and rigorous in a face-to-face setting, and to do so in an online setting would be even harder, especially when considering effective instruction for the content area.
  • • 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)
    • Jeffrey Haverland
       
      This really goes along with what I wrote above. Not only do online instructors need to understand teaching and learning, they also need to have the background to teach that course. We can all be "experts" at things we know nothing about--Wikipedia is a great example of this, but the ability to "impart" this knowledge on others needs to be controlled.
    • Steven Petersen
       
      This one has troubled me lately. When I began teaching at the post-secondary level there was a certification required. Now you only have to have enough credits in the topic area to teach it. There is no certification required. This does not insure that the person teaching the course actually knows how to teach.
    • Jessica White
       
      I had a professor in college tell me that intelligence is one thing that separates great teachers from good teachers. I have never forgotten this, and I see it over and over. Teachers need to know the content, but also need to know how to teach. You can't have one without the other.
  • Knows and aligns instruction to the achievement goals
    • Shirley Horstman
       
      To maximize knowledge the subject area content must be aligned to the goals. Assessment must also be aligned!
  • Understands and uses data from assessments to guide instruction
  • Provides substantive, timely, and constructive feedback to students
    • Deborah Ausborn
       
      I have found that timely feedback is vital for student learning. It avoids future similar mistakes and when not provided, can lead to feelings of failure on the student's part. Timely feedback can nip most problems in the bud.
    • Boyd Card
       
      Timely feed back is very important. It allows students to grow with direction.
  • Creates a safe environment, managing conflict (Varvel VII.D, ITS 6.e)
    • Lynne Devaney
       
      While I do not have any experience of any kind in the online teaching world, Evan may know, what does conflict look like between students in the online world?
  • 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
    • Kathy Hageman
       
      I have taken "online courses" for graduate credit in which the structure of the course was nothing more than a list of assignments to complete outside the Moodle and snail mail to the instructor. Those poor examples certainly helped me understand the importance of the structure and presentation of online courses!
    • Boyd Card
       
      I would have to say I had the same experience a long time ago with a computer class I took on line. From what I am experiencing so far this will not be that type of course. We will be experiencing may stuyles and types of learning! : )
    • hollysoby
       
      I'm really excited about the blended learning idea - I'm already thinking of how I can really change how I teach publications - I have some students who have had a pre-req writing class, some who haven't, some who are brand new, other with experience, and I think I can use online learning to offer more ways to make sure all those groups are learning and being challenged.
  • Promotes learning through online collaboration group work that is goal-oriented and focused
    • Kathy Hageman
       
      Well-designed online collaborative learning activities, which provide a greater opportunity for a student to work at his or her own pace, may be less threatening and result in greater participation than in-class group work.
    • Heather Gould
       
      I agree, however, it's an adjustment for students. I do feel the collaborative element is essential regardless of the modality of the learning. I work with middle school students through our AEA 267 National Day on Writing project. It's been interesting to watch some students flourish with collaboration at a distance, while others struggle working with people they can't 'see'.
  • appropriate for online learning
    • Bev Berns
       
      What would be examples of 'multiple assessment instruments here? Does this refer to typical rubrics?
    • Deb Ritchie
       
      Hmmm. Using moodle there could be an on-line multiple choice test, a blog entry, and insightful forum posts. Would those be multiple assessment instruments?
  • instruments
    • Tresa Zaragoza
       
      Not everyone learns the same so this is a very important part of any teaching.
  • Aligns assessment with course objectives
  • Continuously uses data to evaluate the accuracy and effectiveness of instructional strategies
    • April Tidwell
       
      This is a BIG push in our district. They have spent a lot of time and money in data collection, and now the push is to get teachers to actually use the data to drive in struction
    • Mary Overholtzer
       
      I find using the data is the hardest component. We have so much data within our district, yet the time variable is needed in order to make change concerning this data.
  • interaction
    • April Tidwell
       
      I'm amazed how kids seems to interact more on line then they will in class. I hosted a chat during a class period and kids that never raise their hand in class were contributing and even leading the discussion. I thing online learning helps this generation connect in a learning community.
  • age and ability level
    • Heather Gould
       
      In the research I've read about age and ability level, I was surprised to learn that an instructor cannot assume that the young are tech savvy and older participants will struggle with technology. There is no research to support this, as sometimes just the opposite is the case.
  • Provides opportunities that enable student self-assessment and pre-assessment within courses
  • Identifies and communicates learning outcomes and expectations through a course overview/orientation
    • hollysoby
       
      I'm hoping I can use online learning to make standards and expectations clear to students upfront - currently I give them packets every unit with the plan nad assignments for that unit, and I'm hoping Moodle makes that process easier, more clear and less dead tree intensive.
    • Tim Hadley
       
      You should have chosen green as your highlighter color. :) Saving trees is great for all. Beyond saving trees, I think having something that students can always access anywhere is great. Whether they are at a friend's house, on the bus or at grandma's in another state, items posted online can be found. I think it elimnates some of the excuse that "I didn't know what was due."
  • multiple assessment
  • Selects and understands how to evaluate learning materials and resources that align with the context and enhance learning (SREB C.15, SREB M.4, Varvel IV.C, ITS 3.e, ITS 4.f)
    • Amy Kemp
       
      In Math, choosing the appropriate resource is critical as it is in any course.
    • Jason Gomez
       
      This is going to be hard; knowing how to grade it? I hope there is a rubric that is easy to follow.
  • Understands and uses course content that complies with intellectual property rights and fair use, and assists students in complying as well
    • Tim Hadley
       
      If I struggle with any area, it is probably making sure that what I am using is not a violation of this standard. I suppose I grew up in a family that shared everything, so when it comes to the property rights of others, I share and share alike.
    • Mary Overholtzer
       
      I have taught that explaining it at the kindergarten level can enhance a student's ability to work the material in a manner that becomes his/her idea. It's really hard to plagarize when it's written in kindergarten terms.
  • Networks with others involved in online education for the purpose of professional growth (SREB L.1, ITS 7.b)
  • Applies research, knowledge, and skills from professional growth to improve practice
    • Victoria Guilliatt
       
      I want to be able to use the new information I learn in the this class and apply it to my library classes that I teach in the elementary.
    • Victoria Guilliatt
       
      I plan to use the knowledge I gain from this class with my students.
  •  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.) (SREB B.3, Varvel III.B)
  • Demonstrates competence in planning, designing, and incorporating instructional strategies (ITS 3)
    • Jason Gomez
       
      This could take a while for me; I'm still learning how to do this stuff let a lone plan, design, & incorporate. I can already see there will be a lot of trial & error this coming year
  • Iowa Core
    • Mary Overholtzer
       
      There is so much to learn about the Iowa Core. I'm so glad there is a great deal of exposure within this class.
  • multiple intelligences
  • constructivism, behaviorism, cognitivism, connectivism, and group theory
    • Mary Overholtzer
       
      All these theories will bring a better understanding to educators when it is worked into our vocabulary.
  • community
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Erin Strasil Larson

ollie1: Iowa Online Teaching Standards - 0 views

  • Assists students with technology used in the course
    • Mary Beth Murrell
       
      As math teachers we need to be able to use technology as a tool to deepen understanding. It's about the math, not about the button pressing.
    • Susan Parker
       
      I keep thinking about the technology that has been prevalent for math for many years: graphing calculators--some do not understand the power of those since they are not significant in other disciplines.
  • Provides and communicates evidence of learning
    • Mary Beth Murrell
       
      This addresses our state work with Formative Assessment & Margaret Heritage. "Unpacking evidence of student learning" is an area we need much growth.
    • Susan Parker
       
      Good perspective--I just am nervous about how I will be able to effectively do this online--guess I will find out.
  • understands how to teach the content to students
    • Susan Parker
       
      I think that this piece is sometimes lacking in educators--will technology be the complete way to work in mathematics education?
    • Mary Beth Murrell
       
      I agree. We all still have a long way to go in building content knowledge & pedagogical content knowledge
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  • best enhance student learning,
    • Susan Parker
       
      I want us all to really question this when designing a course: should it be complete moodle, or blended?
    • Cindy Menendez
       
      Yes, I think all things in moderation might be a good mantra. Any time we are "totally" something, it can be too extreme. :-)
    • Carissa Otto
       
      I believe this is essential in all areas of teaching - to design the structure of the class. This is essential in all courses as there should be a sequence/structure that flows utilizing the tools needed to "teach" the content. It is our roadmap to what our outcome is.
    • Erin Strasil Larson
       
      I think it is often helpful to take a "hybrid" course, as least if it is one's first online course experience...that way, you can get face-to-face assistance with learning all the online components, as it can be overwhelming!
  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face
    • Susan Parker
       
      Will we use online to its best ability and know if teaching face to face is a better/worse method and do what is better for the learner?
  • 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
    • Susan Parker
       
      My question is how flexible will we be when we design a course for online? Can we use formative assessment to make changes in instruction as easily as face to face--
    • Carissa Otto
       
      Tailoring instruction is very essential for learning, as I work with preschool teachers to do this, they struggle and they see their students day to day F2F. Where I wonder if it is harder or not to do this in an online class. thoughts? This is an essential component needed in every class.
    • Marjorie Nash
       
      It is imperative for teachers to understand the tools that are available to meet the diverse needs of all students. Many teachers would use more tools, in my opinion, if they were aware of them and had help learning how and when to use them.
    • Anne Michel
       
      Many of these new tools will help meet diverse learning needs.
    • Cindy Menendez
       
      I think these are key words! So often technology in education to add "bling" to our lesson or presentation. It doesn't necessarily improve learning or teaching. This is a reminder to keep our eye on the ball, so to speak.
  • appropriate behavior and proper interaction
    • Carissa Otto
       
      Appropriate behavior is very important and teaching appropriate expectations.....through your class
    • Carissa Otto
       
      This was a test
    • C Richardson
       
      How different can it be from F2F? I'm wondering...
  • unit/lesson overviews and reviews, using patterns in lesson sequencing, and using appropriate visual web design techniques
  • course and the presentation of the content
    • Carissa Otto
       
      I believe this is essential in all areas of teaching - to design the structure of the class. This is essential in all courses as there should be a sequence/structure that flows utilizing the tools needed to "teach" the content. It is our roadmap to what our outcome is.
  • student motivation
    • Carissa Otto
       
      If in college, my online courses were as effective as this one, I would have been more engaged. This class motivates me to want to do more and learn more. I feel motivation is key int having an engaged class.
  • course evaluation and student feedback data to improve the course
    • Erin Strasil Larson
       
      I think it's essential to consider student feedback so we can keep improving our online courses...sometimes, feedback is gathered but not looked at or not used to make changes, so this will be important to provide the optimal online learning environment
  • synchronous/asynchronous
  • including course management software (CMS) and
    • Erin Strasil Larson
       
      I am excited about the possibilities of both synchronous and asynchronous communication tools...there may be times when synchronous learning would be most beneficial (having students view the same instruction or community learning at the same time), but how convenient would it be if everyone did not have to be in the same location?? They could view or join in the conversation from anywhere they have a computer! And I love the asynchronous tool possibilities, as in today's age, we can reach so many more learners when they can do the learning at their own convenience and whatever time works best for them! Love the possibilities both of these types of communication tools offer!!!
  • Provides substantive, timely, and constructive feedback to students (
    • anonymous
       
      I can see it would be very useful to devise a way for the student to know before a deadline if the attempt to find the correct document, highlight it, and leave a comment (for example) was successful.
    • anonymous
       
      Because the learner has more control over time management in online learning, but less control over record keeping and receipt of "assignments."
    • C Richardson
       
      This matches Iowa Teaching Standard 5e - e. Provides substantive, timely, and constructive feedback to students and parents.
  • Maintains an online social presence that is available, approachable, positive, interactive, and sincere (S
    • anonymous
       
      Face to face or online -- this is always essential!
  • Has experienced online learning from the perspective of a student (SREB F.1, Varvel II.E) • Net
    • Marjorie Nash
       
      As a former teacher, I always treid to remember how it felt to be a student learning new information. That perspective changed the way I approached teaching.
    • C Richardson
       
      I attended an Ethics presentation Friday and there is so much that educators need to know about dealing with students. Where can we find more about these 'techniques?'
  • ethical conduct as defined by state law and local policies or procedures
    • C Richardson
       
      Chapters 25 & 26 Iowa Code of Conduct & Ethics http://www.state.ia.us/boee/doc/ethHndot.pdf I did a search on this document and it's interesting the word 'technology' is not included. It could be implied in many criteria.
  • Creates a learning community that encourages collaboration and interaction, including student-teacher, student-student, and student-content
    • David Henry
       
      For me, this is very immportant since class members are unlikely to be in the same room together to learn.
  • Demonstrates growth in technology knowledge and skills in order to stay current with emerging technologies
    • David Henry
       
      How difficult it is to keep up as a middle aged learner. It is much easier and comfortable to stick what I already know!
  • uses techniques to engage students
    • Ron Russell
       
      Using techniques to engage adult learners will be critical for a successful online class. I think that this will require use of a variety of tools, including those that involved audio and video components. Even "content rich" online courses would have difficulty engaging the learner if they only involved reading, web lessons, powerpoints, etc. (without some sort of screencasting, video or audio).
    • Erin Strasil Larson
       
      I agree...videos and audio components make online learning way more meaningful and enjoyable!
  • aligns instruction to the achievement goals of the local agency and the state, such as with the Iowa Core
    • Ron Russell
       
      This standard reminds us that aside from providing an engaging, motivating course via techology, educators need to sure that their offerings align with district/student needs. We want to design courses that will impact student learning and achievement.
  • Creates or selects multiple assessment instruments that are appropriate for online learning
    • Anne Michel
       
      Early childhood is practicing collecting multiple assesments.
dsnydersvjags

ol101-f2020: Iowa Online Teaching Standards - 1 views

  • Knows the content of the subject
    • Janet Wills
       
      I like to keep in mind that content is king- any technology used has to be useful to help students understand the content or learn skills
    • erinlullmann
       
      This is definitely something that has been on my mind throughout remote learning and as my school moves toward 1:1 devices. We can't simply use technology for the sake of using technology. How can the technology enrich the learning of the content?
  • Demonstrates competence in planning, designing, and incorporating instructional strategie
    • Janet Wills
       
      need to have a knowledge of tools available and a way to curate them
  • Networks with others involved in online education for the purpose of professional growth
    • Janet Wills
       
      important to know who in your district you can bounce ideas off of and be able to help colleagues
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  • appropriate for online education
    • arbonneannie1
       
      This goes hand in hand with a few others; however, I felt it was noteworthy as a reminder that online instruction is different from face-to-face instruction and effective practices will likely look different in each place. Make sure to plan with that purpose in mind.
    • erinlullmann
       
      I completely agree! This is where I think many teachers are struggling right now with remote teaching - we are trying to do what we do in the face-to-face classroom and transfer it to online. This is not necessarily the fault of the teacher as we haven't been trained on quality online instruction. This is my goal for the current school year - to develop a PD plan for our teachers on how to instruct online.
    • travisnuss
       
      I've been trying to create a blending learning environment this year that both my students who are "hybrid" and face to face can utilize. I think if I was creating curriculum as well as a separate online course, I'm looking at burning out pretty fast. I've already noticed the amount of extra time it is taking to get my five different preps to be appropriate for both.
  • including rubrics for student performances and participation
    • arbonneannie1
       
      Communication is key in any learning environment; however, it seems to have a larger role in the online world. I appreciate the reminder of including rubrics as they serve as a great communication tool on expectations and assessment.
  • Tailors instruction to meet the different needs of students
    • arbonneannie1
       
      This is an area I need to continue to learn more about. It seems that the online environment lends itself well to differentiation.
    • erinlullmann
       
      This is an area that also presents challenges in my mind. What does that differentiation look like for online environments?
  • Creates a learning community that encourages collaboration
    • arbonneannie1
       
      This is one of many reasons why I enrolled in the 101 course. Collaboration looks different in the online classroom and I want to continue to develop tools to provide the optimum collaborative environment.
  • Utilizes a course evaluation and student feedback data to improve the course
    • erinlullmann
       
      This is something that is not included in the Iowa Teaching Standards. I like the idea of this, but I think as the teacher of the course it can be a little scary to ask students for their feedback. It should be a part of every course both face to face as well as online after students are at an age in which they can effectively offer feedback. I think there are ways that questions can be asked to get quality feedback instead of just "I didn't like this course." I also appreciate that the emphasis of this standard is on improving the course based on the feedback. The continuous process of improvement is so important for all teachers.
  • Proposed Online Teaching Standards
    • erinlullmann
       
      My professional learning goal for the current school year is to create a professional development plan for our elementary teachers as we begin to implement 1:1 devices. I think it would be important / helpful for me to incorporate these standards while I create the plan.
  • Communicates with students effectively and consistently
    • travisnuss
       
      This is one I am struggling with right now with my hybrid students. Unless they communicate with me on the days they aren't in school, I haven't done the best reaching out those students to see what their needs are. Fortunately, the days they are in class, I do try and touch base with them to see where they are at, if they need help and if they can get that help during the day while they are in school.
  • Aligns assessment with course objectives
    • brippentrop-nuss
       
      Key in any assessments. Important to include formative assessments to make sure students are on track to meet course objectives
  • Has experienced online learning from the perspective of a student
    • brippentrop-nuss
       
      Although helpful to understand some of what the students are experiencing. It could be a struggle if you are a frequent online student and are "use" to the structure on online course it's easy to forget what it feels like to be a new online learner. Also, adults sometimes learn different than students.
  • student feedback data to improve the course (Varvel VI.F)
    • cjd203
       
      I think that using feedback is a great tool to get a feel for how students feel about a course. what kinds of things could be added or removed to improve the overall experience for the learner.
  • student feedback data to improve the course (Varvel VI.F)
  • synchronous/asynchronous
    • cjd203
       
      The use of synchronous and asynchronous instruction in online teaching, jumped out at me. It has been an area of focus and discussion in some of the other B/F classes I have enrolled in. I wasn't aware of the difference between the two models before taking such classes.
  • ailors instruction to meet the different needs of students, including different learning styles,
    • cjd203
       
      I think the concept of differentiation is well understood by most educators but often poorly implemented. A great way to meet the needs of a diverse group of learners is to use an intelligence inventory at the beginning of the year to identify different learning styles. Allowing for choice and autonomy in the classroom supports differentiation as well.
  • Identifies and communicates learning outcomes and expectations through a course overview/orientation
    • cjd203
       
      I feel like most teachers/educators do this when they go through their syllabi at the beginning of a course. I try to do it with each unit that we do as well to make sure learners are aware of learning targets. I have seen some teachers write objectives on the board daily to keep students on track (this is great practice).
  • Demonstrates ability to enhance academic performance and support for the agency's student achievement goals
  • • 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.) (SREB B.3, Varvel III.B)
    • dsnydersvjags
       
      Whew! Not yet - but I am working on it. I am fairly tech savvy, but sometimes the amount of computer work needed is overwhelming and I just get tired of sitting. I love being able to interact with my students - I learn more about them from the face to face, and it is tougher to get to know them when we are online.
    • dsnydersvjags
       
      Whew! Not yet - but I am working on it. I am fairly tech savvy, but sometimes the amount of computer work needed is overwhelming and I just get tired of sitting. I love being able to interact with my students - I learn more about them from the face to face, and it is tougher to get to know them when we are online.
  • • Utilizes a course evaluation and student feedback data to improve the course (Varvel VI.F)
    • dsnydersvjags
       
      This is always good for me - especially in my ICCC classes. I want to know how effective I have been. I want that student feedback - even if it is 'bad' - that way I know what I need to improve and/or work on for the next time I teach that course.
    • dsnydersvjags
       
      This is always good for me - especially in my ICCC classes. I want to know how effective I have been. I want that student feedback - even if it is 'bad' - that way I know what I need to improve and/or work on for the next time I teach that course.
  • • 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)
    • dsnydersvjags
       
      This is a huge challenge - especially for asynchronous learning. In my ICCC class, it is a little easier, but we sometimes still struggle due to lag time or people's wifi accessibility issues.
    • dsnydersvjags
       
      This is a huge challenge - especially for asynchronous learning. In my ICCC class, it is a little easier, but we sometimes still struggle due to lag time or people's wifi accessibility issues.
  • • Has experienced online learning from the perspective of a student (SREB F.1, Varvel II.E)
    • dsnydersvjags
       
      I think this is really important - if you don't know what it feels like from the other side of the screen, you won't know what issues you should be worrying about.
    • dsnydersvjags
       
      I think this is really important - if you don't know what it feels like from the other side of the screen, you won't know what issues you should be worrying about.
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)
  •  
    "student feedback data to improve the course"
Lisa Jacobs

ollie1: Iowa Online Teaching Standards - 1 views

  • • Utilizes a course evaluation and student feedback data to improve the course (Varvel VI.F)
    • Cory Johnson
       
      Anytime that I've taught a course to adult learners, I've found periodic feedback to be an essential component of continuous improvement and meeting students needs. This has always been anonymous. If I am to continue doing this throughout the course, I'll need to find a tool to allow for anonymous input.
    • Ami Leath
       
      Looking forward to learning more about this.
  • 4. Understands and uses instructional pedagogy that is appropriate for the online environment and meets the multiple learning needs of students (ITS 4)
    • Cory Johnson
       
      This standard seems incredibly important because it drives home the point that computers don't teach, teachers teach and sometimes they use a computer as an instructional tool. Effective online learning still requires the continuous involvement of a qualified teacher (content and pedagogy), not just develop the content for someone else to put on a website and then let the computer do the teaching.
    • Lylia Chaffin
       
      I agree, if you don't have a qualified teacher on board how will you know " the multiple learning needs of the student" . Of course someone could design an assessment that would pinpoint the learning needs of the different students, then just plug in the different methods for each child and .............
  • • 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)
    • Cory Johnson
       
      These statements go along with my previous comment about the need for online teachers to be involved in the online learning process throughout the course and to interact with their students.
    • Sharon Irelan
       
      * I think this is important whether you are meeting face to face or online. Learning often takes place best when ideas and suggestions come from the experiences of those that are involved directly with the students. Establishing a means of communication to all those involve can enhance learning for everyone
    • Robin Holtz
       
      In one of my assignments to Evan, I expressed how important that I thought it was to have a very interactive, personal approach as the on-line instructor so that participants feel like they are part of something "real" and not so isolated. I also think that students open up more and share more when the atmosphere in a class is personal and safe and not just repsonses and assignments sent into virtual space.
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  • multiple assessment instruments
    • Evan McCormick
       
      It's very important to use multiple data sets, if available, to avoid making data based decisions on limited data.
    • Ami Leath
       
      A key point that we stress to EC teachers is to use multiple sources of information to make data-based decisions.
  • Understands and uses data from assessments to guide instruction
    • Evan McCormick
       
      It's important to understand the context of data to make quality decisions about how and when to use it.
  • Has experienced online learning from the perspective of a student (SREB F.1, Varvel II.E)
    • Lynn Hockenberry
       
      Online learning is a great opportunity for professional growth. I think it is essential for an online instructor to experience online learning from the student perspective. Taking this class right now is giving me perspective on several things: Time needed to engage in the class, wide variety of tools availalble, the necessity of students being able to problem solve technological issues and confusions both on their own and through a network of both students and the online instructor.
    • Robin Holtz
       
      Hi Lynn, I would agree that taking this class as a student is helping me to become a better on-line course instructor. I know that Ami and I are always asking ourselves after we add content to our Moodle course..."If I were a student, would I be able to understand these on-line directions or If I were a student, would I be able to find this link on our site? etc. Having a couple of perspectives is a good thing.
    • Teri King
       
      I would absolutely agree to these comments above. This is my first official Moodle course and it has been a real challenge for me. I feel like I am often just roaming about aimlessly, and am having to take very baby steps. I wasn't sure how I would respond to an online course as I am very much a visual and auditory learner. I do best to see it modeled for me first and could not imagine how that could happen in Moodle. The step by step tutorials are the only things allowing me to move forward!! :) Having this experience as a student I would say is CRITICAL prior to ever offering one as the instructor.
  • . Demonstrates competence in planning, designing, and incorporating instructional strategies (ITS 3)
    • Lynn Hockenberry
       
      This standard is the one that would absolutely drive my professional growth plan. I have so much to learn about using appropriate visual web design techniques and selecting technologies appropriate to the content. I am both overwhelmed and excited by the prospect of learning to use these technologies as I build my class
  • Has knowledge of and informs student of their rights to privacy and the conditions under which their work may be shared with others (SREB E.8, Varve
    • Maureen Lonsdale
       
      Online learners need to understand the difference between discussions during a face to face course and posting to an online forum.
  • Selects and uses technologies appropriate to the content that enhance learning
    • Maureen Lonsdale
       
      The key words for me in the criteria are "enhance learning". The list of technology available is endless and new ones are being developed as I type. As an online instructor, I need to understand and know how to use the variety of tools available and always learning about new ones.
    • Ami Leath
       
      Agree completely Maureen.  So many choices available, just need to decide which one is the best and the most beneficial.
  • Knows and aligns instruction to the achievement goals
    • Sharon Irelan
       
      * All teachers and instructors need to be familiar with the Standards and Benchmarks that have been adopted as the guidelines for instruction. The Iowa Core has been adopted to help teachers know the expectations for each grade level or grade span in all content areas. Early Learning Standards have also been developed to help teachers of preschool understand the skills and topics that students will need. Common Core and Early Learning Standards are designed to help all students learn
  • knowledgeable and has the ability to use computer programs
    • Ami Leath
       
      Requirement for Online EC Course
    • Robin Holtz
       
      Ami, I highlighted this one, too. I think it gives a pretty clear picture of what competence looks like and it also enables me to build a personal timeline for getting the "education" I need to be competent.
    • Sharon Kurns
       
      I agree that this one is key to competence in online instruction
  • 2• Utilizes a course evaluation and student feedback data to improve the course (Varvel VI.F) • Provides and communicates evidence of learning and course data to students and colleagues (SREB J.6, ITS 1.a)
  • using patterns in lesson sequencing,
    • Dianne Hinders
       
      Using patterns in online course design seems like a very effective and efficient way for participants to interact with the content...very "brain-friendly"!
  • Promotes learning through online collaboration group work that is goal-oriented and focused
    • Dianne Hinders
       
      Using online collaboration as a way of meeting diverse student needs is an area that cannot be overlooked. It seems like it would be easy to put online collaboration in a course, however, without careful consideration to purpose, it could loose it's effectiveness...Teachers must still create the structure for all students to learn.
  • Knows the content of the subject to be taught
    • anonymous
       
      This seems like a no-brainer, but I've sat in college classes where the instructor is clearly just a day ahead of the class. I'm glad the Online standards requires that we know the content. Is there any verification of knowledge?
    • Lisa Jacobs
       
      Some states required teachers to pass content assessments. It is difficult to assess a teacher has a level of understanding to provide for flexiblity in teaching the content and modeling the content within a context.
    • Lylia Chaffin
       
      Even passing a content evaluation is no guarantee that a person really knows the content well enough to teach it. It is a basic step, but knowing and teaching are two different things.
  • Communicates assessment criteria and standards to students, including rubrics for student performances and participation
    • anonymous
       
      Always good to know what the expectations are. Some folks absolutely have to have them for their piece of mind. Rubrics are very popular. They do provide a means of defining levels of acceptable performance without listing specific skills or testing.
  • Demonstrates growth in technology knowledge and skills in order to stay current with emerging technologies
    • Angie Hance
       
      As this Ollie course suggests, being knowledgeable about what technology is out there is crucial to today's digital learning environments. Whether we are learning side by side with our students or learning ahead of them on our own, it will be the only way to keep up with the future of education.
  • learning theory appropriate to online learning
    • Angie Hance
       
      My view of on-line learning is that it is very interactive. Without an understanding of what it can do and can be, teachers may revert back to teaching in the same old way - only in an on-line fashion.
    • Crystal Hornback
       
      Angie, I completely agree. Since the world of technology is vast, we need to look at multiple ways to provide content to participants.
  • Tailors instruction to meet the different needs of students
    • keri bass
       
      With growing class sizes and diversity, it's important to get to know the students and how they learn, in order to meet their individual educational needs. One size does not fit all.
    • Evan McCormick
       
      How is this possible? What research identifies ways to accomplish this? Classroom teachers struggle with formative assessment and meeting individual needs.
    • Angie Hance
       
      At the GHAEA 21st century learning conference last friday, Kevin Honeycutt introduced a variety of ways to tailor instruction. Way cool! The nontraditional learner will have choices!
  • techniques to engage students
    • keri bass
       
      Educators must always be on the lookout for ways to keep students hooked. Disenfranchised student don't make good learners.
  • Provides substantive, timely, and constructive feedback to students
    • Lisa Jacobs
       
      Students need feedback that is timelin and provides sutdents in learning the content.
  • Identifies and communicates learning outcomes and expectations
    • Ami Leath
       
      It is important to communicate to the course participants what the outcomes and expectations are before the course begins.  I find this beneficial to myself as a participant and as an instructor.
  •  Is 1knowledgeable 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.) (SREB B.3, Varvel III.B)
  •  Provides substantive, timely, and constructive feedback to students (SREB D.8, Varvel VI.F, ITS 5.e)
  •  Provides substantive, timely, and constructive feedback to students (SREB D.8, Varvel VI.F, ITS 5.e)
    • Robin Holtz
       
      As I begin to create my Moodle course, I do begin to wonder about the time commitment and what it really means to be "timely" in the on-line teaching world. I would imagine there would have to be some boundaries that you would have to create or you might be on-line (or maybe not) all of the time. I am anxious to make the comparison.
  • understands how to teach the content to students (SREB A.3, Varvel II.A, ITS 2.a)
    • Teri King
       
      Serving in my position as a mathematics specialist, it is, indeed, important to know the content of mathematics, but I think this second part of this statement - "understands HOW TO TEACH the content to students - is where I am able to truly be an instructional leader/coach. It is one thing to understand the mathematics involved, but it equally (if not more) important to understand the components of quality instruction that are required for students to obtain a deep understanding of the content taught.
  • 8. Adheres to, models, and guides ethical behavior, including technological use (ITS 8)
    • Crystal Hornback
       
      As online learning explodes, we need to continually remind participants their words are ever present. Additionally, if the content participants will be contributing to the course relates to their current school positions, the reminder of confidentiality is a must! As instructors it is our charge to remind and insist the practices within the content of the course are upheld to these standards.
  • Demonstrates effective instructional strategies and techniques, appropriate for online education
    • Crystal Hornback
       
      Participants in online courses deserve to have instruction presented in the most effective manner. As we embark on new technological tools, we have a vast amount of resources for education available at our fingertips. It is understandable that some tools are easier for all learners than others to utilize, but as an instructor it is important to understand the multiple tools available for instruction and utilize the tool with the most effectiveness for the coursework.
    • Sharon Kurns
       
      How do we know how to present in the most effective manner? It seems that since learners vary in their knowledge and use of online tools, that as instructors we need to use a variety of tools. We will need to match the tool to both the content and our learning goals as well as our learners.
  • Proposed Online Teaching Standards
    • Crystal Hornback
       
      So glad these are available to us while we are working on developing an online course!
    • Lisa Jacobs
       
      Great observation to look beyond the assignment to the bigger picture.
  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face
    • Sharon Kurns
       
      How does one demonstrate that they understand the difference between online and face to face instruction
  • These standards are an alignment of the Iowa Teaching Standards (ITS),
    • Angie Hance
       
      I wonder if there will be any changes to these for AEA staff (or to the criteria) like the iowa teaching standards.
  • instructional strategies
    • Lisa Jacobs
       
      demonstrating bookmarking
Ashley Waltmann

iowaonlinelearning - Teaching Standards - 1 views

  • 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.)
    • Ashley Waltmann
       
      Hey this is us :)
  • Selects and uses technologies appropriate to the content that enhance learning
    • Ashley Waltmann
       
      This is what I need to learn.
  • pre-assessment
    • Ashley Waltmann
       
      How to do allow students to move at their own pace and yet keep the social aspect of teaching and learning in place? That's a trick I would like to learn.
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  • Creates a learning community that encourages collaboration and interaction, including student-teacher, student-student, and student-content
    • Ashley Waltmann
       
      I think this will be a challenge for me. In the face to face class, this happens as a matter of course, I don't really go out of my way to make it happen. I'll need to get better at it.
  • 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
    • Ashley Waltmann
       
      Since this is the structure that the students will see, it is very important. Making this flow with the appropriate online tools will be the art of making a good blended classroom.
  •  
    " 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.) "
  •  
    This is us!
Amy Burns

Synchronous and Asynchronous Communication Tools - Articles - Resources - ASAE - 4 views

  •  
    Great chart showing various tools for synchronous and asynchronous communication.
  •  
    Would moodle enter into both of these?
anonymous

ollie1reppert: Iowa Online Teaching Standards - 0 views

  • 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
    • Brian Sauerbrei
       
      Wow, this is certainly a sentence loaded with many educational concepts. It would take me a week just define those concepts!
    • Brian Sauerbrei
       
      I need to add a few more words to explain my interest in this passage. This passage indicates why teaching and learning aren't only important, but they can be difficult, too.
    • jorge malagon
       
      Online instruction is growing across the nation, the main reason in the lower cost, compared with the traditional classroom; experts indicate there is not enough evidence online instruction is indicated to all teenage students. I have seen many of them dropping online classes in Plato; kids need to socialize.
  • Provides substantive, timely, and constructive feedback to students
    • Brian Sauerbrei
       
      Hopefully, that is a aspect that can be achieved through online quizzes and tests. I wonder how else it coud get done?
    • Doug Gaul
       
      Can also get consturctive feedback through google docs where you could make comments right on the document the student is working on.
    • Mike Adair
       
      I'm hoping to see the benefits of Google docs as my district pushes their use this school year. I the idea of a comment area.
    • Deanna Tegeler
       
      I am looking forward to providing immediate feedback to students using some of the assessment programs.
    • Deb Richmann
       
      There is a service called crocodoc.com that allows you to mark student work, written work I should say. This will be another alternative to marking. Glogster & kidblog allow you to make comments for the students.
    • Brian Sauerbrei
       
      Last year my son had an English class that made use of googledocs and online comments. The teacher didn't always get back to him in a timely manner. Plus, even though they saw each other everyday in class, they didn't talk about the issues on writing the essay on googledocs.
  • Communicates with students effectively and consistently
    • Brian Sauerbrei
       
      This concept could be much more difficult than what it appears, especially when it comes to typing conversation back and forth between people.
    • Brian Sauerbrei
       
      I find it interesting that this concept is somewhat buried in the list of items. To me, it is the most important one.
    • Mike Adair
       
      Your first point is well-taken, Brian. Add to that the difficult task of a teacher trying to communicate with their elementary-aged students in person and now attempting to do the same thing online. Not for the faint of heart!
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  • Assists students with technology
    • Doug Gaul
       
      Teach students where to find help rather then spending all of your time showing them exactly what to do. This is where the real learning from technology comes from
    • Mike Adair
       
      If I might add to your astute thought, Doug, to also guide the students in determining how the information they found will be used to assist in their learning. More times than not, kids seem to grab information for the sake of possessing it without taking into consideration their intentions on how to utilize it.
    • Deb Richmann
       
      I agree with you, they really lack that thinking skill. They are very accustomed to the grab & go answer and find it hard to take risks in delving deeper into a topic.
    • susan strube
       
      I find that some of my students end up teaching/showing me! They are all so good natured about helping me when they know something I don't! My favorite part of teaching however, is collaborating WITH my students on research projects and sharing in theri excitement when they discover great resources in unfamiliar places.
  • different needs of students, including different learning styles
    • Doug Gaul
       
      A different set of challanges in an online course. Harder to find out different student needs.
    • Deb Richmann
       
      Yes, but I think this will open up more alternatives for students to learn & get more involved in the learning process which should help eliminate behavioral issues.
    • Jason Endress
       
      This is a great opportunity to incorporate youtube videos for visual learners, "guest lecturers" available through podcasts for audio learners and various "hands on activities" for the tactile learner. Having instant access to such a wealth of multimedia information/activities should make it easier to accomodate multiple learning styles. However, this will require additional research and time on the part of the teacher to find appropriate resources to include.
  • student feedback data to improve the course
    • Mike Adair
       
      This is an area I wish to improve this school year. Instead of a basic exit survey that doesn't tell me much, I'd like to either find or create something in the way of feedback that I could actually use to improve my lesson or unit in the future.
    • Deb Richmann
       
      I could improve in this area as well Mike. I don't like using tests because t