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Pam Buysman

Teaching on the Web - Exploring the Meanings of Silence - 1 views

    • ksteingr
      Issues to confront - 1. designing learning that will engage students 2. choosing material that is suitable for the web 3. pedagogy in the online environment
    • Pam Buysman
      Teaching an online class for the first time would be much like teaching your first group of students F2F.. In Iowa we provide mentors for new teachers. It only makes sense to provide a mentor or some kind of support system for "newbie" online facilitators as well. At the AEA, we do a support system of sorts in place. We have enough AEA people trained that can offer support to one another.
  • There are numerous major educational issues to confront and resolve when delivering learning material on the Web -- like designing learning tasks that will engage students, and choosing material which is suitable for delivery via the Web. However, these are not the subjects of this brief discussion. I want to deal with a substantive issue that is too easily ignored or trivialised -- pedagogy in the online environment.
  • The need for support of teachers and academics in these early days of online delivery cannot be underestimated. Early adopters of new technologies can easily find themselves isolated, ignored and problem solving in an intellectual vacuum.
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  • establish relaxed, free-flowing and open communication within the class.
    • ksteingr
      Use threaded discussion facility - not finding success.
  • There’s just this awful, sort of silence.
    • ksteingr
      Discussion breaking down.
  • One of the hardest things to orient to in online teaching is the radically different tempo of communication.
    • ksteingr
      The change?
  • How long do you wait for a response in an online threaded discussion?
    • ksteingr
      Key question!
    • Pam Buysman
      As I'm reading this article, I'm wondering if the facilitaor has established any kind of guidelines like we currently have. The initial post is due by Friday and two reponses are expected by Sunday. I really think a timetable needs to be established, because otherwise I do think you might wait forever for some students to respond. Without the timely response, it really isn't possible to create any conversations. Without the conversations, I think learning will be compromised. Of course if a student doesn't respond, you need to try to contact them. Yet if they don't respond to you, I see no alternate but adhering to the guidelines you've established for your threaded discussions. So, I guess I'm saying, you don't wait. You have expectations and you make allowances if necessary, but at some point in time, you need to look at class expectations.
  • What replaces them?
    • ksteingr
      What does replace the brief encounters?
    • Pam Buysman
      You use available technology applications or resources. It is possible to email the student, call, skype, or create a chat room. Any or all of these can be used to create some kind of personal contact with the student. It seems as if we are looking at adult learners. At some point, learners need to take some responsibility for their own learning. Again, without structure there will be no conversation and much learning will be lost.
  • The online teacher can and does know if a particular student has logged on, when they do and which pages in the online subject they visit. But it doesn't feel that way to the student user. It will only become apparent to them later, when or if the teacher e-mails them asking if they are having difficulties.
    • ksteingr
      How do we let students know we are aware of their patterns online?
    • Pam Buysman
      We ask questions in the forum. We email students sharing that we have noticed that they have not logged on. We gently remind them about expectations. We can try calling. In short, we use whatever means we have to communicate with them.
  • ‘get to know each other sessions’
  • If you expect students to use CMC, rather than private e-mail, as the primary mode of communication with you, you have to tell them so.
  • If you expect the students to check their bulletin boards regularly, you have to let them know how often. If your expectations are not being fulfilled you have to follow up with e-mails or phone calls. Communication is critical. It is the strength of the online mode, as opposed to broadcast media like print, radio and video. The rule is, actively avoid isolation.
    • ksteingr
      the key!
    • Pam Buysman
      I agree. You need to tell your students what you expect!
  • o 'community'.
  • Because the general tempo of interaction is slower online, it may take longer.
  • E started telling her students about relevant upcoming public lectures, TV programs, useful or just plain entertaining Web sites she had come across, and so on.
  • But what sort of ‘character’ do you want to convey online, and how will you convey it with a keyboard?
  • ‘I do think that having a sort of classroom rapport, a very sensitive style, which I think I've got in some ways in the classroom, is very important online. But getting it across is ... well, it’s very hard.’
    • ksteingr
      having a sense of online style is one thing - making that clear is quite another!
  • There isn’t any right way to do it, just as there isn’t any one teacher’s ‘character’. You do have to define your own online persona and then think quite carefully on various occasions about how to convey it.
    • Pam Buysman
      I couldn't highlight this because it already was. However, I like this and would have highlighted this text if possible.
  • One of the great advantages of the threaded discussion is the time it allows for reflection, and the possibility for editing/refinement of one’s remarks.
    • ksteingr
      I had not thought about editing, but it is important.
  • This may mean that, for some students anyway, threaded discussions are not conducive to thinking out loud, to tossing out ideas for testing, to speculation.
  • The casual conversation with a student after class, the brief encounter in the corridor, the snippet of social conversation in a workshop or tutorial -- these do not exist in the same way online.
  • What 'right' does EM have to force a timetable on to them?
    • Pam Buysman
      The teacher has every right to force a timetable. Learning will not occur without structure.
  • The visual, audio and tactile cues we take for granted in our everyday teaching, and which we rely on as guides to our action, are utterly absent in the online environment.
  • The teacher in this scenario is at the behest of her students' actions (or lack of them). The centre of control has moved markedly away from the teacher, to the students.
  • Yet the establishment of a sense of community is often one of the chief objectives of a teacher with any class. The achievement of it is a milestone in the progress of a given class in the mind of the teacher.
  • It is almost embarrassing to say so, but there are other things to ‘talk’ to students about than the course material.
  • Others may find that the time they get to reflect and compose their comments invests them with a power they don't ordinarily feel in face-to-face communication.
  • Failure to respond promptly to a student request or other communication could be catastrophic. It is disarming, even alarming, to invest the time to post a message and then get no response.
  • strong conscious effort, planning, forethought, time
    like designing learning tasks that will engage students, and choosing material which is suitable for delivery via the Web.
    like designing learning tasks that will engage students, and choosing material which is suitable for delivery via the Web.
Kay Durfey

Best content in OLLIE Iowa | Diigo - Groups - 2 views

  • Knows and aligns instruction to the achievement goals of the local agency and the state, such as with the Iowa Core (Varvel I.A, ITS 1.f, ITS 3.a)
    • Kay Durfey
      This is so true! My parents were great about appropriating emphasizing the importance of the ITEDS.
    Educational games
    The course makes maximum appropriate use of online tools outside of the CMS (including email, web 2.0, chat, videoconferencing, and whiteboard) to enhance learning Proposed Online Course Standards students to engage in higher-order thinking, critical-reasoning activities and thinking in increasingly complex ways.
Judy Sweetman

Cool Tools for Teaching Online: New Media Web 2.0 - 0 views

    This site explains in detail approximately 50 tools that can be used in conjunction with online learning. What I really like about this site is that there is also a classroom application explained for each tool.
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