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Effective Teaching Strategies in Online Courses

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Transcript of Effective Teaching Strategies in Online Courses

Using Pearson LearningStudio to Engage Students
Laura Moin, Ph.D.
Academic Trainer & Consultant
Pearson eCollege
Effective Online Teaching Practices
“sage on the stage” to “guide on the side”
Online teaching can be challenging:
Your turn! Any questions?
Students often choose online over on-ground courses because of the option to use discussions
Discussions are a great way for you to demonstrate the kind of writing you expect in the course — and for students to practice it!
Make sure discussion questions are open-ended and appeal to the adult learner
Correct misinterpretations and misunderstandings, point out additional resource materials, etc. before students engage in more high-stakes assessments (like term papers)
Engaging Students in Discussions
Planning ahead works!
May take a bit more time at first but significantly less time later.
You do most of the “administrative” course work before the mod starts
Announcements are your friends! Use the scheduler!

Anticipate some snags
Computers and networks are getting more reliable all the time, but they are still not as error-free as, say, TVs and telephones
Know your options for Help Desk and how to direct your students there.
What should you keep in mind in preparing to teach online? (cont.)
Remember the half of eight exercise!
Clarity is essential when you teach online
Keep the students driving the discussion throughout the entire unit
Put a participation framework around the discussion requirement, e.g. in a Monday – Sunday week:
Student responds to your discussion topic by Tuesday p.m.
Student replies to at least two other students’ responses by Thursday p.m.
Student responds to all replies to her/his initial response by Sunday p.m.
Engaging Students in Discussions (cont.)
Your class composition will likely be different
Most online students are adults, mid-twenties or older, with families
Appreciate pragmatic, “relevant” coursework
Make the most of the asynchronous time frame
Fairly self-reliant learners

But, things are changing all the time
What are your students like?
What should you keep in mind in preparing to teach online? (cont.)
You will have more tools than expected.
What should you keep in mind in preparing to teach online?
Time, distance, and device independent
Learner centered
How does Online Teaching differ from On-ground teaching?
Social media
If were a country, it would be the world's 3rd largest
is the world's 2nd largest search engine
Much of the publishing and communication industries have become digital
Education trends
From 2008 and 2010, enrollment in online classes:
doubled in middle school (reaching 19%)
tripled in high school (reaching 30%)
Most teachers say that information-based technology that is well integrated into the classroom is critical in impacting student achievement (Survey from Scholastic and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).
Students in online classes outperformed students in face-to-face classes (Metanalysis from the US DOE, 2010)
Research study in Australia found that Web 2.0 tools:
Increased student engagement, including students in remote locations and special needs students
Encouraged students to construct new knowledge
Increased student collaboration
Students became more reflective, accepting of feedback and quality conscious in response to more student-centered instruction and transparent, authentic, collegial and timely assessment
Why do we care to learn about online teaching?
Using Pearson LearningStudio to Engage Students
Laura Moin, Ph.D.
Academic Trainer & Consultant
Pearson eCollege

Effective Online Teaching Practices
Instructors have to move from
Instructor's Presence: reply every 2-3 posts
Instructor's Presence: photo and personal statement in your syllabus
Instructor's Presence: I statements
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