10 PLUS 4 Best Practices

Boettcher, J. V. & Conrad, R. M. (2016). The Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and practical pedagogical tips. (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.

1   Be Present.

Socially – a welcome video

Cognitively – personal goals of the learner

Teaching – a syllabus

2   Create a supportive online course

Video announcements

3   Develop a set of explicit expectations for your learners and yourself as to how you will communicate and how much time students should be working on the course each  week.

Up to date contact list of instructor for learners along with time schedule of availability

4   Use a variety of large group, small group and individual work experiences.

Individual work – syllabus work and independent active learning

Small group – facilitate opportunities for learners supporting learners by way of technology or…

Large group – If geography permits and potluck gathering (Eden Alternative) and/or an online support group for people with the disease, families and friends, and frontline staff.

5   Use synchronous and asynchronous activities.

Synchronous – a Definition of the course – Four Stages of a course – beginning, early middle, late middle and wrap-up.

Asynchronous – within the parameter of the course and aside from any course work that others may depend on you to complete a project – this course can be done on your own timeframe.

6  Ask for informal feedback early in the term.

A interview on Skype! A time to check in.

7   Prepare discussion posts that invite responses, questions, discussions, and reflections.

Discussion board may provide the teacher to ‘validate thinking and experiences’ also provide a time for reflection.

8   Search out and use content resources that are available in digital form.

There are many resources to share. I am now thinking of a particular text that I found helpful and am wondering if it is available as an E-textbook.  

9   Combine core concept learning customized and personal learning.

Initially I am drawn to John Dewey (1859-1952) Experiential learning is a favorite.

Ellen Langer (1947 – ) Mindful learning

I am interested to learn how I might use these two theorists as a guide in my program.

10 Plan a good and wrap activity for the course.

If geographically feasible a potluck; a tactic I learned through Eden Alternative, Dr. William Thomas. Alternatively could we come together on Google Hangout!

11 Assess as you go by gathering evidences of learning.

Survey monkey

12 Rigorously connect content to core concepts and learning outcomes.

Learn more about Dewey and Langer and incorporate the learning of them in to my area of interest.

13 Develop and use a content frame for your course

I look forward to doing this piece as part of my syllabus.

14 Design experiences to help learners make progress on their novice-to-expert journey.

Online support groups!

The blue comments will represent my learning as of April 25. I look forward to seeing how this may change and how I will grow during this program.


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