Instructional Strategies for Distance Learning Eric Lind , Jerry Anderson, Paul Dunkirk Summer Institute 8/1 5 /1 3 Agenda 1. Overview of PD supporting DL in Minnesota 2. Instructional strategies 3. Case studies 4. Q &A 5. How to get involved in DL PD this year.
Eric Lind, Jerry Anderson, Paul Dunkirk
Summer Institute 8/15/13
1. Overview of PD supporting DL in Minnesota
2. Instructional strategies
3. Case studies
4. Q &A
5. How to get involved in DL PD this year
Using Google Sites
Final product: a written pilot DL site implementation plan
Implementation Phase – Use pilot plan supported by DL101 peers and facilitators
“The Study Group on Teaching provides opportunities for experienced distance teachers to spend four weeks focusing on how to support learners in their course of study.
The class is built around case studies of difficult teaching-learning challenges. Each participant develops a case study of a learner who had difficulty learning a concept online. The class discusses each of the case studies, building a "community of practice" that remains available as a resource after the course is done.”
Study groups form around a common DL platform, target audience, or issue
Each participant develops a case study of an instructional challenge.
Focus on one case study per week. Discuss the case study online and share strategies and resources that address the challenge.
Example Topics from DL102 2012-13
Making Appropriate Skills Tutor Assignments
Orientation and Learner Persistence
Differentiating Skills Tutor and USA Learns Students
DL for Low-Level ESL Students
Each participant tries out a strategy learned from their study group and reports back results in a summary presentation webinar.
October - F2F two-day kickoff in St. Paul. Began discussion on forming study groups around common DL platforms, target audience, or common instructional issues for inquiry. Brainstorm possible case studies based on real questions, problems.
December- Webinar to solidify study groups & topics and to get acquainted.
January - Completed and share case studies using a template.
February to March - Weekly online discussions focusing on a single case study
April - Sites tried strategies learned and used resources from study group and completed a report on results.
May - Presentation webinar - shared results.
Facilitators will monitor groups and capture both quantitative and qualitative data on participation.
•Frequency of online discussion participation
•Thoughtfulness and relevance of discussion posts
•Guiding and summarizing discussion on participant’s case study
•Sharing materials and resources
•Responding to feedback on case studies and discussion
•Webinar participation and leadership
Mark Zosel – Metro North ABE
Lesson Learned: Students are more engaged when given Skills Tutor assignments that better match their skill level and goals.
Jerry Anderson – Metro North ABE
Lesson Learned: Effective orientations can be used to determine fit, set expectations, and begin building a DL community. This can lead to improved learner persistence.
Charles LaRue– Metro North ABE
Lesson Learned: USA Learns can be used successfully with ESL students beginning CASAS 200. Skills Tutor can be used successfully with ESL students beginning at CASAS 220, but they need additional support with reading and vocabulary.
Paul Dunkirk – Adult Options in Education (Hopkins School District)
Lesson Learned: Implementing DL with low-level students is a challenge. Having regular supported computer lab time at school is a big help inteaching students to use the DL programs. USA Learns is a good instructional program, but poses many administrative problems for monitoring student progress and proxy hours.
Questions about DL SS Grant Project
Jennifer Weaverling: [email protected]
Questions about Virtual Taskforce and Communication
Tom Cytron-Hysom: [email protected]
Questions about Professional Development and Learner Web
Questions about Skills Tutor and iPathways
Questions about DL instructional practices and the DL101 and 102 experience
Adam Kieffer: [email protected]
Eric Lind: [email protected]