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Effective Chat Sessions: Should One Size Fit All?. 2006 Merlot International Conference Don Williams, Ph.D. Genese Gibson, M.A., RT. Objectives. Explore the value of synchronous chat sessions Identify the variety of chat session purposes and designs

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effective chat sessions should one size fit all

Effective Chat Sessions: Should One Size Fit All?

2006 Merlot International Conference

Don Williams, Ph.D.

Genese Gibson, M.A., RT

objectives
Objectives
  • Explore the value of synchronous chat sessions
  • Identify the variety of chat session purposes and designs
  • Understand the principles for matching course objectives with chat design.
chats at florida hospital college
Chats at Florida Hospital College

Bachelors in Radiography Completion

  • 5 Years
  • Enrollment growth 17-600

RN to Bachelors in Nursing

  • 1.5 years
  • Enrollment growth 30-375
compass model
Compass Model

Synchronous Chats

  • Facilitator group
  • Size
  • Frequency
  • Length
  • Purpose
  • Required
building variety initial questions
Building Variety: Initial Questions

To chat or not to chat, that is the question.

  • What type of student?
    • Traditional v non-traditional
    • On campus v off campus
  • Course Objectives
    • Building a learning community
    • Learning v teaching
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Building Variety:Initial Questions

If yes to chat, for what purpose?

  • Build community
  • Information
  • Feedback
  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
building variety key questions
Building Variety:Key Questions

What type of course?

  • Intro v advanced
  • Discipline
    • Humanities
    • Science/math
    • Professional
  • Lecture v Blended v PBL
  • Demonstration/lab
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Building Variety:Key Questions

What tools are available?

  • Breakout chats
  • Threaded Discussions
  • White Board
  • Audio
  • Visual
the future
The Future
  • Broaden the number of tools available
  • Engage students more as active learners
    • Mini-chats (Break-out chat sessions)
    • Student led chat sessions
  • Higher level engagement within Bloom’s Taxonomy
summary
Summary
  • Chat sessions can be a valuable, multipurpose modality in online learning
  • There are a variety of ways to match chat design with course objectives
  • The value of chats can extend beyond purely educational goals.