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Entering the Hallowed Halls of Cyberspace:. Developing Strategies for Teaching, Interacting, and Delivering Information Online. Matthew R. Turner , Ph.D. School of Communication Radford University . Scott A. Turner, Ph.D. Math and Computer Science UNC Pembroke. Overview.

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entering the hallowed halls of cyberspace

Entering the Hallowed Halls of Cyberspace:

Developing Strategies for Teaching, Interacting, and Delivering Information Online

  • Matthew R. Turner, Ph.D.
  • School of Communication
  • Radford University
  • Scott A. Turner, Ph.D.
  • Math and Computer Science
  • UNC Pembroke
overview
Overview
  • Introductions and interactions
  • Group discussions and grading
  • Encouraging student feedback
  • Creating and delivering content
how often do you teach online
How Often Do you teach online?
  • Never
  • Occasionally
  • Regularly
  • All the time

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how much do you feel pressured to teach online
How Much do you feel pressured to teach online?
  • Little to no pressure
  • Some pressure
  • High pressure
  • What’s a face-to-face class?

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what do you teach online
What do you Teach online?
  • I teach all of my classes online
  • I teach most of my classes online
  • I teach online classes occasionally
  • I teach hybrid courses
  • I have some of my course content or work online
  • I do nothing to very little online

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introductions and interactions
Introductions and Interactions
  • First impressions matter
  • Set tone for the course
  • Continuing involvement matters
how to introduce yourself
How to Introduce yourself
  • Welcome letter
  • Audio welcome
  • PowerPoint/Prezi (Presentation software with pictures)
  • Video welcome
get to know you assignment
Get to Know you Assignment
  • PowerPoint
  • Prezi
  • Video
dr turner

Dr. Turner

A comedy in five acts.

my family
My Family

This is my family on International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19)

I have a wife and three daughters. The oldest two are eight year old twins.

The youngest is five and about to enter Kindergarten.

setting expectations
Setting Expectations
  • Set expectations for responding to students
    • Gives structure
    • For your own sanity
  • Set hours and media
    • Virtual office hours
    • When you will be checking e-mail/IM
    • How quickly you will respond
  • Be consistent
being a continuing presence
being a continuing Presence
  • Posting to forums/discussion boards
  • News items or current events
  • Responding to student requests
  • Post most frequently missed test questions
  • Feedback on assignments
  • Video Feedback
  • Handwritten feedback
  • Water cooler discussion board
which of the following have you done for online discussions select all that apply
Which of the following have you done for online discussions? (Select all that apply.)
  • Read and respond to all posts. Grade on quality.
  • Read and respond to some posts. Grade by number of posts.
  • Require all students to do all posts. Grade selected posts throughout the term.
  • Have students read and evaluate each other. Students grade each other.

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discussion
Discussion

In groups of 4-6 people,

discuss what do you think about these techniques?

Which ones work?

Have you used these?

What additional techniques have you used or do you think could work?

which of the following have you used to encourage student participation select all that apply
Which of the following have you used to encourage student participation? (Select all that apply.)
  • First/early submissions get bonus points
  • Impose penalties for late submissions
  • Extra credit for creative posts or assignments
  • Hard deadlines for assignments
  • Soft deadlines for assignments
  • Grade only first fixed percentage of submissions

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discussion1
Discussion

In groups of 4-6 people,

discuss what do you think about these techniques?

Which ones work?

Have you used these?

What additional techniques have you used or do you think could work?

encouraging student feedback
Encouraging student Feedback
  • Progress Reports
  • Class surveys
  • Suggestion forums
creating and delivering content
Creating and delivering content
  • University provided resources
  • Low cost options
  • Free options
capture software
Capture software
  • Screencast-o-matic
  • Blueberry Flashback
  • Jing
  • Camtasia
  • Adobe Presenter
  • CMS (Blackboard, D2L etc.)
  • Digital camera or phone
hosting sites
Hosting Sites
  • Youtube
  • Vimeo
  • Google drive
  • Skydrive
  • Campus server
  • CMS (Blackboard, D2L, etc.)
summary
Summary
  • Changes that happen with online courses
  • Technology is more flexible and accessible than it was
  • You will most likely have to teach online at some point
    • You might want to get started before you are forced to