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Online Teaching Skills

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  1. Online Teaching Skills Computers in Libraries 2006Missy HarveyCarnegie Mellon Universityharvey@andrew.cmu.eduMarch 2006

  2. Overview • What Qualifies Me? • Becoming a Great Teacher • How Does Teaching Online Differ from Teaching in the Classroom? • Skills and Techniques for Teaching Online

  3. What Qualifies Me? • Degree in Elementary Education • Eleven Years Teaching for Library Schools • Teaching Kindergarten was One of My Favorites • Find the BEST Means to Enable Students to Learn

  4. Becoming a Great Teacher • Product of My College “…we envision our graduates as realizing themselves as learnersstill growing and changing, still acquiring new knowledge, still developing new questions.”

  5. Becoming a Great Teacher • Anyone Can Teach Mindset • Can Everyone Write Well? • Limitations and Abilities • You Do Not Know Everything • We May Not All Learn the Same Way • Use More than One Approach

  6. Becoming a Great Teacher • Approach from a New Point of View • Opportunity to Rethink/Reconsider • Respect • Be Sensitive • Handle Questions Delicately • Provide Positive Reinforcement

  7. How Does Teaching Online Differ from Teaching in the Classroom? • Considerably More Work • Good Communication is Vital • State Expectations Up-Front • Requires More Self-Discipline • Preconceived Ideas of the Necessary Time Commitment

  8. Discussion Boards as a Tool • Weekly Discussion Boards • Require Attendance • How I “Listen” and Participate • Keep Discussions On Track • Avoid Dominating the Conversations • Managing Chat Sessions

  9. Skills and Techniques for Teaching Online • Good Organization is Key

  10. Skills and Techniques for Teaching Online • Deliver Segments Weekly • Provide Clear and Detailed Instructions • Set Consistent Due Dates • You Have to Be the Person Who is Consistent and Reliable • Immediate Feedback

  11. Course Information

  12. Lectures

  13. Assignments

  14. Clear, Detailed Instructions

  15. Skills and Techniques for Teaching Online • Increase Communication Efforts • Encourage Students to Share Ideas with Each Other • Rely on Assignment Manager • Email Confirmations of Receipt of Assignments • Provide More Handouts than Normal

  16. Skills and Techniques for Teaching Online • Provide More than a Syllabus • Provide Links to Additional Resources • Make Yourself More Accessible than in a Traditional Class • Encourage Contact • Never Ignore Student Emails • Do Not Forget Praise

  17. For Successful Online Courses, Students Ask that Instructors • Post Expectations for the Course Clearly and During the First Week • Complete Grading in a Reasonable Timeframe and with Comments • Provide Lots of Feedback, Advice, Guidance, etc. • Make Yourself Available for Comments and Direction • Ensure the Course is Well Organized

  18. For Successful Online Courses, Students Ask that Instructors • Re-Explain Things to Ensure Students Understand Concepts • Make Learning Fun • Encourage Student Participation, rather than Squelch It • Allow Your Personality to Come Through • Keep Communication Lines Open • Take the “Distance" Out of Distance Learning

  19. Backbone of My Teaching Philosophy • Teachers have a moral obligation to act in the best interests of the students they serve • Teachers should possess such qualities as intellectual curiosity, open-mindedness, judgment, imagination, and self-discipline, in addition to such virtues as empathy, fairness, respect for others, and patience

  20. Backbone of My Teaching Philosophy Teachers are strongly encouraged to • reflect upon their teaching • engage with others in questioning and discussing the activities of teaching, the place and value of teaching, and the process of inquiry • evaluate current trends and time-worn practices in education

  21. Additional Information • Teaching Best Practices (Carnegie Mellon) http://www.cmu.edu/teaching/resources/ • A Berkeley Compendium of Suggestions for Teaching with Excellence http://teaching.berkeley.edu/compendium/ • Designing Principles for Online Instruction http://www.fgcu.edu/onlinedesign/ • Are Online Librarians Teachers? http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA284801.html • The Age of Online Instruction http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA239514.html