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Shawn Schumacher, PhD & Kimberly Harrison, MA DeVry University BUILDING AN ONLINE COMMUNITY
AGENDA Intro to online communities Discussion forums: best practices, tips, & tools Alternatives to discussion forums: Online debates Visual dictionaries Blogging
ONLINE COMMUNITIES Teachers using a variety of media & strategies to meet students’ needs – NOT NEW! Asynchronous: when & where students want Flexible communication: 2 people, small groups, whole class A chance to use technology for academic purposes
I have time to think about my answer I can see what everyone (including the teacher and me) wrote before, so it’s easier to connect to what we already learned I’m shy, but I’m not so afraid to write my thoughts I feel like I learn more!
Exposed to a diversity of opinions Develop perspective-taking skills Develop critical thinking skills More likely to stay on topic Motivated to do well because peers will see Research (at least some studies) show they learn more!
I’m guessing you’re here because you have something, but if not: Collaborize classroom (free, K-12)* Piazza (free, K-12) ProBoards (free, format less inviting for younger students) Tools for AOD
AOD BEST PRACTICES
Use real-life, authentic problems Be prepared to offer lots of support and structure (e.g., about making judgments about the problem and assisting with comparing multiple solutions) without giving them the answers Problem-solving
CAUTION: Participation ≠ learning
CAUTION: Not all activities & topics work
CAUTION: BOREDOM AHEAD!
CAUTION: Difficult to brainstorm
CAUTION??? “Lurkers” may actually be learning
MY RUBRIC Excellent FrequencyPosted on 3 separate days; 1st post before class (4) # of postingsPosted 3+ times on each topic (2) Quality (will be scaled appropriately if frequency reqs. not met) Demonstrated an accurate and multi-faceted understanding of concepts being discussed; provided evidence from readings or outside sources to support arguments (8-9)
Whatever you are using for AOD, OR CreateDebate.com $99 per year and offers a free trial ($139 for multiple classrooms, up to 500 students) You can set up the topic and moderate comments, as well as privacy settings. Can have multiple moderators – could share with students Tools for online debates
Online debates BEST PRACTICES
9 PRINCIPLES FOR GOOD DEBATING 9 PRINCIPLES FOR GOOD DEBATING
HELPING STUDENTS GET STARTED Develop a plan of action (graphic organizer?) Encourage at least 3 points of argument and counter-argument Divvy up research & reporting Set up deadlines
TIPS Use a video or article to increase interest & provide background information ProCon.com is a great resource for presenting both sides of controversial subjects (older students) Create a “perspectives debate”: What’s the best book we read this year?
Engaging introduction Detailed arguments Supported by high- quality evidence Organized logically Uses emotion & rational thinking to persuade RUBRICS: AVAILABLE ONLINE Effectively challenges opponent with logical arguments Rebuttal supported by high-quality evidence Ethical Sound conclusion
Have to really think about & understand definitions in order to portray them visually Better recall Encourages curiosity Increase motivations Facilitates deep learning
MY EXAMPLE: SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONISM
STUDENT EXAMPLE: RESOCIALIZATION
Resocialization: to relearn cultural norms in preparation for a new role in the community. Like being released from prison after many years. These people need to learn to live freely again and be a productive citizen.
After many years in the military, one can forget what it's like not to move every few years and to adjust to a non-regimented life.
People have to relearn many things in rehab, one is how to live with the results of whatever medical condition they have or the residual effects of a situation.
MY RUBRIC Excellent Frequency Posted on 3 separate days; 1st post before class (4) # of postingsPosted 9+ images (3) Quality (will be scaled appropriately if frequency reqs. not met) Used images to show an accurate and multi- faceted understanding of vocabulary words (8)
If just for your postings, Blogger.com is a popular free tool; affiliated with Google A popular tool for classroom blogs is EduBlog ($40 / year) - allows for several pages I really like KidBlog, but has some limitations (but it’s free!)KidBlog Weebly is another alternative Tools for blogging
Why blog? Reflect on learning & showcase work It’s highly motivating to publish for a public audience Get feedback from a “real” audience Develop a “learning network”
Blogging BEST PRACTICES
3 RD GRADE CLASSROOM Student work will only be identified by first names. All comments should have first names only. Parents who leave comments are asked not to use last names either. (Please post comments as “Jimmy’s mom” or “Megan’s grandfather”, etc.) All comments submitted have to be approved by Mr. Salsich before they are included on the blog. Inappropriate or sloppy writing will not be approved. Proof-read your comments carefully. Students should have a family member check for spelling mistakes before submitting a comment. Only Mr. Salsich has access to post things on the blog. Later in the year, when students begin to write blog entries, they will go through edits and revisions before Mr. Salsich posts them. Always write in full sentences and words – no “text talk” please!
HS BIOLOGY CLASS I will not use any curse words or inappropriate language. I will not use fighting words or provoke anyone. I will avoid the use of chat language. I will try to spell everything correctly. I will only give constructive criticism. I will not use my full name, or the name of my classmates. I will not plagiarize.
MARKETING OVERVIEW: MSED TARGET Teachers with K-12 experience – Program is designed exclusively for those with K-12 teaching experience – Most already holding teaching certification credentials – Not designed to serve post-secondary teachers Seeking One or More of the Following –Increased salary potential – Leadership role within school or district – Enhance capability to implement educational technology in school/district – Professional enrichment
PROGRAM OVERVIEW: DEVRY UNIVERSITY MSED PROGRAM DeVry University branded 36-semester-credit-hour program Locations –Online –21 locations 59
PROGRAM OVERVIEW: CONCENTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATES Master of Science in Education Curriculum Leadership Educational Leadership Educational Technology Leadership Higher Education Leadership
PROGRAM OVERVIEW: COURSES Program at a Glance: 36 credit hours/ 12 courses Four core courses Four concentration courses Two elective courses Capstone sequence (two courses) MSED Core: EDUC510: Contemporary Issues and Education EDUC512: Educational Technology and Emerging Media EDUC515: Educational Research EDUC518: Educational Measurement & Assessment
PROGRAM OVERVIEW: CONCENTRATION COURSES Educational Leadership Courses: EDUC525: Educational Program Evaluation EDUC530: Educational Leadership EDUC535: School Law and Policy Issues EDUC537: School Finance Curriculum Leadership Courses: EDUC520: Curriculum Development I EDUC521: Curriculum Development II EDUC525: Educational Program Evaluation EDUC530: Educational Leadership
PROGRAM OVERVIEW: CONCENTRATION COURSES CONT. Educational Technology Leadership Courses: EDUC530: Educational Leadership EDUC541: Educational Technology Planning EDUC543: Interactive Instructional Technology I EDUC544: Interactive Instructional Technology II Higher Education Leadership Courses: EDUC 511: Issues in Higher Education EDUC 531: Higher Education Leadership EDUC 550: Student Affairs in Higher Education EDUC 553: Financial Management in Higher Education EDUC 555: Faculty Development in Higher Education
PROGRAM OVERVIEW: ELECTIVE AND CAPSTONE COURSES Elective Courses (students select two): EDT590, Assistive Technology for Learning EDUC573, Learning Theory and Psychology EDUC574, Educational Organization Management GM570, Managing Conflict in the Workplace HR595, Negotiation Skills PM586, Project Management Systems SE571, Principles of Information Security Capstone Courses: EDUC670, Thesis Research & EDUC671, Thesis Writing -OR- EDUC640, Educational Research Project I & EDUC641, Educational Research Project II
CONTACT INFORMATION Kimberly Harrison Shawn Schumacher Main campus:
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