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1 Active Learning – Using Discussions Online Center for Distance Education Instructional Design Services Dr. Prasanthi Pallapu

2 Objectives Active Learning Interaction in an online course Online Discussions

3 Definition Active learning A process Engages students in learning activities – reading, writing, discussion, or problem solving Promotes analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of course material. http://www.crlt.umich.edu/tstrategies/tsal

4 Benefits Active Learning allows students to – engage with course material – participate in learning activities – collaborate with each other – analyze an argument – apply a concept to a real-world situation – etc….. https://teachingcommons.stanford.edu/resources/learning-resources/promoting-active-learning

5 Interaction Student-Student, Student-Content & Student-Instructor Synchronous Interaction – Real time Chat, Audio or Video Conferencing Asynchronous Interaction – Not occurring at the same time or not in real time Discussion Forums Email, Announcements, etc. Content items in an online course

6 Why? for Students Do not feel left out - A sense of belongingness Creates a learning community Increases motivation and performance Promotes independent, critical and creative thinking Encourages effective collaboration

7 Why? for Instructors Good return on the time invested to design the course – When students succeed - it is well worth the time as it is all about student learning….. Immense opportunity to get to know your students through interaction Do not feel disconnected with students

8 Know your students Get to know them – Connect and develop a professional relationship with your students – Know each individual student Respond to each student in the Student Introductions forum They need to know – you care and listen to them – As they miss the in-person connection – Share personal experiences as you interact for them to know that You are a real person You value their contributions

9 Instructor Presence Be Present – Helps students feel that you are there for them – Engage or participate in some discussion They need to see you are there with them during the discussions – Encourage students to interact with each other Make sure that students are responding to their peers

10 Instructor Presence Be Present – Clarify any information timely – provide examples – Facilitate conversations This determines how students participate – Make sure that your presence does not inhibit student-student interaction

11 Roles Student - Self-Learners – Interact with the content material – Learn from Others - Interact with other students – Learn from the Instructor - Feedback Instructor – Moderator – Facilitator

12 Expectations Set and share expectations – Netiquette – Rubrics – Guidelines

13 UIU Expectations Item III. 3 – Discussion and Participation

14 UIU Expectations Discussion and Participation – Initial Response

15 UIU Expectations Discussion and Participation – Participation

16 Questions Select good topics for discussion questions – Reflection – Interpretation – Analysis – Problem-solving – Thought provoking – Real life – Personal Opinion http://www.mcm.edu/elearning/Tutorials/PDF/Discussion_Questions_That_Work.pdfA

17 Questions Avoid asking questions that has – Yes / no responses – Facts – Regurgitation from textbook Compound questions???

18 Samples Using the information from chapters 7 & 8 on emotional intelligence, give your own example that illustrates at least three of the author’s main concepts. You may use a personal experience or you may create an example. Discuss three advantages and three disadvantages of xxxxxxxxxxxxxx. http://www.uwosh.edu/d2lfaq/teaching-resources/discussions/discussion-question-tips-and-pointers

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22 Demonstration uiuonline.com

23 Resources Mastering Online Discussion Board Facilitation https://www.edutopia.org/pdfs/stw/edutopia-onlinelearning- mastering-online-discussion-board-facilitation.pdf https://www.edutopia.org/pdfs/stw/edutopia-onlinelearning- mastering-online-discussion-board-facilitation.pdf Outcomes of Chat and Discussion Board Use in Online Learning: A Research Synthesis http://www.thejeo.com/Archives/Volume9Number2/Blackmo nPaper.pdf http://www.thejeo.com/Archives/Volume9Number2/Blackmo nPaper.pdf Engaging students in learning through online discussion: A phenomenographic study http://www.ascilite.org/conferences/hobart11/downloads/pa pers/Parisio-concise.pdf http://www.ascilite.org/conferences/hobart11/downloads/pa pers/Parisio-concise.pdf

24 Resources e-Coaching Tip 3: Developing Effective Questions for Online Discussions http://www.designingforlearning.info/services/writing/ecoac h/tips/tip3.html http://www.designingforlearning.info/services/writing/ecoac h/tips/tip3.html

25 Upper Iowa University Upper Iowa University www.uiu.edu CDE Professional Development Schedule

26 Upper Iowa University Upper Iowa University www.uiu.edu Center for Distance Education Education Services cdefaculty@uiu.edu Invitations to teach and course assignmentscdefaculty@uiu.edu eLearning Team elearning@uiu.edu Faculty training courses, academic course access, students enrollmentselearning@uiu.edu Instructional Design Services idservices@uiu.edu Online course design and development.idservices@uiu.edu UIU CDE Resources Website UIU CDE Faculty Tutorials Website


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