Category: Online Courses

Creating a Sense of Instructor Presence in the Online Classroom

The following is from Magna Publication’s “Faculty Focus,” and was written by Rob Kelly.  As we move to move more courses online this Fall, I thought this would be a good reminder. Online instructors need to be intentional about creating a sense of presence in their courses so that students know that somebody is leading …

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Remote Teaching Recommendations

Today’s Faculty Learning Corner gives you resources, tips, and recommendations for moving forward with remote teaching.  The form was adapted from Oregon State University. Let the Helpdesk, CELT, and your instructional designers know what issues you run into as we transition to remote learning. Identify Expectations for Students Consider some of your expectations for students, …

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Things to Think About When Moving Your Classes Online

I wanted to share some tips from Dr. Rebecca Barrett-Fox, Assistant Professor at Arkansas State University,  to help you move forward through the transition to online teaching. Things to know about your students Here are some things to think about as you move online: Your students know less about technology than you think. Many of …

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Moving to Remote Teaching Quickly

Resources From friend and Instructional Designer Kristen‌ ‌Bourgault‌:  The following resources offer useful suggestions for educators who are being asked to quickly move into the online environment in response to school closures.  IDEAS FOR REACHING OUT TO STUDENTS How to Outreach Online StudentsVery quick, straightforward, one-page list with tips for reaching out to students in …

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Tips for Online Learning

Here in Sitka we do a lot of Online Teaching. The video below is from Michael Wesch, a faculty member at Kansas State University, who made the jump from face-to-face teaching to online teaching. He has ten tips for online teaching, which you can watch in the video below. Even those of you that have …

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Knowing Technology

Are students just out of High School more tech savvy than older, non-traditional students? Many have this perception! Young students may have grown up with technology, but do they know the technology we use in our on-line classes? Blackboard, Adobe Presenter, VoiceThread, even PowerPoint can become challenging if the student has never used it before. …

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12. Image Principle

The Image Principle says that people do not necessarily learn better from a multimedia lesson when the speaker’s image is added to the screen. This is definitely an area that needs more research.   So what are the pros and cons of adding the speaker’s image? On one hand, we know how important teacher presence is.  …

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11. Voice Principle

Last week we looked at the Personalization Principle, and found that a speaker with a conversational style will have more impact on learning than a formal style presentation.  Today we are going to dive into this a bit more with the voice principle.  The Voice Principle means that we learn more deeply when being spoken …

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10. Personalization Principle

The Personalization Principle means that conversational style is better than formal style.  Below is a video to introduce you to the principle – The first part of the video will make you want to turn it off, but keep watching – it starts with what not to do!! When we are teaching, whether we think …

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9. Multimedia Principle

The Multimedia Principle means that “words and pictures” are better than words alone.  There has been a lot of research in this area, and it has been found that learners do, in fact, gain more knowledge with words and pictures than if they were just presented with words alone. With computing power that has gotten …

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