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If you’re an online educator, creating online video content is no longer an option. It’s a virtual requirement in today’s online environment, where students expect your curriculum to keep pace with new technologies. Unfortunately, even if faculty would love to make their students happy, most educators don’t understand how to create online video, and budget shortfalls are limiting training opportunities. Learn all about video creation from inception to viewing and discover simple ways to effectively create and deliver online video content.
College professors know their course material and how to deliver online instruction. What most faculty members don’t understand, however, are the legal risks involved with teaching these distance education classes. We introduce you to the top legal concerns of online programming, explain how to avoid the biggest legal mistakes, and look at ways to safeguard your institution’s distance education offerings.
Building effective learning experiences for increasingly diverse learners while facing financial constraints is one of the most important challenges higher education faces today. Blended instruction can help, but it takes work to fuse the worlds of face-to-face and online instruction. Veronica Diaz, associate director of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, shows you how to make the best of both worlds.
The curriculum for your online course is finished, but a strong curriculum is only half of the equation. To be successful in online education, you must also pay attention to the manner in which your course is facilitated. We introduce you to Assessing Online Facilitation (AOF) and the carefully-researched structure that makes it such a valuable self assessment and peer evaluation tool.
Blended learning is one of the most talked about trends in higher education today, with a documented ability to improve student performance more than either face-to-face instruction or online technology can independently. Learn how you can design a course making the best of both worlds in this new 20 Minute Mentor Blended Learning 4-pack.
In this Magna 20 Minute Mentor, you’ll explore what Facebook does well and how you can harness social media to support face-to-face and e-learning objectives for your students.
Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) have emerged as a tool for instructors to improve the teaching experience. Studies show that faculty members who engage in FLCs see improved student learning and engagement, increased attainment of tenure, and greater civic involvement by their fellow faculty members. This online seminar offers 16 recommendations to implement a successful FLC at your institution.
Despite all its promise, online education faces serious obstacles. High drop-out rates and an increasingly skeptical Congress have caused many to question the effectiveness of online education – a disturbing trend in times of tight budgets. This seminar introduces you to the latest methods for leveraging analytics in the instructional design process and ultimately improve your courses.
Effective feedback is a critical component of the learning process for online students. It serves an important role in keeping them motivated and engaged.
Learn a set of strategies for reducing feedback’s burden while maintaining the high quality that contributes so much to students’ growth and learning.
Learn the tools and strategies that will help you establish and maintain a respectful and fruitful feedback loop with your students. Discover how to add effective and constructive two-way communication channels to your online courses from online communication guru Jill Schiefelbein.
To thrive in the fast-changing, highly-competitive niche of online education, institutions eagerly explore new learning tools. Synchronous learning–live and interactive chat–is one approach that has been shown to engage students and enhance learning. We provide a thorough handbook for incorporating synchronous elements into online course design–and how real-time chat can take online learning effectiveness to the next level.
This 90-minute seminar, led by Ike Shibley, Ph.D., offers proven strategies for technology to increase flexibility and access, improve student performance, and manage costs. With experience and expertise with technology and course design, Shibley helps you harness the opportunities of technology at your own school.
Frequent low-stakes grading is a strategy that incorporates many small, low-pressure assignments keeps students thinking about course materials and alerts instructors to comprehension problems before the high-stakes term papers and exams roll around. Frequent low-stakes grading is a beneficial approach in all of higher education, but it is particularly powerful in the online environment because it keeps students focused, on track, and provides regular feedback.
There are ways to effectively adapt your teaching content to the various communication channels available. No matter where you are at on the online teaching spectrum this seminar will supply you with the tools you need to take the next steps toward mastery and effectiveness. This seminar shows you specifically how to add your personality, and engage and interact with students
In order to teach others, you have to fully understand the material yourself. Why not apply that concept to your students? If your students must not only repeat the material but also build it into a story via social media so their peers can respond, they will take ownership of their knowledge in a way that traditional testing cannot inspire.
Document sharing software is a proven and effective way to facilitate group projects. With capabilities that allow for shared review, editing and other tasks, document sharing improves collaborative learning by making interaction more streamlined, efficient and convenient. It helps accelerate learning and makes group work more meaningful. Learn how to use free programs and setup group projects with this seminar.
Teaching online requires shifts in your approach. This program gives you the instructional and logistical perspectives to succeed in the virtual classroom. Starting with a clarification of terms, you’ll see how the synchronous environment of the online classroom lends itself to using other media to draw students in.
Save time and significantly improve student outcomes by using Voice Feedback. Research shows that students value and are far more likely to incorporate voice feedback in completing their assignments than written feedback. We explain the benefits of using voice feedback and walk you through the process of how to incorporate this approach into your teaching.
Learn how to define, describe, and decide between synchronous activities and asynchronous online activities in this 20 Minute Mentor program. Emphasizing learning objectives over technology, this session walks you through a decision-making process based on what you want students to learn and helps you find the most effective way for them to process it.
This 20 Minute Mentor program covers the process of online course conversion, from initial course review to working with technology. You’ll learn her step-by-step approach to maximizing the educational benefits of blended learning—in a minimal amount of time—by making the most of what you’re already doing and using technology to enhance student engagement and learning.