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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.
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.
A properly crafted question can engage students’ interest, foster ideas and contributions from other students, and in little time at all help transform what may have been an uninspired or “flat” classroom into a hotbed of learning in which the ideas and comments of one student are quickly built on by another.
With the availability of VoiceThread, technology that allows educators to host secure conversations using media that include videos, images or presentations, students can now post comments within a lecture itself. An expert in distance education program development, discusses how VoiceThread can add a whole new element of interaction to an online course.
Managing the workload of an online course can be more challenging than managing a face-to-face course.
This 20 Minute Mentor program will walk you through an online instructor checklist created at Penn State University. When you have completed it, you will have created an instructor’s course manual that will help you stay organized, manage your workload, and keep your students working toward the learning goals.
If you’re teaching your first online class next semester, and you’re completely confident you know exactly what to do … then you’re probably the first. If, on the other hand, you have more questions than answers, this Magna 20 Minute Mentor program is tailor-made for you. We provide you with a 12-step framework for online teaching success.
For instructors interested in exploring blended learning, deciding which course elements to teach face-to-face and which to address through online technology can be a major stumbling block. Learn a framework for making those essential educational judgment calls in this 20 Minute Mentor program. Be confident that your selection of which materials to present online and which to present in the classroom will provide the best learning experience for your students.
When conducting online faculty peer reviews, guidance for the reviewer is vital. Starting with a set of standards is a critical first step that is sometimes neglected. This Magna 20 Minute Mentor program walks you through a step-by-step guide created at Penn State University. The guide is based on Chickering and Gamson’s Seven Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education and is adapted for online teaching.
ADDIE stands for Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. It is a helpful course design format and a theory-driven, reality-tested approach to blended course design. Use a research-based formula for designing your blended learning course and deliver an impactful learning experience.
Establishing effective communication in online classes can be challenging. This program shows you how to use technology to create an effective online learning environment. You will learn five essential steps to enhance your online communication.
Blended learning, which combines face-to-face classroom instruction with supervised online activities, is one of the hottest topics in higher education today. Blended learning is here to stay. Learn how to take advantage of online technology to better your students’ learning experience and improve your instruction. Find out in this 20 Minute Mentor program how you can fuse the best of traditional techniques and cutting-edge online technology.
Effective blended course design requires faculty to reconsider their role in learning. It calls for rethinking your approach to students, teaching, technology, and your colleagues. Whether you are new to blended learning or a seasoned pro, this program will take your course to the next level by exploring three avenues you can focus on for improvement.
Office hours for online faculty might sound like an oxymoron, but in this Magna 20 Minute Mentor you’ll discover web-based tools you can use to connect with your students.