Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Managing Your Online Classroom - Why Instructional Design is "HOT"

Tips for Managing Your Online Classroom and Why is Instructional Design "Hot" 

Editor: Dennis O’Connor
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Why is Instructional Design "Hot"

What Does an Instructional Designer Do? 
Christy Tucker's most popular post has been revised repeatedly over the years. This type of continuous improvement is just one aspect of what it means to be an instructional designer. 

Best Practices for Video Use in Instructional Design
The first line of this piece sets the stage: "We can just record my existing PowerPoint slides." Kevin Lyon takes us beyond hopeful thinking and into the 'ethics of video lectures in instructional design.' Thought-provoking and detailed, this article will help you find your way. 

Creating an Instructional Design Portfolio  
When it comes to instructional design, it is essential to 'show what you know.' Devlin Peck shows you how to create your portfolio in this recent article. He starts with great examples, then walks you through the development process. 

Survey Report: The State of Instructional Designer Salaries 2020: 150+ IDs Tell Us What They Earn 
How much does this job pay? Pay is a complex question. This survey looks at major influences on salaries for Instructional Designers. Heads up: You'll need to complete Eduflow's survey to see the report.

Instructional Design Jobs 
Instructional Design Career Center: Job Boards to Find a Job as an Instructional Designer

Managing Your Online Classroom

Make the online experience more impactful for your students, as well as more rewarding for you.

QM Emergency Remote Instruction (ERI) Checklists by Quality Matters
Do you need reliable ideas to get remote instruction organized quickly? Here you'll find checklists for Higher Education, K-14, and a K-12 Companion for IEP & 504 Plans. Video orientation and links to many more resources are also available. 

7 Essential Strategies for New Online Distance Teachers
Strong advice and deep resources make this article a place to start as you gear up for a challenging school year. 

Inspirations: How Educators are Transforming the Education Process
Most educators are certain that if they don't begin school online in the fall, they'll eventually have to move to online. If a second wave of the virus hits the nation, or if social distancing and other precautions aren't possible in often-overcrowded schools, then remote teaching will be a reality.

Facing the uncertainty of schools reopening online or face-to-face, we all need inspiration. You'll find it here! 

COVID-19 Diaries: Tech Tools for Distance Learning
Milken National Educator Jennifer Reaves is a teacher and technology integration specialist working in a West Virginia elementary school. She shares four favorite tools to stay connected with students.

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Sample Video Conferencing Rubric


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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Emergency Toolkit: Assessment for Online Teachers

Aim First - Help your students hit the target. 


Rubrics for Video Conferencing, Online discussion, eportfolio, video projects, collaboration, teamwork

Here is basic training for all teachers heading into the unknown. We will all know so much more after the coming school year. 

Rubrics and Assessment Resources and Examples

https://www.uwstout.edu/academics/online-distance-education/online-professional-development/educational-resources-rubrics/rubrics-and-assessment-resources

Videoconferencing Rubric by Maggie Rouman with additional updates by Kathy Schrock

https://www2.uwstout.edu/content/profdev/rubrics/videoconferencing_rubric.html

EPortfolio (Digital Portfolio) Rubric by Joan Vandervelde

https://www2.uwstout.edu/content/profdev/rubrics/eportfoliorubric.html

Collaboration Rubric by Dr. Karen Franker

https://www2.uwstout.edu/content/profdev/rubrics/secondaryteamworkrubric.html

Elementary Teamwork Rubric by Dr. Karen Franker

https://www2.uwstout.edu/content/profdev/rubrics/elemteamworkrubric.html

Video Project Rubric by Joan Vandervelde

https://www2.uwstout.edu/content/profdev/rubrics/videorubric.html

Online Discussion Rubric by Joan Vandervelde

https://www2.uwstout.edu/content/profdev/rubrics/discussionrubric.html


Friday, July 24, 2020

Rubrics to help you hit the target now! Online Classes to hit the target

Courses and Rubrics

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Show Me, don't tell me: Quick Rubric Video Tutorial from Richard Byrne

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Featured Resources - Rubrics


Creating and Using Rubrics for Assessment 
Learn more about rubrics and alternative assessments. Find what you need by exploring dozens of categories and rubric examples


Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything: Assessment Rubrics
Rubrics, especially those that are revised as you use them, age very well.

Kathy Schrock gives us a deep archive of rubrics that she updates regularly.


Video Project Rubric
UW-Stout's most popular rubric. Includes design, production quality, and captioning.


Elementary Teamwork Rubric
Help your kids understand assessment criteria as they work together on end of the year projects.


Online Discussion Rubric
This rubric describes practices in the online classroom. Here you’ll find well-crafted criteria for critical analysis, community participation, etiquette, and quality of writing.


EPortfolio (Digital Portfolio) Rubric
What makes an exemplary EPortfolio? This rubric will show you the way.


Game Rubric: Assessing Student Learning in Virtual Simulations and Serious Games
A grading rubric created by Ann Bell with 6 performance criteria.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Emergency Toolkit: Can you hear me now? Audio Feedback. Formative and Summative Assessment Ideas

Emergency Toolkit: Audio Feedback. Formative and Summative Assessment Ideas
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In this issue...

1. Register for a Fall Online Course
2. Creating Audio Feedback
3. Tech Tip: Using Vocaroo to Make Voice Recordings

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Edutopia: Formative Assessment in Distance Learning by Andrew Miller

Schools are closed but schooling goes on, and it remains crucial that teachers find ways to see what students are learning.

Creating Effective Audio Feedback
Explore the benefits of incorporating audio feedback to build stronger instructor-learner connections. Discover free audio tools that quickly record comments-- often in less time than it takes to write them.
‘Speaking to Students’ with Audio Feedback
Debbie Morrison explains how to use a voice recorder app and Evernote to provide meaningful and useful feedback.  
Using Asynchronous Audio Feedback to Enhance Teaching Presence and Students’ Sense of Community(PDF)
Philip Ice and others share results of a study which found that students who received audio feedback “overwhelmingly” preferred audio over written feedback, and felt it increased perceptions of instructor caring as well as the sense of involvement in the course.  
Audio- the Personal Touch in Online Courses
Alastair Creelman reports on a study by Cavanaugh and Song which found that students in a composition course were more positive about receiving audio versus written feedback. Instructors tended to provide more global commentary via audio and more local commentary via written feedback.  
Teacher’s Visual Guide on Giving Audio Feedback to Students on Google Drive
Med Kharbach provides the steps to add audio comments to any Google document.  
Kaizena Adds Support for Giving Audio Feedback on Google Presentations
Richard Byrne describes how the Kaizena tool embedded in Google Drive allows instructors to add audio comments to Google presentations.  
Tech Tip: Using Vocaroo to Make Voice Recordings 
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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Where and How to Find Online Teaching Jobs (Part 1)

Teaching is the best job in the world. You help people. You spend your work life energy participating in an endlessly fascinating process. You also get paid to learn.

Online teaching adds geographical independence and a big dose of entrepreneurship to the life of a teacher.  I've found that to be a very good thing.

As an instructor and program advisor for the University of Wisconsin-Stout's Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program I teach online classes every semester.  Another very important part of my job is helping people find work.

I try to keep our students informed of new jobs as I find them. However,  every time I search I find thousands of online teaching jobs.  I can't republish them all but I do have an archive of online teaching  e-Jobs on my Scoop.it ELearning page.

The best thing you can do is learn to search for the e-Job you want.  Let me show you where you can find those job leads for yourself.  (Don't miss the RSS feeds highlighting e-jobs found in the right hand column of this blog.)

I'm convinced, that at this very moment, the perfect online teaching job is waiting for any talented teacher with the right combination of subject matter skills, elearning training and professional networking.

The ELearning Employment Triangle

e-learning employment triangle e-learning opportunities come from your subject matter expertise, 21st century networking skills and e-learning and teaching experience
The E-Learning Employment Triangle

With the proper qualifications, most work will come through your professional network. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't search directly for work and put together the necessary paperwork to land the online teaching jobs you seek.

UW-Stout Career Support (Open to everyone)

Here are some of the search engines that produce results.  

  • Take the time to set up accounts and upload fresh resumes or CVs.  
  • Be sure your online e-portfolios are polished and ready for a critical eye.  
  • Then start searching!
LinkedIn Job Search

 
HigherEd Jobs



Indeed.com



SimplyHired.com








One More Hint:  Jump in the Pool!

These snapshots represent searches for  recent jobs.  You can also search for all job listings because even if the institution doesn't have a job available right now, you might land one in the future.   Don't underestimate the power of getting your application into the Adjunct hiring pool.

Read More About Finding ELearning Jobs! 
Here are more articles about strategies for finding online work, and the kinds of preparation and paperwork you should be working on: 
  1. Where and How to Find ELearning Jobs
  2. Finding ELearning Jobs* This will help you see the big picture! 
  3. Finding Online Teaching Jobs: Are you a Online Teaching, Adjunct Instructor, K-12 Virtual Teacher? 
  4. E-Portfolios for Career Development: It's not just resumes anymore! This is why we require a portfolio based on your course work in the ELearning Certificate Program.
  5. Make Money Teaching Online Dr. Dani Babb helps you build great marketing plan for anyone looking for an academic online career.
  6. Successful Techniques and Proven Strategies for Finding Online Teaching Work
  7. Elearning and Online Teaching Career Center

Friday, June 26, 2020

Best Practices for Online Discussion: 16 Quality, Timing, and Value Added Response Tips

Expertly facilitated online discussion is the driving force for community in online classes. Creating norms for discussion quality and timing improve the dialog. This also helps the facilitator step back as students learn to deepen their online dialog.
 

The following quality, timing, and response tips were suggested by my network of e-learning professionals and by the participants in ELearning for Educators, part of the UW-Stout ELearning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program.

8 Quality and Timing Tips for Online Discussion:

  1. Focus on the prompt; follow the directions in the prompt closely.
  2. Respond to those who respond to you! This is essential!
  3. Avoid short "Me too" or "I agree" posts. Make your posts substantial
  4. Add value to the discussion (see below).
  5. Post early in the week. You'll get more response and become more engaged in conversation.
  6. Respond throughout the week; you help sustain the dialog.
  7. Avoid doing all of your posting at the end of the week. You miss out on interaction.
  8. Use direct quotations from your text or online source. (Cite the source so your reader can find it.)

8 Value Added Response Techniques:

  1. Ask a specific question (but avoid prompting yes or no answers).
  2. Ask an open ended (on topic) question that invites a response.
  3. Expand on the a specific element of the post.
  4. Provide a teaching story that illustrates the a main idea.
  5. Offer a different perspective on an essential idea in the post.
  6. Provide an online resource relevant to the topic (include a hyperlink).
  7. Describe a method you use in your practice.
  8. Provide a summary of the ideas posted so far (good when you come late to the conversation). 
  9. Create a mix of response styles; writing, audio and video keep things interesting.

Please Share tips and techniques you use to improve online discussion!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Become an Instructional Designer - Cohorts forming now!



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Monday, May 25, 2020

WFH? Working From Home - Coping Tips - UW-Stout Online Classes

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Editor: Dennis O’Connor
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EDUC 763 Instructional Design for E-learning

Learn proven strategies for designing online instruction to match today’s varied educational needs.
"I wish that I had enrolled in a course like this at the beginning of my venture into online teaching. This course showed me some beneficial tools and strategies. Anyone who is teaching online or thinking about teaching online should take this course."
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West Chester, Pennsylvania

How to Cope with Video Conferencing and WFH (Working from Home)

Do's and Don'ts of Video Calls by Students and Staff UCRiverside provides a video (1:48 minutes) as a quick way to teach your colleagues or students how to make professional video calls. This brief, amusing video is an upbeat introduction to "... the best practices of framing, lighting, etiquette, sound" and more. It will grab your attention!

Three Ways to Use Video Conferencing with Students Learning Remotely
Catlin Tucker's infographics explain structuring small group instruction, managing group discussion, and ways to video conference with students. Also, don't miss the rich Q&A found in the comments section.


Ditch That Textbook
If you need "...tips, tricks, templates..." to engage students new to remote learning, visit this remarkable blog. You will find a deep archive of free activities, e-learning eBooks, classes, guides, and templates. A former high school teacher, Matt Miller, understands the needs of classroom teachers.  This blog will help you customize your online teaching and video conferencing to meet student needs.

Video Conferencing Etiquette: Ten Tips for a Successful Video Conference
This quick read distills ten common sense (but often overlooked) suggestions for your next video conference. Meredith Hart's tips are appropriate for everyone working from home.

Additionally, OWL labs provide a free app, WFH (Work from Home), to help you organize your new normal life. 


121 Tools for Distance Learning; Strategies for Student Engagement
The Albert Team provides an extensive, well-organized list of e-learning tools, guides, benefits, and drawbacks. Just scrolling to the bottom of the page may seem overwhelming, but you'll find a wealth of resources to fit your circumstances.

Seven Remote Learning Strategies for Classrooms and Schools
Here's a short and smart list that will get you started.

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discussion rubric guides students in writing original posts and replies to other students. To simply agree or disagree with other students is not sufficient.

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