Monday, August 29, 2016

MVU: Online Class Size and Teacher Load

How does the number of students in an online course affect their learning outcomes?
Class Size and Teacher Load: The Effect on Students' Online Learning Outcomes
Wednesday, 8/31/16, 2pm EDT
Presenter: Dr. Chin-Hsi Lin, Michigan State University


Using a dataset of 12,032 enrollment records from a state virtual school in the 2013-14 school year, this study examined the effect of class size and teacher load on students’ learning outcomes. Join us to learn about the findings and their implications for online learning going forward.

All webinars are held via Adobe Connect (https://connect.mivu.org/mvlri). No registration is required. Attendees are encouraged to participate in our webinar sessions using the text chat window. We also encourage attendees to chat on Twitter using #MVLRIchat.
In our latest guest blog post, Dr. Yu-Chun Kuo of Rowan University examines the potential benefits of educational technology in preventing dropouts. Read it here.
The deadline has been extended on JOLR's call for articles for its special issue on K-12 blended learning to September 12th. Learn more about the issue and submission guidelines here.


 
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Getting the Graphics You Need

Editor: Shannon Mersand

Find the best resources for appropriate images to enhance newsletters, instructional design projects, or training materials.



Tips on the Effective Use of Graphics for Learning
Trisha Victorio explains why and how to use graphics to complement the content.

Why You Should NEVER Use Pictures from Google Images in Your Marketing
Anna Mazereeuw explains the dangers and consequences of using Google Image search to find images for projects.

20 Free Stock Photo Sites for your Social Media Images
Dara Fontein shares information about Creative Commons Zero and websites with free stock photos. Images are not limited to social media use.

75 Websites to Find Amazing Royalty-Free Images
Andy Nathan offers not only 75 websites to find royalty-free images, but also a detailed explanation of the various forms of fair use.

15 Places to Find Free Clipart
When clip art is what you need, check out these 15 places with a brief review of each one.

Tech Tip: Creating Custom Graphics


This 4 minute Simple Video Guide to Canva walks you through how to use Canva to create custom graphics.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Instructional Design Jobs - Tech Tips from UW-Stout

UW-Stout Online Professional Development

In This Issue

August and September Online Classes with Openings
Instructional Design Job Opportunities
Tech Tip: 7 Technical Tips for Creating Video Lectures
Featured Program
          Instructional Design Certificate 
Editor: Shannon Mersand
This e-newsletter is brought to you by University of Wisconsin-Stout College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

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Get the Training You Need: August Online Courses with Openings

Instructional Design Certificate – Begins August 22
E-learning and Online Teaching Certificate – Begins August 29
 


Instructional Design Job Opportunities

Find out how you can prepare for a job in the growing field of instructional design (ID).
UW Stout’s Instructional Design Career Center provides links to job boards, networking opportunities, and professional organizations, as well as hiring trends, and resources to build your resume, portfolio and volunteer experience. 
eLearning Industry’s free eBook shares stories from 24 instructional design professionals and answers to common questions about ID including tips on how to get started. 
Tom from Articulate provides a variety of articles with helpful advice for instructional designers.
Discover how infographics help showcase Instructional Design skills when graphic design skills are lacking.
Tips from iSpring to help your cover letter stand out from the crowd.


Find Instructional Design Positions

Check out job opportunities with community colleges/ universities, business and industry, Department of Defense, government (state and local), nonprofit/trade associations, educational companies, healthcare, K-12 school districts, retail/wholesale/distribution, insurance, marketing, manufacturing, travel/hospitality, and telecommunications.
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Thursday, July 14, 2016

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

Expertly facilitated online discussion is the driving force for community in e-learning 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 E-Learning for Educators, part of the UW-Stout E-Learning 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!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Peer Review and Summer Online Professional Development Courses from UW-Stout

In This Issue

Summer Online Courses with Openings
 
Peer Assessment and Review
Tech Tip: Latest Tricks for Windows 10 and OS X El Capitan

Featured Courses 
     EDUC 646 Using Games for Learning and Assessment
     EDUC 762 Assessment in E-learning
Editor: Shannnon Mersand
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Peer Feedback

Peer assessment and review provide powerful learning experiences and growth opportunities.

Peer Review of Student Assignments 


Peer Assessment
Cornell University provides a detailed guide that explains the why and how of peer assessment for student assignments.

Strategies for Peer and Self-Assessment for Easier Feedback


Adam Schoenbart provides a variety of strategies for getting students more involved in the feedback process.

Peer Assessment and ReviewRos Smith provides a powerful rationale for using peer assessment, as well as links to research involving peer review and evaluation, and helpful tools.

Peer Feedback in the Workplace

How to Get the Feedback You Need
Carolyn O'Hara discusses how to ask the right questions to promote the kinds of feedback needed to learn and grow.

What criteria can be used to judge the performance of people at work? 
Michael Cardus, a team building expert, shares the research of Elliott Jaques and Stephen Clement on what criteria to use when evaluating work.

6 Tips for Giving Feedback in the Workplace
Amanda Augustine provides 6 helpful tips for providing constructive feedback. 

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EDUC 646 Using Games for Learning and Assessment
Dr. Susan Manning
July 5 - July 29, 2016
1 graduate credit
How can games be used to support learning? What is the difference between game-based learning and gamification (for classroom management and motivation)? This course provides the fundamentals in an engaging self-paced environment that features strategies like badges and quests.
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~ Rick Gauger, Knapp, Wisconsin 
EDUC 762 Assessment in E-learning
Dr. Datta Kaur Khalsa
June 27 - August 19, 2016
3 graduate credits
Improve efficiency and teaching effectiveness with hands-on practice using online assessment tools. Practice strategies to detect, document, and minimize plagiarism in the online classroom. Develop rubrics for evaluating achievement of learning objectives. Apply current research and technology tools such as concept maps, blogs, wikis, online surveys and e-portfolios to create authentic assessments.
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45 Tips & Tricks You Need to Know to Master Windows 10
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EDUC 651 Project-based Learning in the Flipped Classroom
http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/flippedclassroom.cfm
Instructor: Maggie Rouman
06/20/2016 - 07/29/2016

EDUC 656 Bullying in Schools
http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/safeschool.cfm
Instructor Shannon Mersand
06/20/2016 - 07/29/2016

EDUC 760 E-learning for Educators
http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/elearning.cfm
Instructor: Maggie Rouman
June 27 - August 19, 2016

EDUC 762 Assessment in E-Learning
http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/assessonlineclass.cfm
Instructor: Dr. Datta Kaur Khalsa
June 27 - August 19, 2016

EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning  

http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/onlineclass.cfm
Instructor: Dr. Kay Lehmann
June 27 - August 19, 2016

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