Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Tips for Making Group Projects Work

 

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Making Group Projects Work

The 5 Students You Meet in Group Projects

Elizabeth Hoyt’s article sorts out group work personality types while offering helpful suggestions on how to cope with the quirks of student performance.

Online Students Don't Have to Work Solo

Mark Liberman explains how well-designed online group work helps students learn the curriculum while they practice essential real-world productive collaboration skills.

How to Run Effective Group Projects in Online Education

Laura Lynch’s job-oriented article emphasizes the value of online group projects to simulate 'real-life work scenarios' that demand both synchronous and asynchronous collaboration skills.  

Give Every Student a Stake in Group Work

Are you looking for well a well-produced round-up of video series tips on group work? You found it. Scroll down the page for a set of thoughtful articles about this complex topic.

Four Ways to Structure a Winning Elearning Production Team

Kirsite Greany provides spot-on advice for Instructional Design teams tasked with creating elearning content. The emphasis is on defining and matching a team member's skills with the necessary roles needed to get the job done.

Three Ways to Improve Your Group Work Lesson Plan

Jeff Knutson describes the importance of restructuring student roles into interdependent shared ownership experiences to transform group work into true teamwork.

Teamwork and Group Project Rubrics

Jump to our Teamwork and Group Project Rubrics for timely tips.

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75 Digital Tools and Apps Teachers Can Use to Support Formative Assessment in the Classroom

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Rubrics Clarify the task - for teachers and students!

 

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EDUC 762 Assessment in E-learning

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EDUC 648 Math Assessment for Response to Intervention (RtI)

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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 six performance criteria.

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

Byrne demonstrates how to use the free online tool Quick Rubric in a five-minute video.

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Friday, September 4, 2020

Instructional Design Careers - Time for a new job?

 

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~ Nicole Michelon, Norfolk, Virginia

"I got a job ... a great job as an instructional designer, and it is all because of you. I have accepted a position with a prestigious federal employer. Wow, I never would have had the confidence to pursue this position without your invisible support."

~ Cally Mervine, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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Use an advanced 'search operator' to find web resources with "instructional design career" in the title. 

Type this in the search box - intitle:instructional design career

Instructional Design Careers

Trends in Hiring Instructional Designers: UW-Stout Instructional Design Career Center

Check here for current salary reports and job hunting advice. This page is part of a comprehensive ID career center created for UW-Stout students and open to all.

How to Break into Instructional Design

Mark Lieberman’s article from #Inside Digital Learning is rich in resources and hyperlinks. You will find insightful tips and early career advice from instructional designers working in higher education.

Is Instructional Design the Right Career?

Christy Tucker made the transition from high school teacher to a career as a highly successful instructional designer. She describes what it takes to make a move to instructional design. There are dozens of on-point articles to browse on Christy’s Experiencing Elearning blog.

Former Teacher Success Stories: Other Jobs for Teachers

Kari Kinesly shares many stimulating videos and interviews to discover. Success stories may help you find your way. You can also share your journey. Consider it.

Do You Need an Instructional Design Degree?

Tom Kuhlmann’s insights on the “back to school, or not” issue are grounded in real-world experience. His Rapid E-Learning Blog is rich in industry wisdom. You will also find a deep archive, including recent information on all E-Learning topics.

How I became an Instructional Designer: Interview with Xanthe

Xanthe Lawson’s career life story is fascinating. Her path from rural Australia to international instructional design resonates for all who desire to find their way as they learn.

How to Become an Instructional Designer by eLearning Industry

This eBook features ‘How I got here...’ stories from 24 accomplished instructional designers. Each designer shares tips, tricks, and insights about the job and art of instructional design. Read the book online, or sign up via LinkedIn with The eLearning Industry’s Network to download the book.

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Tech for your future: Skills you need now

 

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EDUC 651 Project-based Learning

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"You have opened my eyes to a whole new way to run my classroom, a better way for the students to learn."
          ~ Denise Tufts, Certified Nursing Assistant instructor HS, Greene, Maine

"I needn't limit myself to students watching videos at home and working in small groups in class. Instead, I can assist students in uncovering the concepts outside the classroom and use them in various classroom activities. The variety of possible activities is limitless."
           ~ Jennifer Belanger, Math Teacher, Douglas, Massachusetts

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Five Tech Skills You Need for the Next Decade

Podcasting

Cult of Pedagogy - Tips for Starting a Podcast
Listen or read about Jennifer Gonzlez’s process of creating podcasts. These tips are for teachers, students, or anyone who wants to tell their own story. This skill could take you anywhere. 

Virtual Reality

Google Virtual Tour Creator
Learn to build immersive VR tours using your 360-degree photos or Google Street View imagery. Get started quickly with Richard Byrne’s overview video — https://youtu.be/2s4rhDbyYo4  Oh, the places you’ll go!

Curation

These are two lesser-known, clever, and easy-to-use curation systems.
We swim in an ocean of information. Learning to filter, organize, reflect, and display digital information is an essential skill for 21st-century thinking.  

  • eLink
    Keeps things simple.
  • Webjets   
    Creates a multilevel bulletin board.

Digital Footprints

What Job Seekers, Employees, and Employers Need to Know About Social Media
Everything we do online becomes part of our virtual reputation. Managing your tracks and being aware of your professional presence online is both a life and job skill. This article provides insights into the practical and legal implications of social media. 

Mindful Technology

Can Well-Being Be Improved with Tech? (Or Is That Crazy Talk?)
Can tech, solve the problems tech causes? Patrick Palace provides an overview of mindfulness technology from wearables to smart yoga mats. Thought-provoking! 

 

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Tips for Engaging Online Learners

 

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EDUC 760 Elearning and Online Teaching

Learn how to integrate video conferencing tools, social media, discussion forums, assessment tools, learning management systems, screencasts, and closed-captioned videos.

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“She is an excellent example of an online educator, and I will take this experience and attempt to mirror it in my future teaching.”

EDUC 761 Collaborative Communities in E-learning - Online Facilitation Skills

Learn how to foster group interaction using online discussion boards, chat, Skype, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom.

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"...the course design fostered a level of cohesive participant interaction that I have not experienced in many places.”

“The instructor provided an effective model of online facilitation while teaching about online instruction. Every potential online instructor or trainer should take this class."

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How to Engage Learners Online

How To Create Engaging Discussion Forums

Yvonne Ho shares many ways to use a discussion forum to build a community of practice. Have you considered peer reviews, guessing games, role play, or case studies? Find ten different ways to make your forums effective.

When the Tide Goes Out: Identifying and Supporting Struggling Students in Online Courses

Marie A.Revak provides expert insight on engaging all learners. Look for six tips to help students struggling to adapt to online learning. 

An Open Letter to Teachers About Online Classes

Practical classroom insights from Jacqui Murray, a veteran K-8 Teacher turned adjunct professor. Her list of "pros & cons" will help you understand what it takes to teach online. 

Best Practices for Using Video in Online Learning

Learn about the effectiveness of micro-lectures as you rethink ways to deliver your traditional classroom content. Mary Fry includes tips for producing and integrating videos into your course. This article is part of TOPkit (Teaching Online Preparation Toolkit).

The Power of Online Discussions

A "best articles" archive of advice from the eLearning Industry. This rich curation of ideas about online discussion is especially appropriate for high school and college audiences. 

Online Learning Made Simple: How Experts Do It

Our colleagues, Susan Manning, Dan Balzer, and Jonathan Finkelstein, share wisdom. It helps to learn from experts with a wealth of experience in both synchronous and time-shifted online teaching and learning. 

Sample Discussion Board Rubric

A 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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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Coping with Video Conferencing and WFH (Working from Home)

 

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EDUC 763 Instructional Design for E-learning

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"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."
                                             ~ Ginnie Fleming, Online Instructor Grades 4-6
                                                 West Chester, Pennsylvania

 

Video Conferencing Success Tips with Google Meet, Zoom, Microsoft Teams

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.

Here's a short and smart list at the end of this article that will get you started:

Seven Remote Learning Strategies for Classrooms and Schools

 

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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" 

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Final call for the first course that begins on August 24.

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"Thank you for prepping me for the interviews. I have been hired by Aurora Health Care System as an Instructional Designer in the area of medical coding."

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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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