23 abril, 2010

Online Teaching at NKI - Learning Object Unit 2

For the Unit 2 of the course Pedagogical Processes of eLearning, I continued my research about Norwegian Knowledge Institute (NKI) Online Education model.

For Unit 1 I developed an LO about Cooperative Freedom in NKI explaining how the theory of Cooperative freedom influences the learning experience of an online student.

For the Learning Object of Unit 2, I decided to explore what are the Online Teaching Techniques used by the teachers at NKI and how they interact with their students throw the NKI's LMS - SESAM.

(Click at Full Screen for better reading)Online Teaching on NKI
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I had some limitations on accessing the real SESAM LMS, but I think this LO offers an good initial overview of how the teachers at NKI develop their teaching techniques, communication, assessment and feedback for students progress.
For Unit 3 I will try to show how transparency between online students can promote a more engaging learning community, with a lite help of social networking features.

Hope you enjoy the LO.

09 abril, 2010

Online Teaching Techniques - an Annotated Bibliography

The following Bibliography is related to Online Teaching Techniques that can be applied on Online Education. 
Imagine you're a teacher that as been invited to tutor, for the first time, an online course. How can you make the transition from a classroom to an online educational environment?
The following articles and resources were selected to help teachers that want to learn how to develop online teaching techniques.

The first reading I recommend is:

1. Terry Anderson. “Teaching in an Online Learning Context.” In Theory and Practice of Online Learning. http://cde.athabascau.ca/online_book/ch11.html#one.  

This resource is the 11th Chapter of the book "Theory and Practice of Online Learning" provided by the Athabasca University and the author is Dr.Terry Anderson Professor & Canada Research Chair in Distance Education. 
In this chapter “Teaching in an Online Learning Context” the author "outlines the three major components of teacher presence, and provided suggestions and guidelines for maximizing the effectiveness of the teaching function in online learning". 
Those three components are: design and organization, facilitating discourse, and direct instruction. Reading this chapter should be the first step to all teachers when creating an online course.

After this introductory reading, I would recommend the following presentation:

2. Geoffrey Cain, M.S. “Seven Principles of Effective Teaching Online.” http://www.slideshare.net/geoffcain/seven-principles-of-effective-teaching-online-presentation.

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This presentation is very important for two reasons: 
1. It shows 7 teaching principles for face-to-face teaching and compares them to online tutoring. The information is very well designed and explained, making this presentation a valuable learning resource for teachers.
2. By comparing the face-to face teaching to online teaching, this presentation can help teachers that have to face, for the first time, the transition between these learning environments.

After reading the above resources, a teacher may be considering "What activities and techniques may I use in a online course?". For that question I recommend the reading of the following resources, that are all about online teaching techniques:

3. “Course Redesign Guide.” Centre for Teaching and Learning - Queen's University. http://www.queensu.ca/ctl/goodpractice/technology/resources.html#designing.

In this web page you will find the Course Redesign Guide that "can be used to guide the development of learning objectives and the linking of a each instructional component to a course objective".
The guide is structured by types of learning objectives (Know, Do and Think), teaching and learning techniques and types of technology that a teachers can use for their online courses. It's a great resource because it rounds up critical points about online teaching for teachers that are starters in elearning.

Is this report, the Hanover Research Council reviews the best practice teaching strategies in the field of online education. I this divided in three sections: 
1. Overview of the Principles, Guidelines, and Benchmarks for Online Education: best practices for online teaching with a review of the variety of guidelines and principles of online education.
2. Best Practices in Online Teaching Strategies: strategies for  planning and management of online instruction, the actual teaching process and student assessment and evaluation.
3. An Exemplary Program and Examples of Effective Practices: examples of an award-winning online education program and the teaching practices of three award-winning instructors. 
This report is highly recommended for teachers that want to learn the best studied strategies for online education. After reading some teaching techniques in the above resources, this report will show you which ones are the best for the development of effective online learning and teaching.

Finally and because we are in the age of Web 2.0, I must include the following presentation, that illustrates that online learning it's not only what happens inside a LMS.

5. Sanjaya Mishra. “Designing Online Learning, Web 2.0 and Online Learning Resources” apresentado em National Workshop on Development of Self Learning Materials for Distance and Online Learning., 2009. http://www.slideshare.net/missan/designing-online-learning-web-20-and-online-learning-resources.

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In this presentation, the author illustrates what is Online Education and the educational theories that support it. This presentation is very useful for new e-teachers because it shows some tools and teaching techniques used in online education and how the Web 2.0 can evolve those processes to new learning and teaching strategies. If you are a teacher that wants to develop online course, use these tips given by Prof. Sanjaya Mishra! 

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