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Title: How to Build Coalescence in an Online Course


1
How to Build Coalescence in an Online Course
  • Presented by
  • Dr. Rose Kuceyeski
  • Professor, CIS/OAD
  • Owens Community College
  • Toledo, OH

2
While the term "distance" may have a negative
connotation, some literature suggests a more
accurate descriptor is "connected" learning
(Matthews, 1999).
3
My main focus has been on ways to engage
students, to build coalescence, and to minimize
paper in the course. This truly is a paperless
course.
4
Chat
Virtual Teams
Q A Thread
Discussion Board
Coalescence
5
Getting Acquainted
  • Create sessions through the DB or Listserv
  • Student Webpages - available throughout the
    entire semester for the students to review
  • Students e-mail short paragraph to facilitator

6
Use the Discussion Board as the communication
portal. Students can then help one another as
they would in the traditional class.
Discussion Board
Discussion Board
Discussion Board
7
Discussion Board Cont.
  • Post weekly topics to the DB based on assignments
  • Use guest speakers
  • Require students to reply to the facilitators
    posted topic
  • Require students to reply to at least one other
    students reply - Simply stating I agree with
    Sue is an unacceptable reply

8
Q A Thread
  • Advocate its use as a timesaving feature for
    everyone
  • Besides the facilitator monitoring this thread,
    students are also required to monitor this thread

9
Q A DB Thread Text
  • This is the thread you should all use when you
    have any questions about the course. Then, I can
    assist you along with other classmates. Make
    sure you change the subject line to describe your
    question.

10
Although we are dealing with technology, the
human factor is still very important. We need
people to function properly. Don't we?
11
Virtual Teams
  • There are three main purposes to forming Virtual
    Teams
  • .to create a buddy/support system
  • .to use in completing Virtual Team projects
  • .to prepare you for participating in teams in the
    corporate culture (competition in business today
    has created a desire and need for teams,
    Instructional Strategies, Vol.. 16 (1). March,
    2000)
  • to create "student connectedness

12
Success of VT
  • Provide suggestions on conducting teams
  • appoint a facilitator
  • determine a timeline for everyone to share their
    findings
  • subdivide the project into tasks that are
    identifiable

13
Success of VT Cont.
  • State some successful team habits
  • open-mindedness
  • openly and immediately deal with conflict
  • Discuss social loafing
  • the tendency for individuals to expend less
    effort when working collectively than when
    working individually

14
Chat
  • Maintain open office chat times for general QA
  • Require participation and preparation in at least
    ? sessions
  • pre-determined topics announced in advance
  • required readings, handouts
  • structured questions
  • not a free for all

15
Another Way to Connect with Students
  • Provide constant feedback

16
My Comments
  • To assure that students know the facilitator
    reads their DB responses, post an analysis of
    their combined responses under a thread My
    Comments
  • Highlight specific students responses each week

17
E-mail
  • Minimize e-mail whenever possible
  • If you have a need to contact me confidentially,
    then email me
  • Require students to use a subject line that will
    automatically send the e-mail to a specific
    course folder for organizational purposes

18
Comparison of CIS131 Delivery Methods Fall 99
00 Percent Averages
85
84
78
75
19
Final Exam Comparisons
20
Final Grade Comparisons
21
Role of the Facilitator
  • Engage students
  • accommodating differences in learning styles
  • Be responsive to students needs
  • Be flexible
  • Provide well-organized course materials
  • Syllabus
  • Assignments
  • FAQ
  • Handouts

22
Commitment
Communication
Organization
Planning
Successful Facilitating
23
Use DL Links
  • http//www.luthersem.edu/library/distanle.htm
  • http//www.kimsoft.com/dista.htm
  • http//www.uidaho.edu/evo/dist1.html
  • http//www.filename.com/wbt/
  • http//www.uwex.edu/disted/index.html
  • http//www.ed.psu.edu/acsde/
  • http//www.uwex.edu/disted/conf/
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