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Title: Naugatuck

Naugatuck Valley Community College
Roles in Online Learning
  • Presented by
  • SysAdmin Virginia Beetz
  • WebCT Admin Eileen Medinger
  • Course Designer Barbara Caserta
  • Naugatuck Valley Community College

Roles in Online Learning
Roles in Online Learning
  • At NVCC
  • System Administrator
  • WebCT Administrator
  • Course Designer
  • Student
  • Once everyone understands their roles, online
    learning begins.

Role of Technology
Role of Technology
  • In a Classroom
  • Student, Teacher, Content
  • Desks, Chalkboard, Overhead Projector
  • In an Online Classroom
  • Student, Teacher, Content
  • Technology, Software, Communication
  • Source Practical Tips for Teaching Online
    Groups, Hanna, Dudka, Runlee

Role of Technology
  • Always present in online learning
  • Needs attention constantly
  • Upgrades
  • Backups
  • 24x7x365
  • Becomes the classroom, desks, and chalkboard

Role of System Administrator
  • Invest in a SysAdmin
  • Responsibilities include
  • Server setup
  • Network connections and Internet access
  • Security issues
  • Include your SysAdmin in all aspects of course

Role of System Administrator
  • Additional SysAdmin duties
  • Student Helpdesk, troubleshooting
  • Import student lists, course lists
  • Course Backups
  • Firewall access
  • Loading e-packs
  • Get friendly with your SysAdmin

Role of WebCT Administrator
Role of WebCT Administrator
  • Coordinator for online learning
  • The Trainer
  • Trains the course designers (faculty)
  • To use software (WebCT)
  • To use communication tools
  • To monitor the course

Role of WebCT Administrator
  • The Media expert
  • Instructional designer
  • Guides in design of course
  • Ensures consistency in course quality, style
  • Graphic designer
  • Creates visuals and graphics
  • Designs web-based materials

Role of WebCT Administrator
  • The learner liaison
  • Serves as a point of contact for the learner
  • Organizes structure for NVCCs online learning
  • Student Helpdesk

Role of WebCT Administrator
  • The Coach
  • Develops policies for marketing and registration
  • Builds the catalog of online courses
  • Supports the course designer and student
  • Evaluates online experiences
  • Develops strategies to improve online experiences

NVCCs Online Learning
Begins here . . .
Role of Course Designer
What Makes a Good Distance Learning Course?
Education isn't play -- and it can't be made to
look like play. It is hard, hard work.
  • "I believe that the motion picture is destined to
    revolutionize our educational system and that in
    a few years it will supplant largely, if not
    entirely, the use of textbooks."
  • Quotes by Thomas Alva Edison

Darned if I know . . .
  • . . . but, from my experience, I do know
  • State clearly, at the beginning of the course,
    what is expected of the student
  • How This Course Works
  • Course Calendar (Time-Tracker)
  • Approximate weekly time commitment
  • Frequent Online Testing
  • Allows the instructor to track progress on a
    topic-by-topic level.

What Makes a Good Distance Learning Course?
  • State clearly what the faculty member is expected
    to provide
  • 24-48 hour turnaround on answering messages
  • Tracking students progress online
  • Providing face-to-face assistance
  • Build relationships online
  • student-to-student
  • student-to-faculty

What doesnt work . . .
  • Live Chats with Instructor
  • ... it was hard to have a chat room scheduled
    for a specific date (and time). We all take the
    class because making the commitment to a specific
    time is not in our schedules.
  • Solution
  • Break the class into groups of 3 or 4. Assign
    each group a project. Have a threaded Discussion
    Forum and an (optional) Chat Room available for
    each group.

Real Students do Attend Virtual Classrooms
  • Course Tools (Offline CD)
  • This is the second on-line math course I have
    taken. I like the fact that you can use the
    software offline for this course. The last one
    required you to be online for all work except

Increase Class Participation
  • Required Threaded Discussion Forum
  • Homework questions are posted by the instructor
  • Answers are posted by the students
  • Communicate student-to-student
  • Additional required postings by students to
    verify their classmates results

What Ive Learned as a Distance Learning Course
  • Begin planning the course two semesters before
    the course is offered.
  • Two semesters before
  • Select delivery method, text and/or software
  • Carefully preview publishers materials
  • One semester before
  • Develop the actual course and its content

Into the Classroom
This way to Ms. Casertas College Algebra . . .
Requires username and password
Speaking from Experience
  • Roles to play
  • System Administrator
  • Handles the technology
  • WebCT Administrator
  • Coordinates online course development
  • Course Designer
  • teaches the course
  • Student
  • Enjoys the experience!
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