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Title: Active Learning Ideas

Active Learning Ideas
  • WebCT

Level 1 Web supported / Web-presence
  • Web supported (Web-presence) courses are courses
    where basic materials about the course and / or
    instructor are placed on a web site to provide
    ease of access to course information.

Level 1 Web supported / Web-presence (Examples)
  • Online Course Materials Materials/Handouts/Grades
  • Course materials/handouts and grades can be
    accessed from the web. Examples include
  • Course syllabus
  • Instructor Information
  • Course handouts
  • Grades
  • On-Ground Activities
  • All course activities, discussions, tests, etc.
    occur in the on-ground course (face-to-face).

Level 1 Web supported / Web presence
Level 2 Web-enhanced courses
  • Web-enhanced courses follow a traditional
    curricular design but incorporate various online
    activities to enhance learning and support class
    management and delivery.

Level 2 Online Course Activities
  • Email or Discussion Board
  • Email or the Discussion Board is used for
    communication and possibly handing in short

Level 2 Email Example
  • Prior to class time students
  • send an email to the instructor (or post to the
    discussion board) their pre-class writing
    assignments, a short paper.
  • The instructor responds to these messages or
    postings in class.
  • No online interaction is involved.

Level 2 Email Example
  • Students would
  • Describe in their own words some idea from the
  • Give personal examples and state their
    prospective on the topic
  • State the part of the assignment they had the
    most difficulty understanding (their muddiest

Level 2 Email Example
  • Benefits for Students
  • Informs the student what the professor finds
  • Insures that students are prepared for class.
  • Helps students to master the material at a deeper
  • Putting ideas into their own words transfers the
    information they have read into long term memory.
  • Students construct knowledge when they create
    their own examples
  • Benefits for Instructors
  • Instructor scans documents before class and so
    has a better idea of what students understand

Level 2 Web-enhanced courses
Online Activities
On Ground Activities
Level 3 Hybrid / Blended / Web Centric courses
  • Courses in which a significant portion of the
    learning activities have been moved online,
  • Time traditionally spent in the classroom is
    reduced but not eliminated
  • A deliberate curricular design that includes the
    blending of the best pedagogy of in-person
    instruction with the best pedagogy of
    technology-enriched online experiences to meet
    course learning objectives
  • Creates an educational atmosphere that promotes
    active learning.

Level 3 Hybrid / Blended / Web Centric courses
Level 4 Web-based / Full web courses
  • The majority of class interaction and management
    takes place in the online environment
  • May include synchronous and/or asynchronous
    learning activities
  • May require proctored exams and may include
    opportunities for face-to-face orientations, but
    there are no physical class attendance

Level 4 Web-based / Full web courses
Level 4 Creating Learning Modules
  • Learning modules are usually designed around
    teaching a particular concept. Check out some
    of the learning modules (objects) posted on the
    MERLOT web site, http//

Level 4 Content Module Settings
  • A content module may be set to become available
  • After a certain date
  • When a student completes a certain quiz
  • When a student completes a certain quiz and earns
    a grade greater than a specific percentage.
  • When a student uploads an assignment to an
    assignment drop box.
  • To only a specific student(s)

Level 4 Creating Learning Modules
  • A link to file that introduces the topic.
    (PowerPoint presentation with audio narration
    converted using Impatica or a video)
  • A link to a web page containing a text
    transcription of the presentation or video.
  • A link to a file containing a reading, or a
    reference to a reading, that provides more
    in-depth information about the topic.
  • A link to the glossary tool
  • A link to a image database

Level 4 Creating Learning Modules
  • A link to a web address outside of the course
  • A link to CD ROM content
  • A link to any type of file. (Students may need
    additional software or plug-ins to view or
    manipulate the file.)
  • A link to a file that contains assignment
  • A link to the Assignment Tool
  • A link to the Quiz Tool

Assignment 1
  • Identify the level of online-ness you want to
    create for each of your courses
  • Request course shells - http//
  • Browse through WebCT Support web site
  • Make sure that you read the information found
    through the link, Maintenance/Backups.
  • Make an appointment with Faculty Instructional
    Technology Center, staff or take Intro WebCT

Active Learning Categories and Associated Tools
  • Communication/Collaboration
  • Email
  • Discussion
  • Student Presentation Tool
  • Student Homepages

Communication/Collaboration (Email, Discussion,
Student Presentation Tool, Student Homepages)
Active Learning Categories and Associated Tools
  • Rote-Learning
  • Self Tests Quizzes that are not graded and can
    be taken multiple times
  • Respondus
  • StudyMate Modules
  • Quandary

Active Learning Categories and Associated Tools
  • Simulation
  • Impaticized PowerPoint or PowerPoint presentation
    in original form
  • Flash Animation
  • Video

Active Learning Categories and Associated Tools
  • Presentation of New Topics
  • Readings
  • Online audio enhanced presentations
  • Impaticized PowerPoint presentations
  • Video presentations

Active Learning Categories and Associated Tools
  • Gaming/Role Playing
  • Text based
  • discussion board
  • Flash-based
  • Many other programmed tools

Active Learning Categories and Associated Tools
  • Student Evaluation
  • Quiz Tool
  • Assignment Tool
  • Student Presentation Tool
  • Discussion board postings and associated rubric

Assignment 2
  • Create
  • A detailed plan for one of course at the level of
    online-ness that you specified in assignment 1.
  • A general plan for taking that same course to the
    next level of online-ness.
  • Share this plan with an, Instructional Technology
  • Share your plan with another faculty member who
    teaches the same subject as you or a faculty
    member who you feel comfortable sharing with.

Evaluating Student Learning Projects
  • Assign projects that require students to utilize
    and synthesize concepts they have learned in
    other course activities.
  • turn in these projects through the assignment
    drop box or by uploading them to a public or
    private student presentation area in WebCT.
  • Individual Student Projects
  • Group Projects

Evaluating Student Learning Quizzes
  • Question types
  • multiple choice, matching, short answer, and
    paragraph. Multiple choice, matching, and short
  • Link to images with missing labels.
  • Students type in multiple short answers each
    worth a portion of the total question value.
  • Link to audio files.
  • Students listen to the audio file and answer
  • Site license For Respondus and StudyMate

Evaluating Student Learning Grading Discussion
  • Develop a grading rubric that
  • Encourages class discussion
  • Makes the composition of postings pleasant and
  • Is not overwhelming for the instructor to use
    when it becomes time to grade

Assignment 3
  • Create assignments and assessments for your
    course. Create at least one quiz, one discussion
    board grading rubric, and one student project.

Disabilities / Accessibility
  • After storyboarding Learning Module activities
    revaluate them to make sure all activities are
    accessible to students with disabilities.
  • Develop pages that are accessible to "all" users
    who may want to access them. http//

Assignment 4
  • Evaluate each of your course activities for
    accessibility issues. Make a plan for resolving
    these issues.
  • Read through each of the handout appendices
  • Download and install MTSU eLearning site license
    software and install on you computer. (PC users