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Title: Teaching Online While Having a Life Offline Suggestions for Making Better Use of Instructors


1
Teaching Online While Having a Life
Offline Suggestions for Making Better Use of
Instructors and Students Time in Online
Courses
  • Conference on Accounting Education
  • October, 2006
  • Andy Williams - Edmonds Community College
  • andy.williams_at_edcc.edu
  • http//faculty.edcc.edu/andy.williams/

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So, you are going to teach online?
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Perception
4
Reality
How do you survive?
5
Basic Assumptions
  • Instructors want to do a good job.
  • Students should be able to learn and achieve from
    taking the class.
  • Class should be enjoyable to teach.
  • Students want to achieve their goals.
  • Students are willing to invest reasonable time,
    energy and resources in the learning effort.
  • Class should be enjoyable to take.

6
Who are our students?

71 intend to transfer to university. 58 are
employed. 26 of accounting students have
children or other dependents. 18 do not have a
High School Diploma. 14 International
Students.
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Who are our students?
  • They have other responsibilities and interests.
  • My class is not their top priority.
  • They dont have enough time.
  • They are underprepared.
  • They need flexible learning opportunities.

8
They use technology
  • 75 of online teens use Instant Messenger.
  • 51 of online teens download music.
  • 91 of all adults online use email.
  • 73 of all adults online use internet to get
    news.

Source Pew Internet and American Life Project
Surveys
9
When are students online?
10
On what day of the week are students most active
online?
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Why are they enrolled in online classes?
  • Flexibility of online delivery format.
  • Schedule didnt allow me to attend on-campus.
  • Cant get to campus.

Source EdCC BCC survey of online course
non-completers
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Reasons for Withdrawing
  • I could not handle the combined study plus work
    or family responsibilities.
  • The online course was too unstructured for me.
  • I had personal problems.

Source EdCC BCC survey of online course
non-completers
13
  • What has the lowest student satisfaction level
    for those who withdrew from online classes?
  • Interaction with faculty

Source EdCC BCC survey of online course
non-completers
14
Communication with Students
  • Why dont they get it?
  • If they would just follow the instructions.
  • Cant they read?
  • Why are they taking an online class, anyway?

15
Communication with Students
16
Online Course Materials
  • What materials/techniques do students actually
    use?
  • What materials/techniques are not used?
  • How should I supplement materials with technology?

17
Instructor-generated Materials
  • I read the Course Materials posted in
    Blackboard, such as the instructor's notes and
    letters before I attempt the homework
    assignments.

18
Instructor-generated Materials
  • The Course Materials, such as the instructor's
    notes and letters, posted in Blackboard are
    helpful in understanding the learning objectives
    of the class.

19
Publisher Website
  • I read the materials posted on the Textbook
    Publisher's Website before I attempt the homework
    assignments.

20
Discussion Board
  • The postings in the discussion forum are
    helpful in understanding the learning objectives
    of the class.

21
Discussion Board
  • I read the postings in the discussion forum.

22
The Textbook
  • The textbook is helpful in understanding the
    learning objectives of the class.

23
The Textbook
  • I read the assigned reading from the textbook
    before I attempt the homework assignments.

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Improving Class Efficiency and Effectiveness
  • Invest time and energy in high-value activities.
  • Effectively organize teaching materials.
  • Instruct students on how to use course resources.
  • Interaction with students is high-value.
  • Feedback on assignments is high-value.
  • Automate and delegate low-value activities.
  • Use tools and resources in Blackboard.
  • Make use of non-instructor generated materials.
  • Delegate responsibility for some activity to
    students.

25
Course Set-up
  • Organize course before quarter begins!
  • Use previous materials if they were effective.
  • Use Course Copy tool.
  • Update if necessary. Avoid duplication.
  • Delete old/unused/superfluous.
  • Pace your class. Organize by weeks/units.
  • Use Availability tool to open materials
    automatically.
  • Use a Calendar.
  • Establish a schedule and keep to it.

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Managing Instructor Workload
  • Keeping up with the conversation
  • Laissez-faire vs. censorship
  • How to stop the conversation!
  • Feedback and assessment
  • Use the Discussion Grader
  • Outreach to non-performers?

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Set-up - Establish Expectations
  • Course Contracts/Rules of Engagement
  • How to Take This Course
  • Use introductory survey to define and establish
    consent for schedule, time commitment,
    participation and other requirements.

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Manage Accessibility
  • Announce when you will be available, and when you
    are not.
  • Limit communication tools to what you actually
    use.
  • Use discussion board for ALL class questions.
  • Use personal email or IM for personal questions,
    office hours, advising, etc.
  • Batch, summarize and standardize.
  • Use the delete key and the remove button.

29
Managing Discussions
  • Plan ahead. Use forums and threads deliberately.
  • Delegate and outsource.
  • Subject Matter Experts.
  • Cut and paste questions into responses.
  • Respond on a schedule. Dont be available 24/7.
  • Provide alternate space. (anonymous, rants, etc)

30
A solution - Use Technology to Talk to Students
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Whats a Podcast?
  • Podcasting is the method of distributing
    multimedia files, such as audio programs or music
    videos, over the Internet for playback on mobile
    devices and personal computers.
  • Podcasting's essence is about creating content
    (audio or video) for an audience that wants to
    listen or watch when they want, where they want,
    and how they want.
  • Wikipedia

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Sample Podcasts
  • AW Web Pages
  • University of Washington
  • iTunes University
  • UC Berkeley on iTunes
  • Mr. Excel Video Podcast
  • CPA Podcasts
  • Podcast Alley
  • Podzinger
  • Education Podcast Network


33
Berkeley iTunes Site
34
UC Berkeley - Intro to Computers
35
EdCC iTunes Site
36
Student Comments
  • It was a pleasant surprise to be greeted with a
    podcast welcoming me to the class at the
    beginning of the course.
  • Now with the podcast I feel that I have even
    more of an opportunity to be successful in this
    course.
  • I like having your lecture notes and the
    podcast, it makes it seem like it's more class
    room like.

37
Why add Podcasts to Course Materials?
  • Audio connection with students
  • Easier heard than read?
  • Time shifting - Convenient and flexible
  • Technology comfort level

38
Manage Assessments
  • If you assign it, youll have to grade it!
  • Use the Assignment Manager in Bb. Use Grade Book
    for individual feedback.
  • Use self-graded/auto graded quizzes.
  • Communicate standards and feedback time.
  • Use Edit features in Word and Excel.
  • Post excellent student work as an example.

39
Manage Yourself
  • Set limits and a schedule, and keep to it.
  • Set deadlines and keep to them.
  • Use one set of standards for all.
  • Students lack of planning is not an emergency
    for instructors.
  • Take a break. Take a day off.

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Tips for Student Success
  • Plan ahead!
  • Familiarize yourself with Due Dates. You are
    responsible for knowing them.
  • Check frequently and keep up with new postings in
    the Course Work area and Discussion Forum.
  • Periodically review the Syllabus and Course
    Schedule. Print them out, and post them on a
    wall, desk, computer, etc. where you'll be
    working.

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Tips for Student Success
  • Organize Early - Use a large 3-ringed binder to
    store and organize course printouts.
  • Print-out assignments as reminders. Keep a copy
    of the schedule (or schedule updates) near your
    work station.
  • Copy everything you send to me and your
    classmates.
  • Have a back-up plan for the inevitable
    technological breakdowns.

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Tips for Student Success
  • Program Your Day Plan to devote at least
    fifteen hours a week for class work, as you would
    need to do to succeed in a face-to-face class.
  • Work ahead of schedule and consistently
    throughout the week. Dont wait until the last
    minute to do it all!
  • Create a contract or support list to remind you
    and others that your designated work time is
    "sacred" and that you need as much support as you
    can get.
  • Program Your Head Most students who fail
    on-line classes do so because they think they
    have tomorrow to do the assignments. There is
    no tomorrow there is only NOW.

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Take a real break!
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