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online learning in a hurry episode 12 – teacher presence

Teacher presence is critical to any healthy online conversation. Think about the things that you need to do in a face 2 face classroom and imagine what that’s going to look like online. Set a tone that people understand. Make clear what your expectations are. Don’t think of posts online as a discussion with you, …

online learning in a hurry episode 11 – you can’t teach that online

There are certainly ‘skills’, physical things you’ll do with your hands, that are not going to be something you can replicate online. If you focus on what people really need to know to be a professional in the topic your working on, you can, maybe, teach those literacies online. photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tomhilton/5599966437

Online learning in a hurry episode 8 – Web based curriculum

I think we can launch students onto the web to learn from the field itself. Given them a challenging question. Ask them to figure out who the leading voices are on a given subject. Let them make real connections to the work of real people. The community can be the curriculum. Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxypar4/2124673642

Online learning in a hurry 5 – DON’T COVER THE CONTENT

You don’t need to ‘cover the content’. You can take this time to, you know, try and make your content interesting. Or engage with your students. Think deeply if you really need to ‘cover’ those last three chapters or if your time is better served engaging with one important concept that is critical for your …

Online learning in a hurry 4 – Discussion forums

Discussion forums are a great way to interact with your students. You can, mostly, use them as a replacement for traditional lecture. If you imagine taking an article of interest, recording a 5 min video or asking a challenging question, a discussion forum can allow your students to come to know together while they respond.