Preparing Teachers to Teach in Online and Blended Learning Environments

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Preparing Teachers to Teach in Online and Blended Learning Environments. DR. Paul Resta, U. of Texas, Austin Jarl Jonas, Blackboard Inc Monday, February 14, 2011. Welcome and Introductions. Jarl Jonas jarl.jonas@blackboard.com Sr. Program Manager CourseSites - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Preparing Teachers to Teach in Online and Blended Learning EnvironmentsDR. Paul Resta, U. of Texas, AustinJarl Jonas, Blackboard Inc

Monday, February 14, 2011Welcome and IntroductionsJarl Jonas jarl.jonas@blackboard.comSr. Program ManagerCourseSites

My Lifelong Learning Journey

K12 Teacher, FL & NJFaculty Dev. Coord., NYUDir. Virtual College & Corp. Learning , NYUConsulting Manager, BbProgram Manger, CourseSites by Bb

#CourseSites is a fully hosted, online course creation and facilitation service for high school teachers and higher education instructors. The Need to Keep UpWhat is CourseSites?Roles of Online InstructorsSpace PlannerHostPace-SetterConnectorMirrorReview

Agenda#Supplemental or full-time online learning opportunities are available to at least some students in 48 of the 50 states plus Washington, DC.

27 states, as well as Washington, DC, have statewide full-time online schools.

38 states have state virtual schools or state-led online initiatives, and Alaska is planning to open a statewide online learning network in 2011.

Many virtual schools show annual growth rates between 20% and 45%.

75% of school districts had one or more students enrolled in an online or blended learning course.

72% of school districts with distance education programs planned to expand online offerings in the coming year.

Source: http://www.inacol.org/press/docs/NACOL_fastfacts-lrOct2010.pdfThe Need to Keep Up

#http://www.inacol.org/press/docs/NACOL_fastfacts-lrOct2010.pdf4Need for Free ResourcesSchool budgets are under pressureand many teachers are opening their own wallets as well as turning to free resources.

Source: Deepening Connections: Teachers Increasingly Rely on Media and Technology PBS and GRUNWALD ASSOCIATES LLC, 2011#http://www.pbs.org/about/media/about/cms_page_media/182/PBS-Grunwald-2011e.pdf5What is CourseSites?Presentation ToolsContent-Based ToolsDistribution ToolsCommunication ToolsProductivity Tools

CourseSites is a free, fully hosted online course creation and facilitation service, specifically designed for individual instructors. Discussions Email Text Chat VoIP/Whiteboard Journals 24/7 Access Email Social Sharing Virtual Classroom Blogs Lesson Planning Efficient Grading Progress Reports Performance Dashboard Online Environment Email Text Chat VoIP/Whiteboard WSYWIG Editor Mash-ups (YouTube) Wikis VoIP/Whiteboard#The Roles of Online InstructorsSpace Planner

Pace SetterHostConnector

MIRRORFive Roles I Play in Online Courses by Scot Headley#Space PlannerThe first responsibility of online instructors is to plan their course space by using the functionality and activities of the online course to create abundant opportunities for interaction within an easily navigable interface.Reference: Five Roles I Play in Online Courses, Scot Headley #www.coursesites.comCreating an Account

#Quick, Easy Registration

Instructors can sign up using popular web service credentialsto lessen # of online accounts and reduce login errors#SETTING UP COURSES

How do we make sure students do not feel like this?#http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK1O8jQlVlY&feature=related11Course Structures

Choice of 32 pedagogically-driven course structuresw/ sample content helps expedite the course building process#Serving As HostIn the host role, online instructors draw students into the experience of online learning and respond to student needs and concerns with a patient, welcoming, attentive attitude.Reference: Five Roles I Play in Online Courses, Scot Headley #www.coursesites.comSteps to Get Started

#Initial Guidance

#Course Themes

Choice of 50 themes creates aesthetic learning environmentand enhances student engagement

#Instructor Community

#Instructor Home Page

#Pace-SetterSatisfactory experiences for the instructor and student in an Internet-based course require the recognition that the preparation, activities, and commitments are a bit different than those of face-to-face courses.

Reference: Five Roles I Play in Online Courses, Scot Headley

#Getting Started with CourseSites

#Student Orientation

#Accessibility & Universal Design

Request enrollment at accessible.coursesites.com#Lesson Planning

#Learning Modules

#Notifications

#Connector" My connector role requires me to help participants make connections with each other, with the course content, and between their work in the course and their work outside the course space.

Reference: Five Roles I Play in Online Courses, Scot Headley#Wikis, Blogs, Journals

#CourseSites Live

Participant WindowText chatAudio controlsToolsActivity Window (optional)Whiteboard tools#CourseSites IM

#CourseSites Voice

#Imageswww.cooltext.com (course banners)www.flamingtext.com course banners)www.pics4learning.comwww.loc.gov (Library of Congress)www.gettyone.com (royalty free)www.flickr.com (now from w/in CourseSites)

Videowww.youtube.com (now from w/in CourseSites)www.teachertube.com

Web Contentwww.slideshare.com (now from w/in CourseSites)www.merlot.org (Advanced K12, HE)www.eduhound.com (K12)

Programswww.techsmith.com/Jing (create recorded overviews)www.ispringsolutions.com (Creates Flash-based resources from PPT)

Multi-media Resources#Partner CapabilitiesPartner Capabilities also at no cost!RespondusAssessment Creation LockDown BrowserStudyMate ClassFree versions for use on CourseSites only

SoftChalk Free version for use on CourseSites only

#Instructor CommunityEducators are not limiting their searches to classroom content. They also are seeking ways to improve and grow professionally. Teachers increasingly are using the Internet to access instructional strategies and opportunities for professional development, collaboration and inspiration.

Source: Deepening Connections: Teachers Increasingly Rely on Media and Technology PBS and GRUNWALD ASSOCIATES LLC, 2011#MirrorMy personal goals within this role are to help individuals have an external guide to their mastery of the course content, to inform individuals of their level of success in fulfilling community commitments, and to encourage and challenge the group as a whole.

Reference: Five Roles I Play in Online Courses, Scot Headley

#Testimonials and Showcases

#ReviewSpace Planner

Pace SetterHostConnector

MIRRORFive Roles I Play in Online Courses by Scot Headley#Engage Share Your IdeasBrainstorm Activity: Think about what weve discussed. Turn to a neighbor, and let him/her know of an idea you have or thought of as a result of today!

#37www.coursesites.comjarl.jonas@blackboard.comGet Started Today!

#CourseSites Blog (Coming Soon)community.coursesites.com

YouTubewww.youtube.com/coursesites

Facebookwww.facebook.com/coursesites

Twitter@coursesites

Stay Connected!#

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