Online teaching and learning

Ideas for engaging students in online events

Tweet n Chat

On a weekend, tweet out a list of 3-5 topics linked to a online poll and ask students to vote on the topic. Then at a prescribed time, run a chat session , have a moderator re-tweet bits of it or send summary every 10-15 minutes. Archive the session and encourage people to re-tweet for 24 hours after the chat. The lecturer also reflects and sends 1-2 tweets the next day.

Give it a fancy name, so it sounds catchy and cute and it will work well either once a week or maybe before crucial assessment or around significant events in the course. Less is more.

The ISTE mag (Learning and Leading) suggested it as a strategy for staff development, but I thought it might work for courses. The more controversial the discussion the better.

Could be applied for
- Analysing assessment pieces
- Discussing issues within topics (in a way to stimulate debate)
- Brainstorming ideas ( for using ICT in classrooms!) ;)
- Generating a sharing of student experience and knowledge
- Reflecting on prac
- Using an online guest
- Developing the habit of professional dialogue around the issues and events in a profession.


Hotlist of ideas

Khan Academy         Largest collection of very simple videos (mostly voice over and drawing)  on many topics - huge number of maths concepts explained witn considerable number of financial literacy and some art history. Might be useful to consider the style for quick productions to put on a CMS- students could make videos ike this. Great project showing how communications is changing the nature of things.

Key readings about online learning

Guskey, T. R. (2000). Evaluating professional development. Thousand Oaks, California, Corwin Press.

"Thomas R. Guskey And Kwang Suk Yoon, What Works in Professional Development?", Phi Delta Kappan, Vol. 90, No. 07, March
2009, pp. 495-500.