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Online Discussions for Student Learning

Trying to provide learning opportunities for your online students?

Discussion activities are one of many great ways to promote critical thinking among online students in an asynchronous format, but only if the discussion topic and talking points are planned accordingly. Consider these tips to help students learn by engaging with you and each other:



1. Provide open-ended questions that incorporate one or several human dimension components. Allow students to…

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Added by Drew Michael Hemler on April 4, 2017 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Blog #3: Assessing Online Discussion

Discussion again?  Yeahhhh because discussion is what adds a human element to our online courses and makes them real.  Without communication, why would students even need us?  They could just complete a bunch of self-taught modules and click send to submit their own grades to the registrar.  We teach to communicate knowledge to students and to allow students to communicate their own learning and knowledge to us and to other students.   Having said that, it is important to assure that…

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Added by Gloria Bobbie, PhD (ABD) on February 10, 2017 at 8:35am — No Comments

Blog #2: ABCs of Making Discussion Work

There are many approaches to developing inclusive discussion which motivates students to participate and share learning, but the one I have found to work best I learned from the University of Phoenix. It is called ABC Facilitation.

A = Acknowledge

B = Build

C = Conclude

So, what does this mean and how does it work?

“A“ means to acknowledge what the students has posted. In my discussions, I post a starter to the discussion to which students must respond by…

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Added by Gloria Bobbie, PhD (ABD) on January 26, 2017 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Blog 1: It’s the Little Things: Discussion Hint #1

Our online students are in a very different situation from those in the traditional classroom.  In the traditional class room discussion the students sit in a chair and see and hear the facilitator.  In the online class room the student sits in a chair and sees a computer screen.  The online student often wonders if anyone is even reading what he or she posts and not feeling included can take away motivation to participate.

One thing I have learned in my 20 or so years of…

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Added by Gloria Bobbie, PhD (ABD) on January 4, 2017 at 7:20am — No Comments

SUNY OER Services @ Open SUNYTextbooks

Some really good news for OER in SUNY is the quest for an Executive Director for OER at SUNY Geneseo! This position will administer and coordinate operations and the strategic direction for Open SUNY Textbooks (OST) and SUNY OER Services (SOS). The application deadline was October 10th and preliminary…

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Added by Laura K Murray on October 10, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

This online experience

I've taught online for several years now....I consider myself to be quite informed with the Blackboard platform......the guidance in the first module have been so eye opening as to the additional features I could and will use.  Although my SUNY campus offers fine Bb instructions, I am pretty much self taught....this is helpful.  

Added by Joseph Antee on June 3, 2016 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Universal Design Student Videos

HEre are a few examples of Videos made by students for MEC 104 at SUNY Stonybrook, which is a fully online course

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfbbUwLJlI1Oc3vZJ0Cqnlg/videos

Added by Thomas Rosati on January 27, 2016 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Call for TEAM proposals, OLC Innovate Solutions Design Summit (SDS)

Please watch the Video trailer production credit to Kyle Johnson

 

The general call for program proposals is now closed (with the peer reviews completed, expect to see the full program online soon); however the call for TEAM Proposals is OPEN for the OLC SDS until February 10,…

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Added by Parice Torcivia Prusko on January 26, 2016 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Presenters needed for AAUW Tech Savvy conference for engaging middle school girls in STEM

I’m leading the curriculum committee for the Tech Savvy…

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Added by Parice Torcivia Prusko on January 6, 2016 at 10:03pm — No Comments

Help Us Make Sense of Digital Learning in Higher Ed...Share Your Story

Storytelling is a powerful clarifying approach to understanding and navigating change at the deepest levels of human experience. Storytelling allows for a diversity of perspectives that get us closer to an objective and authentic sense of reality. Please take a few minutes to share your story:

The dLRN15 …

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Added by Parice Torcivia Prusko on January 4, 2016 at 9:51pm — No Comments

Sharing: April 2015 CDL Conference, SUNY Empire Keynote Presentation by Barbara Oakley on "Learning to Learn"

In April 2015, Empire State College hosted the 8th Annual CDL Conference in Saratoga Springs.  Below is a video of our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Barbara Oakley and her presentation on "Learning to Learn." 

View Video:  Learning to…

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Added by Linda Lawrence on November 13, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Merlot.org Seeking Peer Reviewers

Merlot.org is a gateway for educational materials appearing on the web. Created by the University of California, it over 20 Editorial boards, each with a group of Peer Reviewers that are the essence of MERLOT materials.  As a Peer reviewer, you participate in the peer review process (described below).  Each board has an Editor that triages each material in their discipline and assigns it to a reviewer in that discipline.  This section describes both the  …

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Added by Arthur L. Finkle on June 9, 2015 at 10:32am — No Comments

Punished by innovation: The need for better focus on IMPLEMENTATION of educational technologies

Nearly  two decades ago, educational innovation researcher, Gene Hall (1995), warned of a growing "development-implementation balance". The pace of innovation in educational technologies, on top of the increased accreditation and accountability demands placed on P-12 teachers and higher ed. instructors, suggests a need to slow down and think through the consequences of adoption decisions.

While it has been rightly criticized as a theoretical framework that is prone to determinism,…

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Added by Mark K. Warford, Ph.D. on October 13, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Welcome!

Welcome! My name is Valentina Capponi, I'm a psychiatrist in Chile and I am doing a research trainee program in women mental health at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston MA.

My interest is to build a system of communication between specialists from different countries working in this area. The objective is to create a partnership between hospitals that have a service specialized in women's mental health with training programs in this area, and other countries where this is still…

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Added by Women mental health on October 26, 2013 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Who's on the other end?

Once people hear I teach online, I've had a few ask me how I know it's the real student actually taking the online course (assignments, discussions...). What are the latest thoughts on maintaining academic integrity/honesty in making sure online students have not hired someone to take the course for them? There was a recent Chronicle of Higher Education piece that raised some concerns.

Added by John Thompson on November 25, 2010 at 10:25am — 1 Comment

Pulling back and looking at learning theories



As a K12 teacher in my formative years, I remember taking education courses while I was teaching high school French to complete my masters. These were required for NYS certification as well as tenure. Like most young teachers, my first years in the classroom were filled with daily, "urgent" needs to have lessons and materials prepared for my students. When I would go to my… Continue

Added by Robert Piorkowski on October 21, 2010 at 10:34am — No Comments

Research on authenticity of student work

Online faculty (and the public at large) frequently have questions about how to maintain academic integrity in online classes. While research shows that people assume more cheating is happening online, there is no conclusive evidence that there is any difference in the amount of cheating that actually occurs...I thought this was an interesting paper on the subject: Assessment Design and Cheating Risk in Online Instruction (… Continue

Added by Dan Feinberg on September 30, 2010 at 4:09pm — 2 Comments

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Added by Alexandra M. Pickett on August 21, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

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