#LTTO Module 7- Motivating and Engaging Students

Activities, assessment and resources are important but being able to facilitate and manage technologically inclusive learning- that’s the element that really brings it all together and it requires a set of really specific skills. Continue reading “#LTTO Module 7- Motivating and Engaging Students”

#LTTO Module 6- Online Resources

When you begin teaching online, you need to free yourself of the idea that you need to make everything yourself.

This is module six of a Learning To Teach Online MOOC with Coursera, (all content featured has been curated by the University of South Wales for Coursera) you can read about module 1 here and about module 2 here, and about module 3 here and about module 4 here and about module 5 here.

Module Learning Outcomes
By engaging with the content, and completing the activities and related discussion in this module, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of open educational resources (OER) and online resources in general
  2. Discuss issues related to Creative Commons and copyright for online resources
  3. Identify OER useful for your own teaching practice

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#LTTO Module 5- Online Assessment Strategies

Think of the learning outcomes first, then the activity, then the assessment, THEN the technology!

This is module five of a Learning To Teach Online MOOC with Coursera, (all content featured has been curated by the University of South Wales for Coursera) you can read about module 1 here and about module 2 here, and about module 3 here and about module 4 here.

Module Learning Outcomes

By engaging with the content, and completing the activities and related discussion in this module, you should be able to:

  1. Identify assessment strategies that would be suitable for your own course design
  2. Relate assessment strategies to specific technologies, understanding their benefits and limitations

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#LTTO Assignment 2: Designing a Learning Component

By completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your achievement of the following learning outcomes:

  • Design an online component of your class considering your local context, your curriculum, and the benefits and risks of online technologies.
  • Develop evaluation and engagement strategies to ensure your students are engaged with your online course components and how you plan to evaluate the effectiveness of your online course design.
  • Demonstrate independent enquiry and reflective practice

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#LTTO Module 4- Online Learning Activities

Lists of technologies are limitless so drawing on the experiences of other educators (locally or otherwise) can be helpful.

This is module four of a Learning To Teach Online MOOC with Coursera, (all content featured has been curated by the University of South Wales for Coursera) you can read about module 1 here and about module 2 here, and about module 3 here.

Module Learning Outcomes

By engaging with the content, and completing the activities and related discussion in this module, you should be able to:

  1. Identify how different technologies relate to different types of learning activities
  2. Assess a range of online technologies for their suitability for your own teaching context

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#LTTO Learning To Teach Online Q & A

I am currently completing a ‘learning To Teach Online’ MOOC with Coursera and it’s fabulous! Each week, our two course lecturers (Negin and Simon) respond to the top-rated questions of the week in the forums and here are my notes on each of their videos each week.

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#LTTO- Assignment 1: Selecting Technology

Learning Outcomes

By completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your achievement of the following learning outcomes:

  • Describe and understand the importance and use of a range of online technologies in learning, teaching, and course design in contemporary education
  • Develop an evidence-supported argument for selecting particular technologies to support an online component of your own course.
  • Demonstrate independent enquiry and reflective practice

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#LTTO- Module 3- Planning Online Learning

Have a clear vision and aims for the learning of your students so that you don’t all sink into the sand of technology.

This is module three of a Learning To Teach Online MOOC with Coursera, (all content featured has been curated by the University of South Wales for Coursera) you can read about module 1 here and about module 2 here.

Module Learning Outcomes

By engaging with the content, and completing the activities and related discussion in this module, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the principles underpinning the design of online and blended course.
  2. Analyse different online course design options considering the principles of curriculum alignment and the needs of your students

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A new class website

As the academic year has drawn to a close and we look ahead to next year, most teachers will be evaluating the successes of the year and looking to improve their approaches. This often takes the form of revised materials, handbooks, schemes of learning and assessment plans and for my learners, the online learning environment.

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#LTTO- Module 2- Open and Institutionally Supported Technologies

We need to decide which technologies will fit the learning outcomes for our learners the most.

Due to a week off work, I have been able to do the second module of Learning to Teach Online this week too. (All content featured has been curated by the University of South Wales for Coursera). You can read about the first module here.

Module Learning Outcomes:

By engaging with the content, and completing the activities and related discussion in this module, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of open and closed technologies
  2. Develop an argument for choosing either an institutionally supported technology or one that is available on the open web
  3. Identify policies or strategies related to the use of technology in your own faculty, department, school, or educational institution

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#LTTO- Module 1- Why is Online Teaching Important?

Focus on effective pedagogical strategies rather than just the technologies being used.

Learning to Teach Online

(all content featured has been curated by the University of South Wales for Coursera)

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, then you may have noticed some of my posts on OCTEL. It was the first MOOC I signed up for and I managed just the first few weeks. Problems were the level of interactivity and engagement, there was also a lot of information (mostly static and reading-based and I felt I needed to do it all. I found it impossible to sustain.

So, here goes MOOC number 2. This one is free via Coursera and it seems far more manageable thus far. I just need to make the decision about whether to complete the two assignments to gain a distinction…

These posts will be a log of my learning for myself and you!

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Online Presence and Digital Footprint

As the summer draws closer, thoughts of the teaching year ahead are ever-present; the excitement of a fresh start, a new beginning and also a continued journey.

Using my new favourite video creation tool, Vidra, I have created a video which introduces my learners to the idea of their digital footprint but also explores the importance of creating a positive online presence. We’ll be using new tools and approaches to invest some time in the development of their ‘professional portfolio’; they’ll be A2 learners: the world and all its joys and challenges awaits. They have begun to get excited about the possibilities this holds, but more of that later.

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