Thoughts About Learning and Working in Online Class Settings SBA Faculty Brown Bag October 2009 Jeanne Enders My Experience and Current Practice My Experience вЂў CAE and STRT вЂў Hybrid Challenge вЂў Conference Presentations Current Practice вЂў Use of Hybrid Undergrad Course (BA 385: Business Environments) вЂў MGMT 560 (Ethics) fully online with one residency for eMBA program Why Online? вЂў Presidential directive вЂў Faculty flexibility вЂў Exercises pedagogical muscle One of PSUвЂ™s Five Priorities Improve Student Success: Ensure a student experience that results in higher satisfaction, retention, and graduation ratesвЂ¦38% six-year graduation rate is not satisfactory. Wim Wievel, President of PSU, Convocation Speech (2008) Some Expectations of Faculty Learning and pedagogical research contributions influence the teachinglearning activities of the school. Preparation of new materials for use in courses, creation of teaching aids, and research on pedagogy all qualify as learning and pedagogical research contributions. Contributions to practice (often referred to as applied research) influence professional practice in the faculty memberвЂ™s field. Articles in practice-oriented journals, creation and delivery of executive education courses, development of discipline-based practice tools, and published reports on consulting all qualify as contributions to practice. Discipline-based scholarship (often referred to as basic research) contributions add to the theory or knowledge base of the faculty memberвЂ™s field. Published research results and theoretical innovation qualify as discipline-based scholarship contributions. From вЂњEligibility Procedures and Accreditation Standards for Business Accreditation AACSB International The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, updated July, 2009, p. 22. вЂ¦and H1N1, bad weather, etc. Pedagogical Refreshment The function of a University is to enable you to shed details in favor of principlesвЂ¦Mental cultivation is nothing else than the satisfactory way in which the mind will function when it is poked up into activity. Alfred North Whitehead, The Aims of Education (1929) Challenges to Online Learning Settings вЂў Student and professor accountability вЂў Class size and workload вЂў Quality Accountability Professor and Students вЂўSet up your course is clear weekly modules. You can even make them appear and disappear as the term rolls on. вЂўCreate brief, online exercises linked to any lecture or other content you deliver online. Students respond to point-based activities and if they need to hear the lecture, watch the video or read the material to get there, theyвЂ™ll do it. вЂўDetermine one day a week for each of your feedback tasks. Modular Organization: The Holy Grail for Student вЂўClass organized by weeks. вЂўAll information, links to assignments, assessments, videos, websites, etc. are in the weekly folder. Students can feel confident they know what to complete for that week. Sample Week Folder: Week One Has Few Components вЂўPersonal info sheet as online survey with request to use roster. вЂўLarger concepts for week listed on header. вЂўLecture notes organized in folder by week. Class Size and Workload вЂўInvestigate peer review methods. вЂўAssign вЂњweekly posts (or weekly letters)вЂќ on the same topic for student reflection and respond in one general summary response to all the posts you receive. вЂўUse groups for discussions, not the entire class. Grade on responsiveness to others (among other things). вЂўIf you donвЂ™t get a kick out of creating your shell, get help or it will seem like too much work. вЂўPlan ahead and plan realistically - get feedback from others. Peer Review Settings in Blackboard The Value of вЂњHigh-TouchвЂќ in Learning Environments вЂўLearn from Talya Bauer вЂўTake the time required to give customized feedback. вЂўOffer your own self-disclosure but, of course, be sensitive to personal boundaries and professionalism. вЂўGet in often and promote positive behavior by modeling it. Roster Entry My goal is to be professional (show areas of professional interests) but also somewhat personal (hobbies and photo with dog). I donвЂ™t fill in all sections of roster. Quality Concerns An institution that uses a variety of educational delivery systems at various locations must demonstrate comparable quality of its educational programs for all students. From вЂњEligibility Procedures and Accreditation Standards for Business Accreditation AACSB International The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, updated July, 2009, p. 10. Handy Tools and Tips вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў Free web content Use of assignment goals in BB On campus resources Keep it simple Anonymous mid-term surveys Online role plays Promoting student satisfaction Free Content Resources вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў TedTalks Government Websites YouTube Corporate Websites Newspapers Public Television Some Books and Articles Guest Speaker Excerpts Linking Goals to Activities Campus Assistance We can help each other! Simplicity Rules вЂўUse OccamвЂ™s Razor again and again. Multi-layer/forgotten or hidden components = bad. вЂўLink вЂњAsk Course QuestionsвЂќ to discussion tool to avoid massive emails about the same query. Anonymous Midterm Survey Mid-term survey is easy to do, increases student satisfaction by offering the вЂњjust in timeвЂќ opportunity to improve the class. Online Role Play: Sample Excerpt I can provide more info on this technique upon request. Promoting Student Satisfaction: How can the online setting enhance student life? Simple example: Summary вЂў There exists an imperative for some faculty to move some or all of their course delivery online. вЂў There are advantages and disadvantages to teaching online - challenges we can overcome. вЂў We can be great resources to one another. вЂў We can become better all-around teachers by вЂњliving in the novelвЂќ and consistently challenging our thinking about learning as discovery.