This month Chronicle’s Community College Newsletter shared information collected by Sloan-C noting that there is broad faculty dissatisfaction with online training and support, among other things. Of course we here at TELS take exception to that. With the Summer and Winter Institutes, our online resources, and our offices manned eight hours a day with the sole purpose of helping faculty with instruction, we think we have done rather well. We do understand of course that we could do better. How we ask?
For far away family members who have the technical prowess and connectivity gusto, there is nothing like Skype for a conversation. For online faculty, it presents the option to allow students to communicate face to face with them in real time. Now we are headed towards deeper synchronous online communications. Why you might ask. Click here. Want to learn more. Click here.
Well, has it improved? Look how far we have come in just a few years in our ability to deliver content online. From those old text based days to video and interactive simulations! Here is a blogger who ponders the same questions. For us here at YC, what did your first class look like? How does it look now?
Let’s face it, long sentences after bullet points and cheesy clip art in a presentation are boring and rarely helpful to students. Adding video, audio, and engaging images, as well as actively engaging the audience will produce better results. This wiki has some great links and this presentation (strangely appropriate audio) will get you going. Here is one for starters!
At some point we have all created a rubric or guidelines for the discussion board posts for our online classes. Thoughtful conversation is what we are after. This webpage has some great advise for students and teachers.
Take some time this month to visit our TELS offices or participate in a training or two. We have many offerings during August and September on a variety of topics. The link to all of the workshops is in the right sidebar of this blog.
We had a great summer and we hope you did too. As the semester starts don’t forget to open your Blackboard courses, welcome your students, and have at least the syllabus available in Blackboard. Don’t forget the 57 Second Tips located on the right of the blog!
If you have some ideas for content we can share with the Yavapai Community of instructors, send us an email and we’ll post the content at the start of each month.