Sunday, August 05, 2007

Feedback in Online Classes

This is a repost of work by Karen Franker, Editor Of UW-Stout's Infobytes Newsletter

e-learner works at computer

Using Peer Feedback to Enhance the Quality of Student Online Postings: An Exploratory Study
Writing for the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Peggy A. Ertmer and others describe how peer feedback was used to promote higher-level thinking and higher-quality student postings in online classes.

Strategies for Providing Feedback
The Illinois Online Network staff provides fifteen effective feedback strategies to promote high-quality student participation in online classes.

Using Asynchronous Audio Feedback to Enhance Teaching Presence and Students’ Sense of Community
(Registration required -- be sure to register for this wonderful free resource!)
Philip Ice and others in the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks report on the use of audio feedback to provide a more personalized communication with online students.

Effective Feedback
Paul Hammond lists the characteristics of useful feedback, and includes tips for providing effective feedback in a professional manner.

Tech Tip – Convert MS Word Documents to PDF Format
PDF (Portable Document Format) is a popular file format that is readable on Macs and PC’s. PDF’s are especially suited to documents with special formatting and graphics (such as classroom newsletters) which will be displayed on a Website. Converting to PDF format retains the formatting of the original document.

On OS X Macintosh computers there is a built-in PDF converter which is accessed by opening your document and choosing File – Print. In the Print window, click on the PDF button, and then pull down to select "Save as PDF..." which creates a PDF version of your file.

For Windows, there are two free options:
PrimoPDF or CutePDF Writer (both are free downloads).
When downloaded and installed on your computer, these applications can convert most documents into PDF format by going to File - Print, and ‘printing’ to the PrimoPDF or CutePDF printer which appears in the Print window. If you don’t wish to install PrimoPDF on your computer, you can use the new Primo Online converter which allows you to upload a document to the Primo site, convert it online, then download it as a PDF file.

What Our Students Are Saying…

About the E-Learning and Online Teaching Certificate Program:

Julie Fischer is a business and information technology instructor at Hayward and a candidate in UW-Stout’s online Master's in Education program. She selected the E-Learning Certificate courses to learn more about teaching online and how to “create an environment where students could have flexible learning and to provide options for students who may be home-schooled or enrolled in charter schools and taking courses from our high school which would help them learn to meet state technology standards.”

Sign up soon for Fall Online Classes. Instruction begins October 2007.
For more information, contact Dennis O’Connor, program advisor at Phone: (530) 318-1145
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