Monday, January 17, 2011

Time Management Strategies for Online Instructors

Kay Lehmann and Lisa Chamberlin the outstanding online instructors  who teach the University of Wisconsin Stout's Creating Collaborative Communities in E-learning, created a one-stop page for advice and tips on: Time Management Strategies for Online Instructors.  

Kay and Lisa are also the authors of How to Be a Great Online Teacher and Making the Move to eLearning: Putting Your Course Online.

You know the old joke: Those that really need time management help are too busy to find it!   It's sad but true.  Teaching online is a lot like juggling.  You have to keep so many technologies, ideas, students, and deadlines in the air at once that sometimes just a momentary lapse of concentration can knock you flat.

Here's the short list of time management topics covered:
  • Handle it once   
  • Respond to student questions efficiently
  • Billable hours
  • Organize the discussion forums
  • Get organized
  • Use the right tools
  • Stay focused
  • Work smarter, not harder at grading
  • Know thyself   
  • Use a quiz or scavenger hunt
  • Establish email and file naming protocols
Kay and Lisa's advice will help any online instructor (or online student) improve their coordination and get more from their e-learning experiences. 

Stay in touch with Kay and Lisa's thinking on Twitter:

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Best Practices: Checklist for Online Instructors

Checklist for Online Instructors

This is a NEW resource listing best practices in online instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Stout Online Professional Development Department.

The checklist presents best practices in online teaching. Included are essential ideas for all online instructors during all stages of an online course.
  • What do you do before the class starts?
  • What should be accomplished during the first week of class?
  • What expectations should be met during the class?
  • How do you make the most of your last week of class?
Each stage includes checklists for: 
  • Managerial Expectations
  • Social Expectations
  • Pedagogical / Instructional Design Expectations.
  • Technical Expectations
This new resource captures the wisdom of our online teaching team! It was developed to help all new online instructors at University of Wisconsin-Stout as well as the interns in our E-Learning Practicum Classes.

This is the talk we walk.  It is important to have a reference we can give to new online instructors. We summarized all of the field smarts developed by our online staff over the years.

We would love to hear more suggestions for online instructor best practices. 

Have you any resources or ideas to share?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

mLearning: Using Mobile Technologies to Enhance Learning

EDUC 744 969 3 graduate credits 
January 24 - March 25, 2011

Enroll NOW!

Fundamental to the modern definition of mlearning is that it is the learner/learning that is mobile, not the device.

In-depth analysis of mobile learning research, trends, instructional strategies, curriculum integration, professional development, and on-the-job training using handheld technology such as the iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, and smartphones.

This course will explore learning design, content, and critical factors that need to be considered for successful application in a mobile environment. It will help educators and trainers develop effective pedagogy and instructional strategies that capitalize on learners' interest and access to mobile technology and use that familiarity to meet learning, professional development and training goals.

Ann Bell
Author/Online Instructor & Course Developer

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