Discussion: experience your students by the words they express

Posted on: February 24, 2017 | By: Cheri Crabb, PhD | Filed under: Instructional Technologies
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Discussion boards can encourage conversation outside the classroom walls. Here are some tips to use this tool across disciplines. Post pictures, videos, and/or audio of students to build community in the LMS Set rules and standards for good netiquette before the first post, or have the students develop these guidelines Ask questions focused on knowledge, …

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Elements of successful journaling

Posted on: February 18, 2017 | By: Cheri Crabb, PhD | Filed under: Instructional Technologies, Moodle, Teaching & Learning
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Journals are a means self analysis and reflection.  Journaling requires students to synthesize materials, compose their thoughts, and write their opinions about specific topics. This allows instructors to build relationships with students individually. Key elements There are several key elements identified in the research for successful journaling: Identify what a journal is to you, and the …

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Using Moodle for collaboration

Posted on: February 8, 2017 | By: Cheri Crabb, PhD | Filed under: Instructional Technologies, Moodle, Teaching & Learning

Did you know it’s easy to create a collaborative environment in Moodle using several communication tools? “A bird in the hand is good, but a bird in the bush might sing,” states an old Chinese proverb.  We know Moodle has collaborative tools, but how can it support student-led activities and collaboration?  In addition to forums, instructors …

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Teaching class while off campus with Moodle

Posted on: February 1, 2017 | By: Cheri Crabb, PhD | Filed under: Instructional Technologies, Moodle, Teaching & Learning
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Did you know it’s easy to create a unit in Moodle to hold class virtually? Opportunities arise for faculty to attend/present at conferences during the term. As travel remains an important piece of teaching, holding class while off campus provides professors peace of mind that students are still learning, synthesizing and assimilating information. Creating a course …

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Real-time conversations with Moodle Chat: Part 2

Posted on: January 27, 2017 | By: Cheri Crabb, PhD | Filed under: Instructional Technologies, Moodle, Teaching & Learning
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I’ve always enjoyed using forms of instant messaging because it’s quick, non-invasive, and informal. Moodle chat is a type of instant messaging and is especially well-suited for short messages, unrehearsed exchanges, office hours, meetings, question and answer sessions and test-preparation. Earlier this year we posted information about using chat for synchronous communication, ideas to incorporate it into …

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Real-time conversations with Moodle Chat

Posted on: January 25, 2017 | By: Cheri Crabb, PhD | Filed under: Instructional Technologies, Moodle, Teaching & Learning
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Forums are the heart of communication in an online course because they provide the primary synchronous and asynchronous method for interaction. Instructors can create as many forums as needed for instruction. Chat is a secondary mode of communication, typically synchronous, which provides instant feedback.  Unlike asynchronous forums that encourage learners to take time to compose thoughts …

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Questions from our faculty about Moodle

Posted on: January 10, 2017 | By: Cheri Crabb, PhD | Filed under: Instructional Technologies, Moodle, Teaching & Learning

Teaching and Learning Technologies taught an online course titled, Making the Most of Moodle. The course covered topics such as: • adding files • assignments and feedback • course communication • grades • quizzes • groups The faculty enrolled in the course had a forum they were encouraged to post questions to anonymously; facilitators responded within 24 hours. This blog post reflects a …

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The Moodle wiki

Posted on: January 7, 2017 | By: Cheri Crabb, PhD | Filed under: Instructional Technologies, Moodle, Teaching & Learning
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A wiki is a collection of collaboratively authored web documents. Wikis were named from the Hawaiian term “wiki wiki” which means “very fast.”   Indeed wikis are a quick method for creating content as a class, group or individual.  Wikis don’t have a center of control but rather the community edits and develops content directly …

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An overview of James Lang’s book on cheating lessons

Posted on: January 5, 2017 | By: Cheri Crabb, PhD | Filed under: Instructional Technologies
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I read an insightful book recently that made me stop and think. It was so inspiring that I decided to blog this fall about the topic. Academic dishonesty is brought up frequently in Teaching and Learning Technologies Online Course Design Working Group lunches and it’s a topic that many of us are concerned about. I’ll begin …

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Book Review: Creating a Sense of Presence in Online Teaching: How to “Be There” for Distance Learners

Posted on: December 7, 2016 | By: Cheri Crabb, PhD | Filed under: Instructional Technologies

Creating a Sense of Presence in Online Teaching by Lehman and Conceicao (2010), discusses how a strong online presence contributes to higher student satisfaction and retention.  Students often take online courses without realizing that learning and communicating takes places very differently online.  The authors state it is crucial that instructors create a sense of connectivity …

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