Episode 108: A Fresh Semester, and a Fresh Look at Online Learning

February 1, 2019
  • Key Info for this Podcast
  •  Update on my winter break, goal achievement
  • Online Learning, focus on Engagement
  • What is engagement?
    • Compare to traditional class
      • With instructor
      • With other students
  • Why does it matter?
    • Consider environment
      • Tangible (location)
      • Intangible (peers)
  • OLC Accelerate 2018: What did I come away with?
    • Keynote was awesome!
      • Dr. Jane McGonigal
      • Importance/value of today’s games, how they might inform us of what online learning will look like in the future
        • Everyone’s a potential ally
        • Abundance philosophy
        • Peer-to-peer network
        • Trading of items
        • Sharing achievements
    • Engagement is what you put into it (learners and instructors).
      • The actual assignments are the direct method for engaging.
      • Teachers —> Stop it with the “Week #1 Icebreaker, then links/document repository for rest of semester” 
        • Put some soul into your course!
        • Leave a piece of yourself in the assignment
        • Show the students a little of who you are
      • Students —> It’s on you to make the community happen (if you want it) if the teacher is unwilling
        • Initiate the engagement
          • Through the LMS
          • Email
          • Study group (video conferencing)
          • Shared Google Doc
          • Group text (What’s App)
          • Meeting up locally on campus
  • My examples
    • Wellness & Recovery course
    • FOTW example

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  • Thanks to Rob Cavallo for today’s intro music. For more information about him or the music you heard today, you can email: peloquin17@yahoo.com

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