Happy National Online Learning Day!

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If you didn’t know it, today is National Online Learning Day, a day to celebrate and showcase success of online education. Online Learning Day is a chance to recognize that online environments provide students the opportunity to learn almost anything, from anywhere, at any time.

If you’ve taken a class online or taught one–whether for academic, professional, or personal development–we encourage you to share your successes on your favorite social media platforms and include the hashtag #OnlineLearningDay.

Learned a skill online that you thought could only be taught face-to-face?

Developed a really great online lesson?

Discovered a piece of ed tech that took your online course over the top?

Have a tip for succeeding in online learning environments?

If you can answer YES to any of these questions or similar ones, then you’ve got something to share.

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Here at CCIT, we tossed a few ideas around of what we’d like to share when it comes to online learning. Here are a few suggestions from our director, Kelly McVeigh Stanley, about alternatives to discussion boards in online classes:

Student Video Blogs: Not just a substitute for discussion boards. Student videos assignments can be designed through a process of “Know, See, Do, Improve”. Students demonstrate their knowledge, build observation skills overtime, and are then asked to analyze their own work.

Live Streamed Lectures: Using tools like YouTube Live, Adobe Connect, and Google Hangouts is a great way to mimic face-to-face exchanges and connect with your students. Record these sessions for students who can’t attend.

Encourage Reflection through Student Self-Assessment: Self-assessment rubrics and online journals allow for reflective thinking about course content. Self-assessment aligns with the theory of student-centered learning and helps students take ownership of their involvement in the learning process

Encourage Sharing: Leverage social media tools. Have students use a course specific hashtag to share their resources and experiences related to the course. Use a tool like Tagboard, Keyhole, or Hashatit to monitor student activity across multiple social media apps.

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And Learning Strategies Coordinator, Al Drushler, offers the following tips for running an online class that keeps students focused on success:

  • Make the course schedule and grade center visible prior to the start of the semester.
  • Keep due dates consistent throughout the semester (for example, homework is due every Sunday at 11:59 PM).
  • Respond to student questions about coursework using short screen casts and publish them for the entire class to see.
  • Create a discussion board for questions about the course work and encourage students to post there rather than emailing questions to you individually.

What about you? What are some of your tips, successes, and positive experiences with online learning. Share in the comments to let us know, and don’t forget to hop on your favorite social media platform and use the hashtag #OnlineLearningDay to share your thoughts with the rest of the country this National Online Learning Day.

The 2015 Top Five

By Ish Stabosz
Center for Creative Instruction & Technology
Delaware Technical Community College
Stanton Campus

Now that a new year is upon us and spring semester is underway, it’s a good time to look back and remember what happened here at Forward Thinking in 2015. Here are our top 5 most-viewed posts from last year. Continue reading

Announcing Delaware Tech’s Instructional Innovation Conference 2014

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Ask CCIT is proud to announce Delaware Tech’s first Instructional Innovation Conference to be held on August 14th, 2014 from 9:00 – 3:45 at the Terry Campus. This professional development event is reserved for all full-time Delaware Tech faculty.

The Instructional Innovation Conference, hosted by the College’s Professional Development Task Force, promises pedagogy-focused activities that are designed for faculty, by faculty. The day will kick off with an energetic presentation by José Bowen, president of Goucher College and author of Teaching Naked. During the afternoon, attendees will have the opportunity to attend two different workshops from a list of almost forty different topics. Workshops will be facilitated by Collegewide faculty and staff.

Over the next week or so, we’ll be posting descriptions of a few workshops every day so that you can see what’s in store for the big day. Stay tuned, and we hope to see you at the Instructional Innovation Conference 2014. For starters, take a look at these six promising presentations: Continue reading