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General Conversations about Online Learning
You’re not in this transition alone. Many people are working through similar issues. Social media an colleagues have allowed us to connect as a profession to support our students.
A group meant to support higher education instructors as they pivot to online learning. Offers mentorship opportunities.
Dr. Laura Pasquini (Univ. of North Texas), Dr. Paul Eaton (SHSU), and colleagues from all over the world have compiled a comprehensive, open access document with a variety of tools and resources to help with moving coursework to online or remote formats in a fast paced manner.
Pros and Cons of Various LMS systems
The right tools make all of the difference. A Learning Management System (LMS) is the technology solution your school or institution has chosen to use to deliver online learning
The TEA has developed online courses available to eligible students. Check out their resources.
This comprehensive list is updated daily and outlines a variety of online learning tools companies are making freely available to educators in this time of need. Amazing resources for K-12 and university level educators alilke!
A 2016 video by Mark Maxwell reviewing the relative strengths and challenges of various Learning Management Systems.
A 2017 resource from Paradiso detailing differences between two LMS
Shannon, L.Y., Rice, M. (2016) Scoring the Open Source Learning Management Systems. International Journal of Information and Education Technology 7(6). 432-436.
Online Pedagogical Philosophies
Flower Darby’s renowned Advice Guide for instructors. Includes 10 practices for online learning.
Guidelines from Purdue University pertaining to setting your tone, rhythm, and feedback expectations.
Arnesen, K. T., Hveem, J., Short, C. R., West, R. E., & Barbour, M. K. (2019). K-12 online learning journal articles: trends from two decades of scholarship. Distance Education, 40(1), 32-53.
Baytiyeh, H. (2019). Mobile Learning Technologies as a Means of Maintaining Education Delivery In Crisis Situations. International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education (IJICTE), 15(3), 1-10.
Holzweiss, P. C., Joyner, S. A., Fuller, M. B., Henderson, S., & Young, R. (2014) Online graduate students’ perceptions of best learning experiences, Distance Education, 35:3, 311-323, DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2015.955262
Best Practices in Online Tools (i.e., discussion boards, tests, wikis, etc.)
There are many ways to engage learners in online settings. Variety, developing a strategy, and a rhythm all matter to learning the most our of online learning.
A resource from TeacherStream LLC aimed at improving instructors’ capacity to host strong online discussions
An excerpt from the University of Rhode Island’s series on online instruction
Guidelines for developing an online course include collaborative work and creating a consistent structure.
Clemson University’s guide to faculty using Canvas. Can be applied to multiple LMSs.
The University of Virginia’s guidelines for faculty offering tests online.
Though focused on Moodle, this guide from the Univ. of Mass. Amherst offers insights on how wikis can play a part in your online class
A handy guide for Google classroom users.
A guide meant to help parents and students as they first navigate Google Classroom.
K-12 Classroom Teachers might find the following tools useful for specific subjects:
Budhai, S. S. (2017). Best practices in engaging online learners through active and experiential learning strategies. Taylor & Francis.
Brown, M. L. (2017). Evaluating Online Teaching: Implementing Best Practices by Thomas J. Tobin, B. Jean Mandernach, and Ann H. Taylor. Journal of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, 7(1), 117-119.
Niemeyer, D. J., & Gerber, H. R. (2015). Maker culture and Minecraft: Implications for the future of learning. Educational Media International, 52(3), 216-226.
Montelongo, R. (2018). More than a field trip: Using point of view action cameras for online courses. College Teaching, 66(2), 84-85. https://doi.org/10.1080/87567555.2017.1413535
Pros and Cons of Asynchronous and Synchronous Learning
Allowing students to engage in learning on their own schedule has benefits for students in crisis situations and allows for distributed internet bandwidth. Synchronous sessions, however, offer students opportunities to process through their experiences in crisis events.
Though focused on training and corporate settings, this guide offers a great overview of synchronous and asynchronous learning.
Kristina Wilson’s blog on how to effectively host a live online session.
Christopher Pappas’ guide for developing sessions that students can complete on their timeline.
Thompson, J. T. (2006). Best practices in asynchronous online course discussions. Journal of College Teaching & Learning (TLC), 3(7).
Grading and Assessment in Online Learning
Grading and assessing student learning is often aided by the online medium because learning occurs in ways that can easily be observed and documented.
A brief statement about principles of effective assessment in online learning from Winthrop University.
Though focused on Canvas, Arizona State University’s guidelines are useful in helping faculty manage grading and feedback expectations.
Alley, L. R., & Jansak, K. E. (2001). The ten keys to quality assurance and assessment in online learning. Journal of Interactive Instruction Development, 13(3), 3-18.
Timms, M. J. (2017). Assessment of online learning. In Handbook on digital learning for K-12 schools (pp. 217-231). Springer, Cham.
Vonderwell, S., Liang, X., & Alderman, K. (2007). Asynchronous discussions and assessment in online learning. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 39(3), 309-328.
Diversity in Online Settings
Teaching students about diversity via online medium is possible. Students can learn about this critical learning outcome even when face-to-face opportunities are not possible.
SHSU Professors Ric Montelongo, Paul Eaton, and Rebecca Bustamante describe how diversity can be taught in online sessions
A video about teaching diversity in online settings facilitated by Drs. Paul W. Eaton & Ricardo Montelongo from Sam Houston State University
Grant, K. S. L., & Lee, V. J. (2014). Wrestling with issues of diversity in online courses. Qualitative Report, 19, 12.
Montelongo, R., & Eaton, P. W. (2019). Online learning for social justice and inclusion: The role of technological tools in graduate student learning. International Journal of Information and Learning Technology, 37(1-2), 33-45. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJILT-11-2018-0135
Dealing with Technology
Technology allows educators to enhance learning, but it can also be very frustrating, especially when it doesn’t work. With practice and testing, technology will not be a challenge for instructors.
Though the ideas in this article by Kelly Walsh with EmmergingEdTech.com is focused on technology in the traditional classroom, many applications to online settings could be developed.
These add ons to Google Chrome support all students’ needs in web surfing and online learning.
A useful guide for navigating Zoom.
Inclusion of a resource on this list does not indicate an endorsement of any service or specific approach. SHSU offers this resource as a guide to your own professional judgement.
We’re here to help! The following SHSU faculty contributed to this resource:
Matthew Fuller, Ph.D.
Peggy Holzweiss, Ph.D.
Hannah Gerber, Ph.D.
Ricardo Montelongo, Ph.D.
Marilynn Rice, Ph.D.
Paul Eaton, Ph.D.
Kimberly LaPrairie, Ph.D.
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