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Dynamic Collaboration, Discussion & Facilitation Practices (5/16 - 5/25/12)
The Equation: Collaboration + Discussion + Facilitation = Better Online Learning
In the online classroom, interaction prompts more interaction by stimulating more perspectives, points of view, ideas, questions, and disagreements. Through collaboration and discussion, both facilitators and students help each other in the learning process. This online workshop, hosted by The Sloan Consortium.
Registration Deadline: 12:00pm on Friday, May 11, 2012
Workshop: May 16 - May 25, 2012
- Start Time - May 16th at 12pm ET. Please introduce yourself and begin reviewing materials
- Workshop Orientation - May 16th at 4pm EST
- Workshop Officially Closes - May 25th. All workshop materials will be available for one year
- Participate in and Increase and provide quality engagement in an online academic environment
- Discuss thread design: threading, pace, sequencing discussion prompts, using Socratic dialog, modeling reflective exchange, and closing down an exchange
- Help students communicate clearly without the aid of nonverbal communication cues
- Create exemplary exchanges
Creation of an implementation plan for a minimum of two new discussion engagment strategies
- Logitech Headset
- Presentations, readings, web links, discussion threads and other materials, viewable online for 1 year
- 1-Hour Live Workshop Orientation - Learn about Moodle 2.2 and BlackBoard Collaborate. Navigate the workshop space
- 1-Hour Live Panel Discussion - Participation in Live Q&A
- Viewing of Live Sessions available for 1 year
Dr. John Thompson is an Associate Professor Emeritus (recently retired) at Buffalo State College where he taught online courses in the Educational Technology graduate program. Thompson taught nearly all his graduate courses 100% online. Now as an adjunct at Buffalo State and elsewhere, he continues to enjoy the flexibility of teaching from his home office at all hours of the day and night without having to drive to campus. His previous career experience includes working in urban, suburban, and rural schools as an elementary and secondary classroom teacher (general education and special education), curriculum coordinator, principal, and school superintendent. He also functioned as director of training for two state governments and director of a university-based computer training organization. He also operates his own training and consulting, Global Learning Institute, Inc. Thompson’s PhD is in Education Administration from the University at Buffalo where his doctoral dissertation researched connections between adult education principles and writers of computer documentation. His current research interests include online learning, Web conferencing, Web 2.0, and green computing.
Frequently Ask Questions:
Where is the workshop?
These workshops hosted by Sloan-C will be delivered solely online. Click here for an example of how the live sessions are conducted online
Is there any cost for me (or my department) to participate?
These workshops are solely sponsored by the Distance Education Department at USI. There is no cost to you or your department for you to participate the workshops. However, seats are limited - it is on a first come first served basis and the full time faculty members have reservation priorities.
Where can I view all the workshop options and how do I Sign up?
Please go to http://www.eventbrite.com/org/2124156737?s=8111421 to register. To learn more about these workshop, please click on the red "learn more" link at http://www.usi.edu/distance/workshop2012.asp.
What kind of equipment do I need?
You will need to have access to a computer with High Speed Internet connection and a headset everyday during the workshop period. The Distance Learning Office will provide each faculty participant a headset.
The workshop usually runs two weeks long. Do I need to meet the class every day? How much time commitment is required to participate?
These workshops usually involve one hour live session for orientation andone hour live session for panel discussion. The rest of the learning activities will be conducted using asynchronous communication tools just like how faculty would teach an online class. Thus, no specific date/time is required for participation except the live sessions.
All the live sessions will be recorded, so participants who cannot join the live meetings can watch the recordings later. Specific learning objective/outcome is determined for each week. You will probably spend 3-5 hours per week to participate depending on the weekly tasks assigned. The workshop participants will follow the instructions to access provided learning materials while engaging online discussions with other learners. Since these workshops are not conducted in the traditional format (instructor centered), self-motivated learning collaboration will be encouraged and reinforced.
There will be lots discussions between participants throughout the workshop period. It is highly recommended that every faculty participant login to the course site once a day or at least 5 times a week, so you can follow (fully participate) the class discussion throughout the learning period.
The Distance Learning Office at USI
Workshop provided by Sloan Consortium and sponsored by the Distance Learning Office at USI. For more information, please contact us at (812) 228-5124 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!