Tag: instructional designers
Talk MOOC to me (TIE2)
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are kind of a big deal, whether you believe the hype or not. Since 2013, Penn State, in partnership with Coursera, has successfully launched five courses to thousands of eager learners. Web professionals have the opportunity to help re-imagine and contribute to their institutions’ core mission surrounding alternate learning experiences and global education. In this session, the presenters will discuss MOOC development, its value to higher ed institutions and how the online educational experience can be improved in a way that provides more effective learning experiences for students. We’ll touch on topics like: How are MOOCs beneficial? How can you identify the various resources needed for creating a MOOC. Which new and emerging technologies can be leveraged in MOOC development? And if you’re already in the MOOC game, what else could you be doing to improve user experience and student success?
Focusing on Student Success (TIE5)
As higher education professionals, our ultimate goal is to see students succeed. What each of us are doing has an impact, but how can we measure that impact? Budgets continue to tighten, and it is up to us to show that what we do has a meaningful impact on helping students graduate. It is more important than ever to measure that impact, find the gaps, and continue to improve. During this presentation, Jason Fish will discuss what his team is doing to measure, assess, and improve the effectiveness of what they are delivering. He will share insights into how to get quick wins as well as easy changes that can be made to enable the collection and dissemination of positive results.
Speaking the Students’ Language: Using Smart Phones & Apps to Enhance Learning in the Classroom (TIE6)
Group work and collaboration may be constrained in large classrooms and auditoriums. This presentation will be a hands-on demonstration on how to use technology in large classrooms, focusing on BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Participants are encouraged to bring their smartphones, tablets, IPad, laptop, etc. to this session. The methods discussed have been used in collegiate auditoriums and classrooms to enhance collaboration and learning. Educators constantly battle with the role that technology would play in their instruction. Some instructors object to using technology claiming that it negatively affects the ways which students learn, whereas others admit they simply don't use technology due to a lack of experience or training. Despite these constraints, educators can't deny that students are attached to their phones and other digital devices. Educators shouldn't see these devices as distractions, but as tools for instruction, collaboration and learning.
In fall 2011, Stanford University launched a free, online version of its "Introduction to AI" course, and the great MOOC race was on. Fast-forward three years and millions of students have enrolled in these massive open online courses. But has anyone learned anything? And what has higher ed learned about online education as a result of "MOOC madness"? This session will present an overview and history of MOOCs, a look at their place in the larger world of online education and a review of some of the research beginning to emerge about MOOCs and learning.
Recent research in learning has discussed the merits of constructivist learning as well as the possibility of mixing instructivist and constructivist learning (using the Cronje model) to provide an active and comprehensive approach. This presentation will showcase a course that was redesigned as a blended course using Canvas, online tools, and the classroom. This course design may provide instructors and course developers who are not yet ready to go completely online take a first step in that direction and gain some of the value of the flipped classroom.