This is a website entitled "Learning To Teach Online". This includes an embedded video, a PDF download with general information about learning how to teach online including embedded links. There is a menu down the left-hand side of the screen where episodes (videos) can be viewed about different topics news; a request for feedback; information on the project, the advisory panel, the final project report and other options,
Type of Material:
This is a reference material that can be used by instructors. The information about aligning all aspects of the learning outcomes, assignments, readings and course components is very important relative to student learning and student performance.
This is also relevant to training and development in organizations if instruction is designed and managed by employees, as alignment of learning outcomes is very important to student learning and future performance.
Ability to play video and read PDF files.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Instructors will be able to:
- Consider value, need and interaction before going online
- Recognize the importance of pedagogy over technology
- Integrate digital literacy skills
- Examine strategies for online components
Target Student Population:
- Instructors new to online classes on any level - K to grad school
- People who are looking for an overview on online teaching
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Experience teaching appears to be a prerequisite, as this does not address how to teach, but instead addresses how to teach in an online and in blended classrooms.
- This material raises important considerations about online teaching.
- For those who are not familiar with blended or online formats, this may be helpful.
- It is done in simple, short information blocks.
- The PDF file is very helpful.
- There is no action in the video except people talking.
- The site could have visuals that help demonstrate the discussion and show the value of online possibilities.
- The disclaimer at the end of the document indicates some readings are held in subscriptions only in databases.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
- This may provide overview information for those not familiar with blended or online teaching
- The video may also provide some details on alignment and other areas that would be helpful for experienced instructors.
- The videos provide a variety of discussions which may also support new instructors or instructors who may be unfamiliar with the multiple components noted.
- Simple, short bursts of information that are important.
- Dryness of talking heads may lose the audience.
- The information may be too simplistic for those who have taught online or in blended courses.
- The embedded references may not be accessible except through institutional resources because they are paid subscription databases in several cases.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
- The PDF document is easy to download and self-explanatory.
- The live links on the left-hand side are also easy to access and self-explanatory.
- There are no problems getting into the information from the video
- There are a number of videos connected to this one, but it is not evident. They appear in a sidebar, but are not referenced.
- It would be helpful if the website included information on what to download so the plug-in could be identified, downloaded, and the video could be viewed more easily.
Other Issues and Comments:
Would like to see this introductory video be more lively to draw people into the rest of the program.
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