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Are You Ready to Learn Online? The circumstances around the COVID-19 pandemic have recently required students become online learners. There may be times that these same protocols will be implemented for snow days as well. The following are self-assessments about your readiness to learn online and easy-to-use tutorials to learn the skills you need to be successful in online learning:
- Self Assessments on Readiness for Online Learning: Explore a collection of these self-assessment organized within MERLOT and choose ones that are right for your students.
- Diagnostic Assessment and Achievement of College Skills: Includes assessment of self-regulatory learning skills that are essential for online learning. Learn more about DAACS...
- Tutorial for Online Learning: The California Community College's Online Education Initiative created eleven (11) modules and 4 interactive tools to help students learn skills and plan for being a successful online student.
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- College Skills Navigated Learning Curriculum – You can adopt this course curriculum for Free!
- Teachers and students can sign up as guests and use the College Skills Tutorial which provides you feedback on students' performance for Free!
- Customize the College Skills Course - you can customize this college skills tutorial for your institution. Learn more...
The tutorial is like “Google Maps for Learning”; after a diagnostic to assess the learner’s current knowledge, the Navigated Learning tutorial delivers a pathway of learning resources and assessments to the learner’s destination. The knowledge domains of College Skills includes guidelines for seeking advice, engaging with faculty, time management, and more as well as how to be a successful online learner. The tutorial provides the faculty a dashboard on every learners’ progress in attaining the various competencies.
Students can find and share online learning resources that work for them. Over 50,000 students from around the world are MERLOT members (it’s free to join) and have used it to support their own online learning. Students can create their own personal collections of learning resources and easily share them with you and their fellow students. Providing your students an assignment to explore MERLOT and SkillsCommons and share the online resources they find most valuable helps them learn (and develop ICT literacy skills) and reduces faculty workload in finding the “good stuff” on the web.
- Have students become MERLOT members for FREE so they can participate in the worldwide community of online learning throughout their lives.
- Explore MERLOT’s tools to build and share personal “bookmark collections”.
- Explore SkillsCommons collection of free online learning materials to prepare for jobs in a variety of industry sectors.
- Reuse/revise a Class-Assignment.docxfor your students at the start of your transition to online learning. Use the pandemic as a topic and have your student create opportunities to contribute to the course as it moves online.
- Students can create and publish their own learning ePortfolios with MERLOT Content Builder. Use video tutorials so they can learn to use the tool and let them explore an example of a student's learning ePortfolio that has already been created and published on the web.
When you adopt any of these activities, you would be practicing “Open pedagogy -the practice of engaging with students as creators of information rather than simply consumers of it" (ref).
Face-to-face learning is essential for learners in apprenticeship programs and mentors face-to-face teaching is essential for successful learning. There are many ways that online learning and teaching can augment and complement work-based learning. SkillsCommons has organized a wealth of resources that can help you integrate online teaching and learning within work-based teaching and learning.
- Apprenticeship and Work-based Learning Portal - Explore and use this free and open resources by SkillsCommons.
- Apprenticeship Program Models - SkillsCommons also provides exemplary models for apprenticeship program that were funded by the U.S. Department of Labor grants.
- Workforce Development Online Curriculum - Explore the wealth of free and open online curriculum in a variety of workforce development areas.