Archives for May 2014

#ETT511 Top 100 Technology Blogs for Teachers

As you look to build your own personal learning network, here’s a great collection of technology blogs specifically geared toward education that you might find of interest:

~ Dr. J

#ETT511 The Importance of Teacher Bloggers

Why should you consider blogging as an educator? Check out this article discussing the importance of teacher bloggers and offering blogging suggestions for teachers.

#ETT511 Eye Spy Visual Design #etraeyespy – Summer 2014

#etraeyespyExamples of visual design are everywhere around you! As a student in #ETT511, each week you will take a photo of at least 1 example of visual design that you come across in your everyday life. Post the photo to Instagram using hashtag #etraeyespy and include in the description why in your opinion the visual design you’ve photographed is either effective or not.

To receive full credit, a minimum of 1 photo each week with brief description should be posted to Instagram with hashtag #etraeyespy. Follow hashtag #etraeyespy to see the visual design examples your classmates “spy” and comment on the ones that you find most interesting.

How To Write Engaging Questions for Online Discussion Forums

Online asynchronous discussions are often incorporated by faculty into blended or online courses, providing opportunities for rich dialog among students outside of the traditional face-to-face classroom environment. A number of steps can be taken to promote an engaging and interactive online discussion, beginning with drafting the discussion questions that students are asked to respond to. This infographic highlights a variety of suggestions that can yield more meaningful and deeper online discussions.

How to Write Engaging Questions for Online Forums Infographic
Source: BangTheTable

For students in my summer course, ETT 511, you may in particular find these tips helpful as you draft the discussion questions for the week your group facilitates.

What additional suggestions do you have for writing engaging questions for online discussion forums?  Feel free to leave a comment with your ideas!

7 Learning Principles To Create Online Courses

Geri E. McArdle, in his book Training Design and Delivery, encourages training professionals to become familiar with 7 principles and them in their delivery of education. These principles certainly also apply to online instruction:

  1. Part or Whole Learning
  2. Spaced Learning
  3. Active Learning
  4. Feedback
  5. Overlearning
  6. Primacy and Recency
  7. Transfer of Learning

Source: e-Learning Infographics

Additional commentary on these 7 principles is available here.