What is it like to switch your role from an online instructor to that of an online student? Is a 12-week workshop enough time to impact an instructor’s teaching toolkit or transform an institution’s online course quality? These are among Read More >
Archives - August, 2018
Checklists help students to be more metacognitive and to self-regulate their learning. Well-defined checklists can make expectations clear for students and help them monitor their progress in completing the expectations.
It’s accurate to put me in the “reluctant online teacher” category. I am tired of the grind of the commute, which continues to get worse every year, and I see how teaching online will reduce the hours in my car. Therefore, I decided I was going to give online teaching a real chance. If I was going to take the plunge to build an online course, I was going to make THE BEST course I possibly could, and I was going to do it the right way the first time.
While rubrics sound like a critical tool for teaching and learning, I find that few educators enjoy making them or using them. I attribute this to several reasons. First, good rubrics are hard to make. It can be difficult to capture the essence of an assignment in objective and observable terms.
When it comes to opportunity, there’s much more than meets the eye for OLC Accelerate attendees. The formal sessions, while vitally important as the foundational conference scaffold, need to be viewed as supplements and mental catalysts within a much wider network of potential for connection and engagement. The OLC leadership team has worked tirelessly to envision a four-day experience, not just a conference.
Liz Ciabocchi (Emcee and panel moderator) Earlier this week, I was fortunate to participate in the OLC Collaborate Conference in New York City, co-sponsored by the host institution, Berkeley College. As a member of the OLC Board of Directors, I Read More >
Sharing student work is a wonderful way to showcase the efforts and talents of your students as well as your pedagogical approach as an educator. Student work should be appreciated and should serve as a reminder of why we all Read More >
One distinctive characteristic of the Online Learning Consortium’s conferences is the organization’s support for members who want to experiment with new ideas to continually improve the attendee experience. Last year, OLC launched a new social engagement program at OLC Accelerate called the Field Guide program, and thanks to popular demand, we’re happy to announce that it will return this year.
In science, researchers see theories and ideas as being tentative. New information can be introduced that prompts reflection and re-examination. For example, Copernicus’ work forced astronomers to re-evaluate whether the Earth was the center of the solar system and it Read More >