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Your Online Teaching Style Strategies for Engaging with Students Quinnipiac University Online April 7, 2017

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  • Your Online Teaching StyleStrategies for Engaging with Students

    Quinnipiac University Online

    April 7, 2017

  • Agenda

    • Introduction

    • Higher Education Standards

    • Defining Your Teaching Persona

    • Instructor Communication and Building Community

    • Persona Activity and Reflection

  • Initial Thoughts

    Navigate to PollEv.com/susanriello801 on your computer or mobile device, then type in your answer to the following:

    What do you think are the most important characteristics for successful online faculty engagement?

    https://www.polleverywhere.com/discourses/32td02th0R07ouZ

  • What is engagement?

  • Communication With Students (And Vice Versa)

    • Announcements and regular check-ins

    • Timely responses to discussions, emails, FAQs

    • Meaningful, personalized feedback

    • Not just about the assignments or content

    • The entire package of “you” as the instructor

  • Higher Education Standards

    • Engagement standards across institutions

    • Rubrics• Quality Matters• Online Learning Consortium

  • OLC: Quality Scorecard Categories

    Faculty Engagement: Instructor Role Student Engagement: Classroom Discussion

    Building Community Communication

  • Quality Matters

    Instructor Introduction Plan for Response Time

    Tools to Promote Engagement Clear Instructions and Current Materials

  • Current Materials

    • Best practice to “evergreen videos” –avoid specific dates

    • However…referencing current events can help students make connections

    • Videos mentioning current events must be updated regularly

    • If using an old video, explain why

  • Your Persona

    • Teaching “persona” paves way for engagement type

    • Written or video feedback?• Weekly wrap-ups or individualized?

    • Balancing personable, yet professional

    • Ensure that you are being yourself• Humorous or serious?

    “What a great discussion this week! Kendra and Susan made

    insightful points about the role of media in our modern society,

    while Frances shared an interesting personal connection to social networking in the real

    world.”

    Weekly wrap-up announcement, highlighting contributions of different students each week in a larger class

  • Personas: Online vs. On-ground

    On-Ground OnlineSynchronous learning More individualized, asynchronous learning

    Content/logistics questions can be asked in person

    Students may hesitate to ask content questions; more questions about logistics

    Get to know students personally Emphasize professionalism, encouragement

    Humor translates well – relies on voice inflections/delivery

    Humor sometimes gets lost; mistaken forsarcasm – err on side of positivity

  • Humor/Sarcasm vs. Positivity

    “Please review the rubric for this assignment. Although this may

    be hard for some of you to believe, I don’t just post rubrics

    for my own health.”

    On-Ground Instructor: Spoken Online Instructor: Written

    “Please review the rubric for this assignment. These rubrics are

    designed to help you, and I would love to see us all aim for the

    “Exemplary” category!”

  • Common Elements Across Personas

    • Responsiveness and timely feedback

    • Clarity, consistency and current materials

    • Enthusiasm for topic

    • Respect for students

  • Instructor Role: Communication & Blackboard Engagement

    Launching Week Two!

    Let’s Go Week Three!

    Halfway There!

    Checking In

    Wrapping Up Week Four

    Week Five Updates

    Quick Reminders

    Wow – Interesting Article!

    Good Luck!

    Happy Friday!

    Heads Up!

    Zooming By!

    Finishing Up

    Kudos to an Amazing Group!

    Congratulations and Thank You!

    Written Communication• Personality - Email vs.

    Blackboard

  • Instructor Role: Communication & Blackboard Engagement

    Written Communication• Communication from Bb

  • Instructor Role: Communication & Blackboard Engagement

    • Video Communication• Quick Videos (Highlight your strengths!)

    • Feedback, Updates, How-To…

    • TechSmith Fuse

    • TechSmith Relay

    • Camtasia Studio

  • Professor Mattie: Quick Announcement

  • Instructor Role: Communication & Blackboard Engagement

    • Interactivity & Multimedia

    • Interactive Tools

    Captivate

  • Instructor Role: Communication & Blackboard Engagement

    Course Design• Clear Instructions &

    Expectations

  • Building Community: Online Classroom

    Discussion Board FAQs

    Watercooler Discussion

    Engaging Discussions

    Guest SME

    “Ask Me Anything”

  • Building Community: Online Classroom

    VoiceThread Introductions

    Comments/Feedback

  • Building Community: Online Classroom

    VoiceThread Sharing Projects

    Group Projects

  • Building Community: Online Classroom

    ZOOM• Virtual Office Hours

    • Group Meetings

    • Guest Speakers

  • Online Teaching Persona: Activity

    In The Art of Teaching, Jay Parini explains that the Latin word “persona” implies that a voice is discovered by “sounding through” a mask.

    In Claire Major’s book Teaching Online, she notes that establishing a teaching persona online requires even more thought and effort than for those who teach in the face-to-face setting. We may not have the benefit of nonverbal messages like gestures, tone of voice, or the use of space in the classroom. Much of the online teaching persona emerges from course materials and the teacher’s written messages.

  • Concluding Thoughts

    Navigate to PollEv.com/susanriello801 on your computer or mobile device, then type in your answer to the following:

    In a few words, share one strategy from today's session that you would like to implement into your course.

    https://www.polleverywhere.com/discourses/32td02th0R07ouZ

  • Contact Us!

    Andrew [email protected]

    Susan [email protected]

    Frances [email protected]

    Alexander D’[email protected]

    mailto:[email protected]:[email protected]:[email protected]:[email protected]

    Your Online Teaching Style�Strategies for Engaging with StudentsAgendaInitial ThoughtsWhat is engagement?Communication With Students (And Vice Versa)Higher Education StandardsOLC: Quality Scorecard CategoriesQuality MattersCurrent MaterialsYour PersonaPersonas: Online vs. On-groundHumor/Sarcasm vs. PositivityCommon Elements Across PersonasInstructor Role: Communication & Blackboard EngagementInstructor Role: Communication & Blackboard EngagementInstructor Role: Communication & Blackboard EngagementProfessor Mattie: Quick AnnouncementInstructor Role: Communication & Blackboard EngagementInstructor Role: Communication & Blackboard EngagementBuilding Community: Online ClassroomBuilding Community: Online ClassroomSlide Number 22Building Community: Online ClassroomBuilding Community: Online ClassroomOnline Teaching Persona: ActivityConcluding ThoughtsContact Us!